Docs fear infant milk price reduction may discourage breast feeding

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

The College of Paediactricians has written to Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala, protesting against Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s contention that the reduction in infant milk powder prices by Rs. 100 will be beneficial to the public.

The College of Paediactricians President Prof. Sujeewa Amarasena told The Island that the 100-rupee reduction in infant milk food prices through Budget 2015 would have an adverse impact on breast feeding.

Pointing out that there was no substitute for mother’s milk, Prof. Amarasena said it was imperative that all children be breastfed during the first year. The infant milk price reduction might compel mothers to opt for bottle feeding, the professor said.

Prof. Amerasane said cow’s milk was good for calves but not children.

Prof. Amarasane said that the budgetary Review Committee should have sought expert opinion before making such a proposal.

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