At the One Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum last year in Luang Prabang, one of the persons I met was Patti Rundall of Baby Milk Action. Prior to OABPF, I was already a breastfeeding advocate and actively stopped buying Nestle products for my home. After listening to the speakers about their ideas, insights and experiences, I realise that supporting the Nestle boycott doesn’t mean just NOT buying Nestle products for my family but also telling others who ask why we do it. Every one person that also supports the boycott and stops buying Nestle is a huge boost to this campaign.
Nestle has been called “The Baby Killer” because of its marketing practices. Previously, Nestle salespersons were dressed as nurses and pushed infant formula to the new mothers. Honestly, I have an issue with companies using healthcare workers like doctors and nurses to sell their products. These people are health professionals tasked to look after the health of the people – not to act as salespersons for the interest of a company.
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Why Nestle and not xxx brand that makes formula milk? I also avoid the other companies that make formula milk but usually there brands are limited to milk. It is Nestle that has more brands. Did you know that Nestle is one of the 10 corporations that control everything we buy!
Do YOU have any brands that you boycott? Share your campaign in the comments!