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Without looking it up, do you know what SMA stands for?

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hunkermunker Thu 06-Aug-09 23:42:53

I was a bit surprised - surprised I didn't know until I read it this week, that is! I thought I did.

IdrisTheDragon Thu 06-Aug-09 23:46:42

No idea at all.

I presume the M is for Milk.

Will look it up now

lisad123 Thu 06-Aug-09 23:48:23

scabby milk alert! LOL no serious have no clue

IdrisTheDragon Thu 06-Aug-09 23:49:10

Have now found out.

sorryaboutthenamechange Thu 06-Aug-09 23:51:49

Nope no idea

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 06-Aug-09 23:56:26

Well I can't find out, all I can see are references to Singapore Manufacturers Assocation or Special Memorandum Account.

hunkermunker Thu 06-Aug-09 23:59:19

If you do find out, don't post the answer on here, please - not for a little while.

IdrisTheDragon Fri 07-Aug-09 00:00:30

Did you see how I did not give anything away - well apart from the M smile

lockets Fri 07-Aug-09 00:01:08

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hunkermunker Fri 07-Aug-09 00:01:31

I did. I thought it v classy grin

MillBill Fri 07-Aug-09 00:02:06

SMA stands for 'Synthetic Milk Adaptation' and was first developed in 1919 by SMA Nutrition. Apparently.

MillBill Fri 07-Aug-09 00:02:43

Shit, sorry, you said without looking it up.

hunkermunker Fri 07-Aug-09 00:03:56

Yeah, I also said don't post the answer.

Hey ho, never mind grin

Interesting though - I bet not many people on here would know what it stood for without looking it up.

Anyone surprised by what it does stand for?

DidEinsteinsMum Fri 07-Aug-09 00:04:34

I was close. if you want to find out try typing sma milk rather then just sma.

IdrisTheDragon Fri 07-Aug-09 00:05:41

I really hadn't thought before - just let the letters roll into one "word". Doesn't sound so friendly in its full title really does it?

lockets Fri 07-Aug-09 00:06:04

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edam Fri 07-Aug-09 00:11:03

Yes, you can see why they don't exactly boast about it...

I was quite old before I realised it was S. M. A. not 'smaaaaaah'. blush But there were no full stops on the tin when my littlest sister was a baby!

hunkermunker Fri 07-Aug-09 00:12:32

I've been reading Politics Of Breastfeeding (I had to stop as it was depressing me so thoroughly that I took a break from it!). In it, the term "artificial milk" is used frequently, which I know upsets people and I can see why, but the "magical reverence" of the term 'infant formula' irritates me - and Gabrielle Palmer talks about that too. She says a cake is made up of ingredients, but we don't call it a formula. It's a pseudoscientific term, really, invented to lend authority to the product.

And oh, the marketing, the dreadful, dreadful things they said and did - and are still saying and doing!

And the name "Synthetic Milk Adapted" was referenced and I was surprised I hadn't known it already and I wondered whether it was hidden for a reason, because people don't like thinking of "artificial milk" and "synthetic" makes me think of nylon and other sweaty manmade fibres - and I wondered whether it would be a bit of a marketing own goal to make what it stood for widely-known.

IdrisTheDragon Fri 07-Aug-09 00:15:13

Yes, nylon - that's what it makes me think of.

MillBill Fri 07-Aug-09 00:18:05

That'll teach me to skim read, Facebook, Hotmail and watch telly at the same time.

hunkermunker Fri 07-Aug-09 00:42:48

If you've posted here, you'll be interested in this thread, I'm sure

NotQuiteCockney Fri 07-Aug-09 08:14:40

In North America, formula is often called baby milk. Implying that the other stuff is milk for ... what?

GoldenSnitch Fri 07-Aug-09 08:18:29

I knew - but only cause I read that bit in Politic of Breastfeeding just last night blush

KingRolo Fri 07-Aug-09 08:49:42

I didn't know what SMA stood for either until I read The Politics of Breastfeeding. Nice.

One of the most appalling things Palmer writes about is the use of 'milk nurses' by Nestle to promote artificial milk in developing countries. The sales women dressed as nurses and handed out free samples in hospitals. When asked later the majority of the new mothers said they thought the forumla had been recommended by the hospital.

TitsalinaBumsquash Fri 07-Aug-09 08:50:55

No idea!

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