GMTV BOOB AGAIN
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By Tom Bryant 29/01/2010
Breast milk ‘bad as cola’
Angry mums have again blasted GMTV after a programme expert claimed breast milk is as bad for infants as drinking cola.
The breakfast show was bombarded with hundreds of complaints about midwife Clare Byam-Cook. Her views have been passed to Ofcom.
The fury comes just a week after GMTV, whose weather slot is sponsored by baby-milk maker Nestlé, was accused of an anti-breastfeeding agenda. Yesterday Byam-Cook told ITV1 host Lorraine Kelly: “Breast milk beyond the age of two isn’t necessarily good because it’s very, very sweet. The fact that it’s breast milk doesn’t make it any different to a glass of Coca-Cola.”
The rest of the panel debating the subject were visibly shocked. Author Ann Sinnett demanded: “Can I ask your evidence for that?” But after mumof-two Nicola Harris said, “My daughter has perfect teeth”, Byam-Cook went on: “I am all for breastfeeding but if your toddler wanted to spend all day eating sweets you wouldn’t let them.”
Emails to GMTV called her opinion “nonsense” and “outrageous”.
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Mothering forum Mumsnet said the show had “crossed the line” after its recent poll that asked if it was “wrong” to breastfeed a child over 12 months.
A gmtv spoksperson insisted: “This item was fair and balanced.”
Experts say mums should breastfeed on demand from within an hour of birth for at least six months