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Venezuela Considering Baby Bottle Ban to Promote Breastfeeding

Friday, June 21st, 2013

In a move Venezuelan legislators hope will encourage women to breastfeed their babies, the Congress of that country is considering legislation that would prohibit the use of baby bottles and the sale of infant formula.  More from Reuters:

Legislator Odalis Monzon said the proposal would “prohibit all types of baby bottles” as a way to improve children’s health.

“We want to increase the love (between mother and child) because this has been lost as a result of these transnational companies selling formula,” Monzon said on state television on Thursday.

She said the Law for the Promotion and Support for Breast-Feeding, passed in 2007, did not establish any sanctions for using formula. However, she did not say what the sanctions might be if the proposed change to prohibit bottle feeding is passed by Congress, where the Socialist Party has a majority.

Monzon said, however, that exceptions would be allowed, such as in the case of the death of a mother, or for women with limited breast milk production, as determined by the health ministry.

She did not respond to phone calls seeking details, including how long babies would be breast-fed.

Such legislation would likely raise the ire of opposition sympathizers who say the government of the late President Hugo Chavez excessively extended the reach of the state into the lives of private citizens.

“People are free to feed their children as they see fit,” said Ingrid Rivero, a 27-year-old mother in Caracas. “My daughter stopped breast feeding after seven months. What can I do? Force her?”

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FDA Bans BPA from Baby Bottles

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The chemical compound bisiphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA, can no longer be used to make baby bottles and sippy cups because of health and safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has announced.  Every major manufacturer of bottles and sippy cups has already stopped using BPA, and parents are familiar with “BPA Free” labels on those and other plastic products.

MSNBC.com reports on the ruling, which was requested by the U.S. chemical industry’s chief association, the American Chemistry Council in October:

The chemical industry’s request may help curb years of negative publicity from consumer groups and head off tougher laws that would ban BPA from other types of packaging because of health worries.

Legislation introduced by some members of Congress would ban BPA nationwide in all canned food, water bottles and food containers. Chemical makers maintain that the plastic-hardening chemical is safe for all food and drink uses.

BPA is found in hundreds of plastic items from water bottles to CDs to dental sealants. Some researchers say ingesting the chemical can interfere with development of the reproductive and nervous systems in babies and young children. They point to dozens of studies showing such an effect from BPA in rodents and other animals.

But the FDA has repeatedly stated that those findings cannot be applied to humans. The federal government is currently spending $30 million on its own studies assessing the chemical’s health effects on humans.

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