No, that’s not a lie. I have broken up with Milo. It’s not been an insignificant decision either. I loved Milo. I was the one eating spoonfuls out of the tin. There have been times when I’ve considered racking it into a line and snorting it with a rolled up $50 note. I was serious about Milo.
You may have noticed that some breastfeeders are also serious about Milo. You see, malt is said to increase milk supply. And Milo contains malt. And sugar. A lot of sugar. But malt too. And it’s delicious.
Never mind that most of these women don’t actually NEED to boost their supply. If a genuine problem exists, an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) offers better value for money than any tin of malt milk drink powder. But it seems like this passion for Milo isn’t necessarily logical. Breastfeeding mums are hungry and hormonal, and this milk-boosting thing is a great excuse to indulge.
But the lactivist in me has had to face facts – Milo is not breastfeeding-friendy.
There are lots of reasons why Nestle have earned the tag of being one of the most hated companies in the world. It’s your choice to ignore these reasons, and I won’t judge you for it. Up until about 12 months ago I was blissfully unaware, and for another 6 months or so i buried my head in the sand because I didn’t WANT to know.
Nestle also have a reputation for destroying breastfeeding relationships. I’m not even talking about those who choose not to breastfeed, I mean mums who truly, desperately want to. That’s not even what I’m here to talk about.
The fact is that Nestle are a massive global producer of infant formula. Even without considering Nestle’s ethical track record, it should be clear that Nestle markets it’s formula because they want you to use their product. Every case where a bottle of formula is given, is one where breastmilk was not. I know they have some disclaimer on their website about how “breast is best” but it’s basically the fine print that no one pays attention to. The truth is that they profit from women who don’t breastfeed.
And this, THIS is why I refuse to buy Milo.
As a lactivist, I cannot give my money to a company that profits from women who fail to breastfeed successfully. To see a desperate mum give them money, believing that their product is going to HELP her reach her breastfeeding goals actually breaks my heart. Now not only does this company profit from women who don’t breastfeed, but they also profit from mums who are desperately trying to.
On a positive note, I recently surveyed the chocolate malt drink powders on the shelves at my local supermarket. I saw Horlicks and Aktivite, and I bought a tin of Surfbreak in a 450g tin on special for $4. And it was divine! Which is lucky, because the Milo left a really bad taste in my mouth.