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Infant Formula Promotion and Infant-Feeding Practices, Bicol Region, Philippines

Citation

Griffin, Charles C.; Popkin, Barry M.; & Spicer, Deborah S. (1984). Infant Formula Promotion and Infant-Feeding Practices, Bicol Region, Philippines. American Journal of Public Health, 74(9), 992-7. PMCID: PMC1651775

Abstract

A 1978 household survey and a 1981 survey of stores and health facilities document the availability of breast milk substitutes, promotion of infant food and formula through the medical sector, and the effects of such promotion on the infant-feeding practices of mothers in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Breast milk substitutes were universally available in the region. Infant food and formula companies were active in the modern medical sector with promotional efforts that included distributing free formula samples, providing pamphlets and posters, and organizing professional meetings. Industry activities had mixed effects on health professionals' knowledge of breast-feeding and attitudes towards the practice. Activities of multinationals tended not to affect mothers' breast-feeding behavior directly but increased the probability of their introducing breast milk substitutes within the first six months, and thus in practicing a program of mixed feeding.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/ajph.74.9.992

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Public Health

Author(s)

Griffin, Charles C.
Popkin, Barry M.
Spicer, Deborah S.

Year Published

1984

Volume Number

74

Issue Number

9

Pages

992-7

PMCID

PMC1651775

Reference ID

3544