The Infant Formula Councilâ€™s â€œMoms Feeding Freedomâ€ web site has deleted scores of anti-marketing posts from its blog and discussion forums, censoring animated discussions among mothers about the ethics of aggressive formula marketing tactics.
Posting about the deleted threads, contributor Songbh writes, â€œSo, what does it say when a website that claims to be devoted to protecting mothers’ freedoms and choices starts â€˜disappearingâ€™ our free speech?â€
The site, launched last month, purports to be a grass roots effort to protect access to information for new mothers.
On July 9, frequent contributors to the siteâ€™s online forum noted that several threads had disappeared, including a thread titled, â€œLetâ€™s find the misinformation,â€ and a discussion about formula-industry-backed legislation to protect corporate access to hospitals.
On July 10, the siteâ€™s administrators also deleted all comments from the blog, leaving behind only carefully crafted posts from site manager Kate Kahn, a corporate communications consultant.
â€œItâ€™s the ultimate irony that a web site about â€˜freedomâ€™ and â€˜access to informationâ€™ is resorting to censorship,â€ says Dr. Alison Stuebe, a Boston Ob/Gyn and a member of the board of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.
The deleted Blog comments were retrieved from web archiving services, and are posted here:
- The bottom line and the bottle line
- Mother’s Day Moment
- My Purse and my Pump!
- Diaper Bags
- Gimme a Break!
- Bottle Bonding
- Fat or Fiction?
- BREAST OBSESSION
- C’mon NPR
- The Politics of Breasts
- One Mother’s Story
- Extending Maternity Leaves
- Legal Discrimination?
- Married to the Pump
- Perception versus Reality
- Do I Have to Breastfeed To Be A Good Mom?
The blog itself (with comments deleted) remains on the â€œFreedomâ€ web site at: