Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2013

Queen Elizabeth should now abdicate. Photo: AFP

I wrote an article for Chartered Quality Institute's Quality World magazine to discuss how to prevent scandals such as horsemeat illegally used in food products, and the contamination of milk powder, rather than afterwards contain the damage these events cause. One of the solutions to the shortage of milk formula and its rationing in Hong Kong and Britain that I recommended was breastfeeding.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 4:00am 3 comments

Hong Kong fails to promote breast milk even amid formula shortage

The government has been accused of squandering an opportunity to promote breastfeeding amid the furore over shortages of infant formula. Photo: May Tse

One breastfeeding advocacy group said a special hotline and other measures aimed at helping local mothers secure formula milk actually assisted manufacturers in promoting their products and gave them direct access to mothers.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 2 comments

Mainland mothers need access to safe food at home

More mothers are opting to breastfeed their babies after the mainland's melamine formula scandal. Photo: Imaginechina

According to the China Daily, one of the "better side effects" of the mainland's melamine formula scandal is that more mothers are opting to breastfeed their babies. However, breast milk is only as good as the food the mother eats.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 6, 2013

Big Buddha, a top attraction on Lantau. Photo: Edward Wong

Lantau was seen to have opened its gates to the outside world with the completion of the Hong Kong International Airport and the convention and exhibition centre AsiaWorld-Expo. Its developments have brought welcome job opportunities, especially to residents in Tung Chung and Tsing Yi.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Breastfeeding awareness campaign ramped up

The Health Department has ramped up campaign on breastfeeding.

I refer to Ms Jane Parry's letter ("Health officials fail to emphasise importance of breastfeeding", February 7).

The Health Department has all along been promoting breastfeeding, and educating parents about the healthy feeding of infants and young children. The department is fully aware of the recent public concern about the shortage of formula-milk supply.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:47am 1 comment

The issue of breastfeeding in Hong Kong

The issue of breastfeeding in Hong Kong

More than 100 women and their infants protested outside his studios, staging a "Nurse-In" to promote women's rights to feed their babies.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:06pm

Foster breastfeeding while promoting formula advertising code

WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively until the age of six months. Photo: May Tse

New consumer protection rules for marketing and advertising tend to run the gauntlet of free-market principles. In the latest example major manufacturers of baby milk formula have cited economic freedom in their resistance to some aspects of a voluntary advertising code. These include prominent health warnings, such as the need to use very hot water to mix the formula, and the possibility of digestive upsets. Manufacturers are concerned about the effects of hot water on live organisms they claim are beneficial, and say the second warning doesn't apply to all formula milk.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Right to breastfeed deserves support

Cammy Lai Hoi-fung feeds her daughter Lam Yan during the mass breastfeeding event in Babys' products expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: May Tse

The government is to be commended for attending to the needs of non-breastfeeding mothers so that their infants do not lack formula milk.

It is ironic that breastfeeding mothers requesting such high-level policy direction, multi-bureau participation and injection of resources to ensure their infants are able to be breastfed have not been met with the same vigour.

9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am

Letters to the Editor, February 8, 2013

People queue outside Lei Yuen before it closes. Photo: May Tse

A priority policy should be in place not just for education, but for other services, including welfare, because people living locally contribute to the government budget as Hong Kong taxpayers.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

Health officials fail to emphasise importance of breastfeeding

Various brands of baby formula are all equally inferior to breast milk. Photo: David Wong

The baby formula saga rolls on, and as a public health researcher I have been waiting to see media coverage of someone from the Department of Health or the Food and Health Bureau pointing out three important facts.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:47am

Private hospitals may pursue Unicef programme for breastfeeding

Dr Patricia Ip, chairwoman of Unicef's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (Hong Kong Association).

The city may get its first private hospitals with a Unicef "baby-friendly" accreditation in a few years, after they take steps to steer new mothers away from feeding their infants milk formula, the UN agency said yesterday.

14 Dec 2012 - 6:01am 1 comment

Limits urged on baby formula adverts

Excessive advertising of infant milk formulas could be curbed if breastfeeding associations can persuade the government to legislate an advertising code.

Parents and breastfeeding advocates are upset by what they see as brainwashing over the benefits of formula.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Letters to the Editor, September 03, 2012

So much of harbour already lost. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Land exchange is definitely best option

Society for Protection of the Harbour is in complete agreement with the article by Roger Nissim ("Land exchange the fairest route", August 29). He believes that a workable solution must be found to increase the land supply by making use of the vast land resources in the New Territories.

3 Sep 2012 - 1:44am

Hong Kong lagging region on breastfeeding statistics

The Hong Kong Committee for Unicef applauds and commends the efforts made by Lisa Milliner as described in her letter ("Hospital out of touch on breastfeeding", August 24).

30 Aug 2012 - 2:40am

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