New Delhi: Putting profit before an infant`s health, many baby food giants promote supplementary baby food, mislead mothers, undermine breastfeeding and natural foods, an NGO said Wednesday."Putting profits before children`s health, baby food giants like Nestle, Heinz and Abott woo mothers to give their supplementary food through the label on the container and various websites from four months which is unhealthy and unscientific as it can lead to health risks, including diarrhoea," Arun Gupta, co-ordinator of the NGO, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), and member of the Prime Minister`s Council on India`s Nutrition Challenges said.BPNI said Nestle Nutrition Institute is continuing to organise doctors` meetings despite objections from the government.Heinz asks new mothers to give cereal food "Oat and Apple" to more than four-month baby through container label and various websites.Abbott claims brain development and promotes a product `Similac advance infant formula stage 1" for babies up to six months and "Similac infant formula stage one" for zero to six months babies.
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