Breast Milk

Letters to the Editor, December 4, 2012

MTR needs to have more CCTV cameras. Photo: Sam Tsang

A full-page advert from the manufacturers of formula milk states we should "Help Mothers Make the Right Choice" (November 23) by allowing formula companies to continue promoting their products in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012, 3:10am 2 comments

To promote breastfeeding, give women more maternity leave

To promote breastfeeding, give women more maternity leave

When the Japanese infant formula scandal surfaced, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man urged mothers to switch to breastfeeding. But it's not that simple. To be serious about breastfeeding, Hong Kong needs to take a closer look at its hospital practices and maternity leave legislation.

31 Aug 2012 - 10:12am

Improve baby-food safety standards

Japanese food products enjoy a good reputation for safety, one reason Japanese supermarkets are popular in Hong Kong. Even after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, no serious issues were raised about contamination of imports to Hong Kong, thanks in part to heightened vigilance by our own and Japanese authorities.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

Breastfeeding frenzy raises awareness

Hundreds of new mothers across the mainland participated in breastfeeding flash mobs to mark World Breastfeeding Week, which ends today.

The activities were held in more than 10 cities at the weekend, with an aim of raising what the organisers said was poor public awareness about breastfeeding.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Supermarket worker 'saw accused traders load vans'

A ParknShop storeroom assistant in the Wong Tai Sin Shopping Centre saw two traders move dozens of boxes of baby formula into their vehicles, Kwun Tong Court heard yesterday.

The 23-year-old assistant is a witness in the trial of five people who deny charges of conspiracy to defraud and bribery in relation to the sale of baby milk formula.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mother admits starving her son

A judge has condemned a mother of five whose infant son starved to death after she only fed him heavily diluted baby milk, saying the baby had been in a worse state than malnourished children in the developing world.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It is complete nonsense to suggest babies who are fed with infant formula will become more intelligent and healthier in future

Paediatrician Alfred Tam Yat-Cheung

If they do not return our people, then for sure we will march to Lufeng

A Wukan villager, referring to demands for the return of villagers held by the police

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Forget baby milk ads, focus on supply, watchdog says

When it comes to choosing baby formula milk, parents should focus on the stability of the supply rather than the manufacturers' descriptions of ingredients, the Consumer Council says.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Milk of human kindness

I have a freezer full of somebody else's milk. It's not just any kind of milk. It's breast milk, somebody else's bodily fluids, which I plan to feed to my baby. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Formula makers eye ads code

Months after pharmacists criticised the accuracy of milk-formula advertisements, six major manufacturers have joined up to draft a code of practice governing marketing.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pharmacists warn on infant formula claims

Many milk formula advertisements that claim the products can speed up babies' development and make them smarter are exaggerated, pharmacists warn.

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong released a report yesterday that analysed health claims made by seven popular milk formula brands sold in Hong Kong and found most of them had no scientific basis.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

2 arrested in raid on fake formula factory

Two suspects and nearly 11 tonnes of fake baby formula made with starch and sucrose were seized from a warehouse-turned-factory in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Monday in the latest milk powder scandal on the mainland.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Milk formula sales rocket in HK

The second-largest supplier of milk formula for the city's babies said yesterday its sales hit a new high last month, up 50 per cent from the same period last year, but declined to say how much it had sold.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mother's milk the best formula for health

There is nothing more natural than a mother feeding her baby with her own milk, yet Hong Kong has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world.

From parents' anger over the recent milk powder shortage, it is clear that infant formula is still viewed as a necessity for babies. Why have we grown so reliant on it?

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Breastfeeding on the rise but still below international norms

The proportion of Hong Kong mothers breastfeeding their babies has doubled in the past decade, but the level is still lower than the international average, a government survey shows.

Of 2,500 mothers surveyed in 2008 by the Department of Health, 12.7 per cent said they fed their babies only breast milk continuously for six months, compared to only 5.8 per cent in 1998.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am