Paediatricians vote for college to continue accepting funds from infant formula companies

“The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has rejected calls from its membership to stop accepting funding from formula milk companies.

Instead, it will continue to allow funding under clearly pre-specified conditions with a rigorous and robust set of safeguards in place, which it said the majority of its members had supported in a consultation. The council of the college announced the decision along with the results of the consultation, which had a 16% response rate (2522.)

In the consultation 650 paediatricians voted that the RCPCH should not accept any funding from companies that market or manufacture specialist milk formula, but 698 said that it should accept such funding after due diligence. Another 1083 said that it should accept funding with due diligence and further safeguards.”

I am so sad that this august and respected college cannot see that decisions will be influenced by this funding. Formula companies are experts at marketing. The national spend on specialist firmula milks is increasing and the evidence for many is poor to say the least. Breastfeeding has long-term health benefits for mother and baby which will save the NHS millions of pounds but gets virtually no funding.

RCPCH there is no such thing as a free lunch or a free conference

This is where the EVIDENCE sits – another wonderful resource operating on a shoe string First Steps Nutrition Specialist Formula

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Study Day Smethwick Friday 18th November

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Study Day with Kathleen Kendall Tackett and myself on mothers and depression 11th November

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Study Day London 11 November

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Study day on postnatal depression and how the infant feeding relationship can impact on maternal mental health, with expert speakers:
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC FAPA: a leading authority on maternal depression and the relationship between breastfeeding and depression.
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Wendy Jones PhD MRPharmS: Specialist Pharmacist with expertise in the safety of Drugs in Breastmilk and head of the Breastfeeding Network’s Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline.
The day includes lunch and a chance to network with colleagues. The event is supported by:
-The GP Infant Feeding Network (GPIFN) a growing community of primary care professionals with an interest in improving GP education on infant feeding and breastfeeding.
-Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB) the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in the UK
— The Breastfeeding Network Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline, a service run by the charity The Breastfeeding Network, which offers support and information to families and healthcare professionals on the safety of drugs in breastmilk.
The study day is suitable for GPs and GP Specialist Trainees, Health Visitors, Midwives, Pharmacists and other Health Care Professionals working with new families, as well as IBCLCs and Breastfeeding Supporters.

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