Filipino mothers nurse their babies at the Fabella Memorial Hospital, a government-run children's hospital in Manila, Philippines (2008). This baby-friendly hospital does not allow the artificial feeding of newborns, but instead encourages and equips mothers with the tools for successful breastfeeding. For the infrequent mother/baby pair who have difficulties breastfeeding, immediate and unlimited access to the hospitals human milk bank is granted. Infant health outcomes for babies born at this hospital are monumentally better than for those born at non-baby-friendly locations.
This UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) documentary explores the impact that the artificial feeding of babies (specifically through formula companies marketing tactics) have on the health and wellbeing of children in impoverished nations. As a result of formula propaganda, fewer mothers naturally feed their children, causing in increase in illness, death, and economic detriment. Artificial feeding of human babies is truly a formula for disaster and is especially evident in undeveloped countries. Human health experts call this tragedy a health emergency.
We highly encourage you to watch this film - even if you've never given much thought to the way that formula marketing impacts the health of our world's children and the future of our nations.
For further research into this subject (including the ways that artificial baby feeding impacts the health and wellbeing of American children and society) see Gabrielle Palmer's excellent book, The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business, as well as Milk, Money and Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding by Naomi Baumslag and Dia L. Michels. In addition to the UNICEF production below, Formula Fed American also looks to be a promising film.