Indonesia has a law that stipulates all babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.
Article 12 of the law says health care workers can accept assistance from baby formula companies in certain forms, including through funding, training, research and development.
But that could open the door for formula companies to market their products to health care workers and mothers, the association said.
It said this element of the law could lead to a conflict of interest for certain parties such as health care providers who are supposed to protect mothers and their children from exploitation by market interests.
Fifa started feeding her two-month old baby formula provided by her midwife (who was probably given a ‘gift’ by Danone. Or Nestlé.). Fifa now spends Rp.400,000 (about £26) a month, half her husband’s salary. The milk is necessarily diluted with water to make it go further.
The Indonesia market of baby milk formula is worth $1.1bn (£708m).
Danone – “keen to expand in Indonesia” – has brands specifically targetted at all levels of Indonesian society ….
1. Which company intended to fund the Daffodil Study?
This was a research project supposed to be conducted by a group of researchers from University of Indonesia’s medical school, aimed at finding which formula milk most closely resembled breast milk.
The study planned to use four-month-old babies as test subjects. Its title was “Effect in Using Formula Composed with Cow’s Milk Fat, Enriched with Mixed Fats & Added Fosfolipid on Duration & Infection in Babies’ Digestive and Respiratory System.”
A Change.org petition succeeded in preventing the research.
If countries are moving away from experimental research on live animals, and performances of topeng monyet (masked monkeys) are now outlawed in Jakarta, it is surely perverse to even think of experimenting on infants.
2. The city administration is drafting a bylaw on the provision of lactation rooms in office buildings and public places.
Jakarta Health Office head Dien Emmawati said that it is part of a campaign to increase the number of mothers giving their babies only breast milk for the first six months of their lives. Many mothers chose not to breast-feed because there were few places to do so comfortably in public.