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  • collettec 3:42 pm on 15th April 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Rationing of infant formula 

    After last weeks announcement from supermarkets that it will be limiting the amount of baby milk to 2 cartons per customer, lots of stories were ciculated. Which may have caused people to panic buy or worry about what to feed their babies if they run out. Many of our clients cannot afford to buy extra baby milk so will usually run out before they buy more. Hearing about supermarkets limiting sales may put women off buying formula and may be prepared to try Breastfeeding, however, if there was more information on formula feeding for parents to access they could compare the benefits of Breastfeeding and make the right decision for themselves. This doesn’t help when aggressive advertising in the media from the 2 leading Breast milk substitute manufacturers Nestle and Danone causes panic buying of infant formula.

    For example, according to (Baby Milk Action 2013).
    This marketing war has now reached the UK following Nestlé’s takeover of Pfizer Nutrition/Wyeth in 2012, manufacture of the SMA brand. Both Danone and Nestlé have launched new strategies to promote their products – the former gaining media coverage by claiming individuals in the UK are buying up formula to send to China thus causing a shortage in the UK, the latter taking advantage of any formula panic buying by putting its follow-on formula on prominent price promotion to increase sales.

    Are milk companies creating this type of panic to increase its sales. Headlines last week on BBC website were;

    “Baby milk rationed in UK over China export fear”
    (BBC news online 8th April 2013 Last updated at 19:20)

    Nestle have denied any evidence of bulk buying for export (Baby Milk Action 2013)

    “We have confirmed that there are sufficient stocks of infant formula for the UK and parents should continue to buy formula milk as usual.”
    The Department of 13th April 2013

    Some of the women we work with may not even be aware of this in the news as many do not have access to the internet so therefore may not really affect them.

    For more information follow the link below

    Danone v. Nestle formula marketing war reaches the UK

  • collettec 10:24 am on 8th April 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Pows work with many pregnant women that experience some kind of discrimination at work, but with the right information these women are able to inform their employers of their rights and Pows support with this by either liaising with employers or by making these women aware of their rights at work. A recent article about “Maternity discrimination on the rise” details how the Fawcett Society states that how in times of Austerity this discrimination will increase. To read the Article follow the link
    Maternity discrimination on the rise

  • collettec 2:58 pm on 3rd April 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Changes to Welfare Provision 

    I have been supporting a client to maintain her first property as she was in need of items of furniture she decided to apply for a Community Care Grant  I advised her to send it back ASAP.  However, because the clients partner said that they probably wouldnt get it because they were cutting it she did not send it off,  she has now missed the deadline.  This is because new Welfare Provision which began on 1st of April this year has introduced discretionary funding that will only provide to the very vulnerable who are in short term crisis.  This can either be by providing a pre paid card for Asda Supermarket, Crisis Grant or Community Support Grant.  This will only be available to certain people that fit the criteria and there will not be any forms of cash Grants available. Vulnerable families will also have to demonstrate that they have exhausted all other avenues before any Grant can be given.  This means that those vulnerable families for whatever reason find themselves in a crisis will find it harder to access these schemes due to a lack of information.
    This is why we as Pregnancy Outreach Workers will need to be aware of these changes and of other local organisations that support families in need, more information can be found at

    Birmingham Local Welfare Provision

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