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June 21, 2007

It's More Complicated Than You Think George

George Monbiot told us on Tuesday that infant formula, that subsititute for breast milk, only exists because it makes fat profits. Or something, definitely a capitalist plot to discombobulate the working classes for the benefit of the plutocrats.

Left to their own devices, our two prime ministers will put healthy profits ahead of healthy children

It could be of course that our two Prime Ministers are merely well informed (and how it pains me to write that about a politician or two):

Since then, the introduction of infant formula reduced women’s comparative advantage in infant care, by providing an effective breast milk substitute......We explore the hypothesis that these developments enabled married women to increase their participation in the labor force, thus providing the incentive to invest in market skills, which in turn reduced their earnings differential with respect to men.

You do want to close the gender pay gap, don't you George?

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What a twit. Bet his wife is duffing him up right now :-)

More to the point, breastfeeding sometimes just doesn't work. I have a son who practically needed to be torn away, and a daughter who really wasn't that keen. Other friends were completely unable to get a baby to breastfeed. Such is life

Tim adds: "I have a son who practically needed to be torn away, and a daughter who really wasn't that keen."

Entirely ready for their future sexual personae then?

Posted by: Rupert Fiennes | Jun 21, 2007 12:43:27 PM

My son stopped breastfeeding because of the toxins in my wife's blood, she was undergoing chemotherapy at the time.

I'd guess this could equally apply to any new mother who is ill, short term or otherwise.

George uses spurious "evidence" that a breastfed population would be thinner and less prone to disease, even though there are numerous other obvious factors.

"breastfeeding protects against obesity" - must be the most.bollocks.ever.

Facts; Norway (98% breastfed) is experiencing exactly the same rapid increase in obesity as the UK (76% breastfed).

The underlying point of using formula milk is this; just ask any woman who has attempted breastfeeding, let them describe how that it is not a painless exercise for the first two weeks, although it does get better.

George is simply anti-convienience, anti-luxury and anti-enjoyment; he doesn't like cars, he doesn't like leisure activities, he doesn't like tourism, and he doesn't like formula milk.

Just like all his diatribes about "green" issues relate to how living in small farming communities would be better (until you need to go to hospital), he uses confabulated evidence to prove that taking the easy route of formula over natural milk is a long term benefit.

Posted by: IanCroydon | Jun 21, 2007 2:32:16 PM

"George ....doesn't like cars"

He's chsnged his tune on that. Moving to rural Wales did the trick...

Posted by: JuliaM | Jun 22, 2007 5:13:04 AM