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NOT permitted to use Boots points for milk

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kirk33 Tue 07-Sep-10 13:28:38

I am currently extremely upset with Boots the chemist.
I am a working mother and my husband stays at home to look after our 5 month old son.
My husband has just been told at Boots that we can NOT use our Boots points to buy the formula milk we feed our son !.
Apparently its company policy as they do not want to be seen to be promoting non breast feeding !!!!!!!!
This policy applies to all the formula even milk designed for older babys.
This policy is not advertised or displayed in store anywhere. As a customer who regularly spends a fortune in Boots the points seemed like a nice bonus, saving up for a rainy day !, i feel very aggrieved that i cannot use them against things we need. They advertise that they are parent and baby friendly but this seems very anti parent to me.
What if my husband were a lone parent ?. He would not be able to breast feed anyway.
My husband and I will no longer be shopping at Boots for any products and He will be informing the other parents in his coffee group about this situation.
Does anyone else feel we should be able to use the points on products we need ?

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prettybird Tue 07-Sep-10 13:32:36

There are plenty of other "baby" related necessities that you could spend your points on.

DuelingFanjo Tue 07-Sep-10 13:33:17

see link

more info

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Sep-10 13:34:54

It's against the law, you loon, you can't use promotional points or vouchers in any shop in the land for formula.

Why do you care so much? just spend the points on nappies or Kalms tablets.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Sep-10 13:35:31

"He will be informing the other parents in his coffee group about this situation."

lol you twat grin

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Sep-10 13:35:55

Apols for the insults but i don't think this person is real.

StealthPolarBear Tue 07-Sep-10 13:35:55

I've seen signs on the shelves saying that points can't be redeemed on infant formula, tobacco, lotttery etc

VirginOnTheRidiculous Tue 07-Sep-10 13:36:06

It's not Boots. It's the law.

No shop will advertise, reduce the price of or allow you to redeem points when purchasing formula.

It will be the same wherever you go.

BooBooGlass Tue 07-Sep-10 13:36:25

Get over it. It's the law.If he were a lone parent he'd get milk vouchers. You don't, so can clearly afford the formula.

purpleturtle Tue 07-Sep-10 13:36:59

Products that you can spend points on (most of them) are denoted in store by a blue * aren't they? Baby milk isn't in that category.

BooBooGlass Tue 07-Sep-10 13:37:07

<spray> at Kalms tablets. Indeed.

muggglewump Tue 07-Sep-10 13:38:52

Spend them on some other baby essential then. I don't get the big deal.
When DD was small I bought all of her baby stuff in Boots (except milk, I got that free as I was on a low income) and got myself a fabby new hairdrier with the points I saved.

It's not Boots, it's the law.

BikeRunSki Tue 07-Sep-10 13:40:06

You can't earn points on formula either. Like everyone said, it is the law. It is certainly against the law to promote formula feeding in anyway to babies under 6 months, and discourages for babies over 6 months.

I formula fed, I dealt with it. I spent my points on ELC toys instead.

DuelingFanjo Tue 07-Sep-10 13:40:09

I agree with GetOrfMoiLand

good effort but no cigar!

toucancancan Tue 07-Sep-10 13:44:15

Hang on I defo bought the last two boxes of powdered milk with my points. It must depend which Boots you go into.

BornToFolk Tue 07-Sep-10 13:48:02

Was it follow on milk toucancan? That's probably exempt from the points thing as it can be advertised and promoted whereas first milk can't.

<really wants to be a fly on the wall at OP's DH's coffee morning...>

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Sep-10 13:54:10

I would like to be a fly on the wall at the SMA viral marketing campaign meeting.

Rookie marketing goon: 'ooh I will try to start a thread on mumsnet, get a good debate going'

Veterans: <laughing into their coffee cups> 'yes, good luck with that, Nikki'

AmazingBouncingFerret Tue 07-Sep-10 13:58:35

I bought several cartons of infant formula ready mix via my points once. Definitely not the follow on milk because she was only about 6 months old at the time. confused

I buy the follow on milk now though purposely to get boots points for christmas presents. Mother and Baby club you get 10 points for each pound you spend so my points are very quickly going up!!


MumNWLondon Tue 07-Sep-10 14:02:18

You can spent the points on nappies.

Its illegal to sell formula on promotions or for points. So same in tesco/ sainsburys / asda etc.

wondering whether this is a troll.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 07-Sep-10 14:08:08

Everything I was going to say has been said already, but I think it's worth re-iterating that you're an idiot.


MumNWL - yes very probably. This same thread crops up every few months.

weegiemum Tue 07-Sep-10 14:10:09

Getorf - loving your viral marketing campaign meeting!

Lulumaam Tue 07-Sep-10 14:12:38

getorf, you're my new girl crush ! hilaaaaaaaaaarious!

you can spend points on nappies, wipes, nappy cream , toiletries, cotton wool, ear buds, shampoo, talc, hairbrushes, nail clippers and any other things for your baby

except formula

it's not boots, it's every pharmacy in the country, cos it's the law innit?

weegiemum Tue 07-Sep-10 14:18:10

Don't you think its a shame that Boots don't sell wine?

tabouleh Tue 07-Sep-10 14:19:14

In this country advertising and promotion of infant formula is prohibited.

The UK follow the World Health Organisation guidelines on this.

Loyalty points are a form of promotion - therefore they cannot be used for infant formula.

This is also the case for medicines.

Follow on formula was created as a product in the country so that formula companies could advertise that instead.

It has been shown that countries which permit any type of formula advertising have lower BFing rates - this is because the advertising leads to a FFing culture.

I feel that this was a contributory factor to the lack of support for me and DS when BFing was so difficult to establish and was a reason for the "why don't you just put him on the bottle" comments from family members.

kirk33 I do hope you come back to the thread but I somehow don't think you will. I assume you are looking to provoke some sort of "what's wrong with FFing adverts" ruck?

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Sep-10 14:21:47

grin lulumama

Follow on milk is such a pile of shit. Just give them cows milk at that age, from a cow. Or not.

Imagine the SMA viral campaign would have wprked a bit better on Netmums.

'ohmygod yes i toturly agree wiv u its not fair is it boots are itches'

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