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To think it is shocking boots don't give points on first formula

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Mrswhiskerson Wed 07-Sep-11 14:34:19

This was brought to my attention again because a friend of mine has just had a baby tried to breastfeed suffered mastitis and started feeling really down so she switched to formula, when she handed over her advantage card she was told points were not given on first formula , she felt bad enough she could not breast feed and now it feels like she is getting penalised for it elsewhere.

I found the same thing when I had ds a year ago when I was told ,you don't get points for first milk I felt really bad too it's like your being punished for not breastfeeding in a way .

This is in no way a bf vs ff debate I just think it's wrong of boots to do this.

Lainey1981 Wed 07-Sep-11 14:35:34

AFAIK they are not allowed to do this by law ( or any other retailer) as they can't be seen to promote formula feeding before 6 months

soverylucky Wed 07-Sep-11 14:35:34

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DawnTiggaWeirdyBeardy Wed 07-Sep-11 14:35:52

They are complying with the guidelines for selling formula.


broomformychin Wed 07-Sep-11 14:36:17

Isn't it because of government regulations? There not allowed to be seen as promoting formula feeding I think.

Kayano Wed 07-Sep-11 14:36:18

I think that's wrong too! Didn't even
Know about it!!!

DawnTiggaWeirdyBeardy Wed 07-Sep-11 14:36:23

Crap that should be:



newbroom Wed 07-Sep-11 14:36:30

I don't think it's just Boots, I'm sure there's some legislation in the UK that forbids any kind of reward scheme, discounts etc for formula. Same with not being allowed to advertise first milk.

Filibear Wed 07-Sep-11 14:36:34

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soverylucky Wed 07-Sep-11 14:36:55

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RedOnion Wed 07-Sep-11 14:37:11

In fairness you don't get "points" of any kind for breastfeeding so perhaps they are approaching it from this angle. If you choose to FF (and I did so I am NOT having a pop at anyone) then why should you be rewarded more than someone who BFs. I doubt very much it is do with them "punishing" the evil formula feeders smile

DontCallMeFrothyDragon Wed 07-Sep-11 14:37:41

Tesco don't, either. Nor Sainsbury's, I believe.

It's because the World Health Organisation ruled that 1st milk should not be part of a promotion, formula, etc, in an attempt to encourage more women to breastfeed. I'm mixed on the idea, TBH.

Kayano Wed 07-Sep-11 14:37:42

I don't see it as promoting formula, but they give
Points for every thing else baby related? I think it's slightly unfair. Ppl are not going to ditch BF for some boots points surely?!

rushofbloodtothefeet Wed 07-Sep-11 14:37:43

More here. Warning: DM alert, usual emotive, far side of reason rules apply

Insomnia11 Wed 07-Sep-11 14:37:52

They don't give points for medicines either.

icooksocks Wed 07-Sep-11 14:38:04

Its seen as promoting formula and is against the law.

MrsTittleMouse Wed 07-Sep-11 14:38:07

It's not Boots fault. They aren't allowed to, it's illegal for them to have any kind of incentive or sale on formula milk.

Given the history of some of the companies that make formula, I think that it's a good law. I have nothing against formula milk itself, or anyone who wants to give their baby formula (or who uses it against their will because breastfeeding didn't work out for them), but the formula companies I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw.

RealityVonCrapp Wed 07-Sep-11 14:38:15

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MrsJamesMartin Wed 07-Sep-11 14:38:31

Its the same everywhere. There are regualtions that do not allow rewrds for buying formula, it is never ( or should never be ) sold at a marked down price or included in offers for the same reason

rushofbloodtothefeet Wed 07-Sep-11 14:38:40

Wow you lot are quick!

KAZAMM Wed 07-Sep-11 14:38:45

It's not just boots It's tesco and all other places where you get points on your shopping. Think it's to do with advertising and they can't be seen to be promoting first stage formula over breastfeeding.

It's not a dig at formula feeders and I think you're being a bit sensitive to perceive it that way.

Callisto Wed 07-Sep-11 14:39:23

How on earth is it penalising her fgs. I think your friend is being really over-sensitive on this, and so are you.

StrikeUpTheBand Wed 07-Sep-11 14:39:31

It's something to do with the law...the jist being that you are not allowed to have offers on first milks.

I don't exactly see how that is penalising or punishing anyone...if you were breastfeeding they wouldn't scan your boobs for you and then add lots of points to your advantage card would they?! (or at least they didn't with me!).

DontCallMeFrothyDragon Wed 07-Sep-11 14:40:19

Before I get flamed, the reason I'm mixed is because formula milk seems so expensive these days.

When I was working at Boots, it cost £5.49 a tin. Two years later, when DS was born, it cost over £8.00 a tin. Even as a breastfeeding mum, I felt this was a bit much, considering.

HeadfirstForHalos Wed 07-Sep-11 14:40:22

No store is allowed to give points for formula as it is seen to be promoting it which isn't allowed. That's also why you never get offers on 1st formula too

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