Here I washed my hands of trying to engage in direct dialog with Nestlé. Don’t get me wrong – I believe that those dialogs can be instructive and eye-opening to people unfamiliar with the issues surrounding Nestlé’s behavior and of the level of disingenuousness evidenced by our Swiss friends. The conversations serve a very important purpose in that they serve to illuminate the dark corners of an unethical corporate citizen’s character and clearly outline why we should choose not to do business with it. I have decided to – finally – completely boycott Nestlé because if what I learned in the discussions at PhD in Parenting.
So why walk away when so many are fighting that good fight? Partly because it is covered so well by others. Partly because I think it would be soul-crushing for me to tilt that particular windmill full time. I’d rather focus my energies where I can see tangible evidence of progress.
Where might that be? Here are some possibilities I’ve identified for myself as areas for further investigation (this is really not as fleshed out as I’d like it to be but it’s 2:00 am and I wanted to get this up before I go to bed rather than having it sit in my draft posts bin indefinitely like so many others) -
- The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. I currently live in Mexico where hospital maternity care and breastfeeding information has enormous room for improvement. It may be that I can go to work trying to get my local hospitals to see the value in this designation.
- Promoting Ban the Bags and Healthy Baby Bounty Bag (created by Cottonwood Kids).
- Work on the local, state and national level to encourage law-makers to draft and pass legislation that expands maternity and breastfeeding protections.
- Work on the local, state and national level to codify into law the WHO International Code Of Marketing Of Breast Milk Substitutes. I believe this is going to be the way that Nestlé will finally be forced to behave with basic human decency.
- Add my voice to those calling on local governments to enforce laws already on the books regarding advertising of Breast Milk Substitutes.
- Renew my involvement with La Leche League (I need to renew my membership which I’ve let lapse for the last several years),
- Investigate other organizations such as Best for Babes, The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and
National Alliance for Breast-Feeding Advocacy (NABA) (the link isn’t loading for me right now but maybe in the morning it’ll behave properly)
Do you have a recommendation of an organization I should have a look at? Please share it with me in the comments.