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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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