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I know it's illegal but is it worth reporting?

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Itscurtainsforyou Thu 05-Oct-17 22:44:06

Just seen a fb discussion about someone finding discounted "stage 1" baby formula at a supermarket. They reported it to the manager and told them it was against the law to discount baby formula. They said that the manager just returned the formula to the discount shelf.

There have been several comments about how this should be taken further and reported to various pro-breastfeeding groups/companies and the supermarket be boycotted.

I have no axe to grind re formula/breastfeeding, having done both. But my initial thought was that this response was a bit over the top - Aibu?

Squirmy65ghyg Thu 05-Oct-17 23:06:36

YANBU.

KarateKitten Thu 05-Oct-17 23:09:51

Ridiculous.

dowsabel Thu 05-Oct-17 23:10:43

It's illegal for a reason. She clearly felt strongly enough about it. Someone not so concerned about it could walk on by. I'd have done the same as your friend.

KarateKitten Thu 05-Oct-17 23:11:37

Do you get why it's illegal to discount it?

GetOutOfMYGarden Thu 05-Oct-17 23:11:39

I think the law is a very stupid one indeed, but they're within their rights to challenge it.

Mrsknackered Thu 05-Oct-17 23:12:07

they need a hobby

WitchesHatRim Thu 05-Oct-17 23:12:37

I would report it to trading standards.

Not sure why it should be reported to pro bf groups other than to stir up trouble.

Cat2014 Thu 05-Oct-17 23:12:54

Yabu, if you know the reasoning it does make sense

Sallygroves Thu 05-Oct-17 23:14:33

Why is it illegal to discount formula? confused

Seeingadistance Thu 05-Oct-17 23:14:38

I didn't know it was against the law to discount formula. Why is that?

Sportsnight Thu 05-Oct-17 23:14:43

Someone on our local Facebook selling page was touting their own homemade vegan alternative to formula for newborns this week. That, I could get furious about. This not so much,

SecretFreebirther Thu 05-Oct-17 23:15:44

Report it to Baby Milk Action
It is illegal to imcentivise formula feeding

ErrolTheDragon Thu 05-Oct-17 23:16:19

What is OTT is discussing it on FB. Virtue signalling with the possibility of upsetting women who for whatever reason can't BF - they should have just got on and reported it.

Itscurtainsforyou Thu 05-Oct-17 23:16:31

My understanding (may be wrong) is that it's not to be discounted as it would discourage breastfeeding (if this is the reason I'm not sure I agree with it though).

KarateKitten Thu 05-Oct-17 23:17:22

I disagree Cat. If you know the reasoning, an individual supermarket discounting is not really an issue. It's about manufacturer marketing and promotions more. The supermarkets are the knock on effect of the ban on promotions for manufacturers who have a lot to gain from promoting and advertising formula. Typically the reach of a supermarket is only in store so it's very isolated the damage they could do with a discount.

GetOutOfMYGarden Thu 05-Oct-17 23:17:40

Seeingadistance it's an EU law, they think that offering discounts on formula will encourage BF mothers to move for formula.

IMO all it does is add financial stress to mums who were going to FF anyway. Subsidies on breast pumps would be a better move.

rightnowimpissed Thu 05-Oct-17 23:19:55

I thought it was just illegal to discount it because mostly that is when the product is close to its sell by date, but I could be wrong.

Although if it was just because the store was not selling it and longer I think that would be ok as it’s a one off

KarateKitten Thu 05-Oct-17 23:20:28

Itscurtains, so you agree with what these formula manufacturers did in Africa?

Blahblahblahhhhhhh Thu 05-Oct-17 23:22:07

So the breast is best brigade get their way. I had to express and formula feed mine and was made to feel like a failure. The government don't want formula to be discounted as it promotes 'lazy mothering" breast is best yadayada we know but sometimes You can't do it. And are made to feel like a pariah for it.

KarateKitten Thu 05-Oct-17 23:22:18

Getout, think about it more carefully. It's not the discount at the till, it's the advertising and promotion on mass media by manufacturers. Pricing strategy is just one small part of that but it's the part people notice with the rest all banned so you are not realising what the ban is actually based on.

MarklahMarklah Thu 05-Oct-17 23:24:10

Bananas are cheaper than chocolate, but that doesn't mean people are going to eat them. I think it's a bit of an archaic law.

KarateKitten Thu 05-Oct-17 23:25:15

Marklah, I think people don't realise the power of advertising. And your example...chocolate is heavily advertised, bananas are not so bananas will never win.

Itscurtainsforyou Thu 05-Oct-17 23:25:54

I completely disagree with what some of the manufacturers did in developing countries, I think it's abhorrent.

But I'm not sure that anyone in the U.K. (for example) would choose formula feeding over breastfeeding because they could get a small discount on a tub of formula. If it's just about money, then most people would breastfeed as it's pretty much free (aside from associated cost of breast pads, nursing bras etc).

MammaTJ Thu 05-Oct-17 23:27:08

I could have done with this discounted formula when DD2 finally came out of hospital. In spite of pumping my boobs to death I could not squeeze any milk out of them, as the shock of her being taken from my breast, being taken to SCBU, then to a hospital 60 miles away without me, made my milk dry up. No amount of effort on my part could bring it back.

I was on Mat leave and skint.

YANBU to think the reaction was OTT!

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