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Any idea what my StepFIL is on about..??

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Alderney Fri 11-Mar-05 14:13:01

My MIL is married to a loud mouthed, opinionated know the type - loud, uneducated old man of a certain age whose opinions aren't the most modern or openminded..

We were talking the other day about the possible reasons none of the major formula manufacturers were represented at The Baby Show in Glasgow - I mentioned that they aren't allowed to do supermarket offers or free trials etc on infant milk as the government and WHO policy is to advocate breastfeeding so it may have been somehow related to that...

To which this Oaf took exception and told everyone in a loud voice "Thats rubbish and I thought the government were starting to tell people they didn't need to bother with that any more"...

I left it at that - I'm fairly well up on things - I'm educated, read a lot of baby books, baby mags, baby websites and watch baby tv and I have certainly never heard that. Its also just over a year since I had Pufflet so its unlikely things have changed THAT much...

He does watch a lot of news (basically he watches the TV all day) so I can only assume that he got the complete wrong end of the stick on SOMETHING he had seen - I can't even imagine what it was he could have seen because I have never seen anything, even on very extended breastfeeding that has particulary advocated stopping it...

Does anyone have any idea what he could be on about, or is there anything I have missed (you know, obscure Albanian research on 3 women say there is no need to bf)...

(If it makes any different I didn't bf Pufflet and I have no particular axe to grind on either side of the bf/ff debate - on this issue I am firmly pro-choice)


morningpaper Fri 11-Mar-05 14:18:46

He is just an oaf who probably drools at the sight of exposed breasts. You are right - there are bans on promoting formula:

"Restrictions on promotion of infant formulae
19. No person shall at any place where infant formula is sold by retail -

advertise any infant formula;
make any special display of an infant formula designed to promote sales;
give away -
any infant formula as a free sample; or
any coupon which may be used to purchase an infant formula at a discount;
promote the sale of an infant formula by means of premiums, special sales, loss-leaders or tie-in sales; or
undertake any other promotional activity to induce the sale of an infant formula."

motherinferior Fri 11-Mar-05 14:26:27

Total oaf, I can't think of anything remotely along these lines.

HappyMumof2 Fri 11-Mar-05 14:39:05

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aloha Fri 11-Mar-05 14:42:30

HMo2 - for the first time ever on MN I have actually gasped out loud at a comment! The paedophile thing is the sickest thing I can imagine. What a wonder she's an ex-friend.
I don't think the shock emoticon is strong enough here!
He's a fool, btw. Of course there isn't any evidence that breastfeeding is bad for you. As for 'giving my child cancer' - breastfeeding is protective against cancer, esp breast cancer in both breastfed babies and their mothers who feed.

HappyMumof2 Fri 11-Mar-05 14:45:40

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mears Fri 11-Mar-05 14:47:49

It is good that the Baby Show took this stand as formula milk manufacturers do have stands at conferences. They are not allowed to promote their milk as being as good as breast milk and they are not allowed to give out free samples.

You may be amazed to know that every years all the milk companies are represented at the Royal College of Midwives' (RCM) Conference which this year is in Harrogate. They also advertise first milks in the Midwives Journal Magazine which is produced by RCM. They are not allowed to advertise directly to parents but can to professionals.

It causes and huge arguement every year. However, they bring with them lots of money so the RCM covers themselves by saying they are allowing them advertising space but do not promote their products

Tommy Fri 11-Mar-05 14:50:26

Alderney - he sounds like he's talking out of his a*. I think it's so funny when men start talking about such things as if they really know what they're going on about. Do you remember on "Friends" when Rachel said to some man doctor - "No womb, no opinion" .....!

FooFoo Fri 11-Mar-05 20:59:28

The only thing I can think of recently was that awful Trevor McDonald programme going on about toxins in breastmilk. Maybe it was that.

Sorry but I pity your mil.

I have been told by a family member though that me b/f past 1 year is pervy.

HappyMumof2 Fri 11-Mar-05 21:24:54

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HUNKERMUNKER Fri 11-Mar-05 22:32:04

HMo2 - !!!

And Alderney, he's an oaf (which I'm sure you know anyway ).

moondog Fri 11-Mar-05 22:55:26

Talking through his arse...

moondog Fri 11-Mar-05 22:56:00

(LOL at the obscure Albanian research theory!!)

Pruni Fri 11-Mar-05 23:00:32

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