Here is an interesting comparison:
Many people seem to be unaware that ABA was one of the leading lights in turning around the very low breastfeeding rates of the last century when formula companies were running amok and exploiting mothers’ anxieties about breastfeeding by selling lies and misinformation about their products. Similarly to tobacco companies (who ‘normalised’ smoking), formula companies hijacked infant feeding and ‘normalised’ bottle feeding.
You have got to wonder what people who make comparison like that are about, and what they are up to. That comparison was made in the context of defending another comment:
“Formula is a little bit like AIDS,” one of the association’s leading counsellors told couples in the breastfeeding education class. “Nobody actually dies from AIDS; what happens is AIDS destroys your immune system and then you just die of anything and that’s what happens with formula. It provides no antibodies. “Every 30 seconds a baby dies from infections due to a lack of breastfeeding and the use of bottles, artificial milks and other risky products. Every 30 seconds.”
Then there is this:
It seems to me that what we all must do is look beyond the individual and see the big picture.
Well no. We shouldn’t. That is the rallying cry of extremists and totalitarians everywhere.