Breastfeeding logoCanadian Pediatric Society - Nutrition Committee Breastfeeding Friendly - Not!

Attempts by the Nutrition Committee of the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) to close Canada's last remaining Human Milk Bank leads one to question the significance the pediatric profession accords breastfeeding.

Notably, this is not the only overt endeavour by the Committee to relegate breastfeeding to the status of unimportance.

When perusing the Who's Who of the Nutrition Committee their lack of breastfeeding support comes as no surprise. Chaired by Stanley Zlotkin of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, recognized for his pro-artificial feeding stance and research links to the formula industry, the committee includes representatives from Heinz and the National Nutrition Institute (founded and funded by the formula and food industry to propagate and lobby for industry interests) and has a history of anti-breastfeeding positions. This litany includes their:

Given the influence the pediatric profession has enjoyed in the past through its nutrition statements, the current performance of the committee puts into question the trust Canadians may have placed in them. In the light of such unprofessional behaviour, what if any credibilty will the committee retain? Small wonder it has been dubbed the Infant Formula Marketing Board of the CPS.

And, most importantly, we have to ask what is the impact on the nutritional status and well-being of infants and what are the consequences for mothers, for parents?

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