Group reminds mothers: Breast milk is best for your babies

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Posted at Sep 25 2008 06:10 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2008 02:38 AM

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With the formula milk crisis in China, a child care advocacy group reminded Filipino mothers that breast milk is best for your babies.
 
Ma. Inez Fernandez, executive director of Arugaan, told radio dzMM Thursday that the milk controversy in China is only one of the many proofs that milk formula or artificial milk "will not guarantee you food safety at all."
 
Fernandez said that before China discovered that Sanlu and other Chinese milk products contained the toxic chemical melamine, there were several top-branded milk products around the world that were ordered recalled.
 
"Because the milk industry's technology doesn't guarantee a 100 percent sterilization," she said, adding that top milk brands from the around were ordered recalled from 2000 to 2008 because of "industrial errors."
 
Fernandez said the microorganism called enterobacter sakazakii, present in several formula milk products, is allegedly a main cause of sepsis or blood poisoning, which kills infants.
 
A United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) document called "By the number," said other reasons of milk product recalls around the world are the detection of bacteria, microorganisms, and glass particles.
 
Fernandez said that because of the dangers of formula milk to babies, the group has intensified its breastfeeding campaign in the Philippines.
 
The campaign is in line with the Department of Health's policy encouraging Filipino mothers to breastfeed their babies for two years.
 
Fernandez said formula milk for toddlers is also not advisable. Instead of toddler milk formulas, parents should develop a healthy eating habit for their child.
 
She said real food is better than formula milk, which has been failing its promise to parents of creating "magic" for their children. Majority of top formula milk producers in the country lure mothers into buying their products with the promise of making their children smarter, grow faster and stronger.
 
"They seduce mothers by saying their products can produce magic. They get celebrity people as endorsers, that’s why mothers give up breastfeeding," she said.