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ABSTRACT

The plight of Third World women and infants has been simplified and presented in a biased manner in the public as well as in some of the professional media. Poverty, and its many ramifications, is more to “blame” than is the formula industry for the morbidity/mortality of these infants and children: it can be shown that many poor women do not breastfeed because of choice and/or the cultural practice of early supplemental feeding; or that they cannot breastfeed because of malnourishment and lack of support (mothering) for themselves. Such women and infants desperately need safe, nutritious, available supplementary and weanling foods. The concerned among us must transfer our energies from witch hunting toward ameliorating the horrendous conditions under which most of the world still lives.