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Would I be banned from MN if I applyed for this job!!

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lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:07:37

Firstly cant apply for it anyway as currently pregnant and due to take 12 months Mat Leave as of next March BUT............

I was offered the chance to apply for job selling SMA products to medical professionals.

I currently work in sales in Medical devices and hate current job and would like to sell to midwife/health visitors.

I am a pro breastfeeder and bf dd1 and plan to bf dc 2

Presuming this job involves selling follow on milk only, surely this does not mean I would be banned from mumsnet hmm

I am going to get flamed are'nt I smile

nell12 Mon 01-Sep-08 21:08:45

shock grin

tissy Mon 01-Sep-08 21:13:03


if you're only "selling" to professionals you won't be able to give them any "as good as breast milk" crap, because they'd know it's not true. Anyway, as a pro-breastfeeder you would be entirely accurate in your approach, wouldn't you?Do SMA do other products that aren't milk-related?

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:14:35

Not sure if they sell other stuff but presume yes.

I am bit gutted really as its come about a year to early- would love to have worked doing something like this

stripeymama Mon 01-Sep-08 21:15:55

What SMA products?

WilfSell Mon 01-Sep-08 21:16:57

You wouldn't be banned but you would have to wear sackcloth and ashes. And be shunned.

And stoned.

And then we'd set hunkermunker on you.

Seriously though, do you want us to make you feel better. Cos I don't think we can smile

Up to you.

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:17:55

Just looked at website- lookslike its consumer baby milk and specialised baby milk prescribed by health professional

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:18:53

oh no- cant apply for it any way cos of pregnancy- and tbh would def have applyed for it regardless but just got me thinking what mums net would thinkgrin

fishie Mon 01-Sep-08 21:20:06

tissy alas health professionals often know fuck all about bf.

lilymolly i don't know anything much about selling stuff to medical professionals but since follow on was only created to allow formula companies to promote it then i can't think it is a super ethical career choice hmm

DontNeedAnything Mon 01-Sep-08 21:22:31

Well TBH I couldn't care less.

But I think the market for follow on milk will be limited. I expect it would be mostly the stuff for premmies and neonates that the healthcare profession has a market for.

Any special dietry requirements milk is likely to have been prescribed again you would be selling to the pre-follow-on "market"

DontNeedAnything Mon 01-Sep-08 21:23:27

You weren't on The Apprentice were you...there was someone on there who sold medical devices grin

theSuburbanDryad Mon 01-Sep-08 21:24:28

You might get banned for spelling "applied" wrong...wink

tissy Mon 01-Sep-08 21:25:31

fishie,I am one, and whilst I agree that some can be in the dark about the mechanics of bf, not one that I know would claim that formula was as good or better.

my point is that lilymolly would not be pushing formula to the end consumer, but to people who's role is one removed. If they are ill-informed, it would not be her fault. In fact, a pro-breastfeeder is a GOOD person to be selling formula, I would say.

Now if she were planning to join Nestle, I'd never "talk" to her again......

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:28:52

No was not on the apprentice wink

how do you spell applied? blush

After reading the website info- i suspect it prob is selling first stage milk to health professonals and other prescription milks.

Surely if I emphasise that BF is the BEST choice, and that SMA is a second when BF is not suitable then this will be ok hmm wink

zazen Mon 01-Sep-08 21:29:10

I mix fed my DD, due to complications with post section and mastitis etc... if it weren't for the odd bottle of formula my DD would have been a different baby. Finding the right formula was a long process as we had no information from midwives or health visitors.

I think you sound very suited to this job, passionate, committed and informed.

Unless of course you want to sell heroin.

Formula isn't Class A drugs folks!! grin

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:30:55

Def was not on apprentice grin

How do you spell applied? blush

Job would prob sell first stage milk and prescription milk.

Presuming I am pro bf and offer sma as a second choice then surely thats not too bad ehhmm?????

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:33:43

ignore last post- posted twice by accident

I would presume that selling the SMA milk would be not selling it over breast milk but rather selling it over amptimil or heinz for example.

fishie Mon 01-Sep-08 21:34:53

i had difficulty establishing bf. EVERY health professional i encountered (midwives, hospital bf adviser, gp, hv) was unable to help and suggested i use formula.

to think that having a job as a sales rep for a formula company will enable a bit of bf support on the side is a bit naive.

welliemum Mon 01-Sep-08 21:40:23

I think I'm with tissy, in that if someone has to do this, a breastfeeder would be a good choice, for balance.

But knowing the way formula companies behave, I wouldn't myself be confortable working for them tbh.

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:41:43

Oh all blue chip companies behave badly- have to work for someone and pay mortgage smile

fishie Mon 01-Sep-08 21:43:54

you could work for a charity as a fundraiser. i bet you have loads of transferrable skills.

lilymolly Mon 01-Sep-08 21:47:43

funny you should say that fishie shock

I am a trustee and secretary of local Riding for Disabled group and I am responsable for fundraising grin

That was one of my other options

fishie Mon 01-Sep-08 21:49:22

i'm a fundraiser smile

it is fun although a bit scary sometimes what with responsibility for keeping things afloat.

VeniVidiVickiQV Mon 01-Sep-08 21:50:50

Only if you were willing to commit industrial espionage to benefit the "cause"......wink

fishie Mon 01-Sep-08 21:51:15

sorry that sounded horribly pious. i meant sometimes it is stressful but generally it is rewarding. the pay isn't too bad either.

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