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Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006, 04:20 pm
Massachussets governor attemtping to block formula ban

A news flash from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition just hit my inbox - so please, pardon my cross-posting, but time is very short and it is vital that we get the word out about this threat to the new Massachusetts regulations.

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SUBJECT: Governor Threatens Formula Marketing Ban

The governor's office is petitioning the Public Health Council to
strike the section banning direct marketing of formula. There will be
a special public meeting of the Public Health Council on Tuesday at
9:30am in Downtown Boston.

It is important that health care providers and mothers attend!

Location: Daley Room, 5th floor, 2 Boylston Street, Div of Healthcare
Finance and Policy, corner of Washington Street and Boylston.

The AP is already aware. The opposing side is stating that it
interferes with women's choice. We need to stay on message that this
policy is about preventing adverse health outcomes, and is backed by
scientific evidence.

There is a great summary of effects of formula marketing in the
recent GAO report on formula marketing and WIC, at
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06282.pdf

More updates later. Meanwhile, let's mobilize!
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Please help spread the word on this!!!

cross-posted to boob_nazis, breastfeeding, lactivism, and mamasmilk