The APPGIFI has launched an inquiry on the costs of infant formula to families in the UK and the impact that the choice of infant formula, and the purchase of infant formula is having on the health, well-being and financial situation of families.
The inquiry wants to hear stories from families themselves, from those that care and support pregnant women and families with infants and children, those who work with food redistribution or food banking projects, with faith groups supporting communities and anyone else who has information to share on how families choose a brand of infant formula and manage the costs of formula feeding. We would also like to hear from those who work to support The Healthy Start scheme, health professionals who support families in the community and in hospital settings, those who support women with HIV, teenage or young parents, refugee or homeless families, those in live in refuges, those with no resource to public funds and organisations and local authority staff who deal with families in crisis.
Please note: The APPGIFI strongly believes that breastfeeding should be protected and promoted in the UK and that all women who wish to breastfeed should receive support to do so (as long as there is no medical reason to advise against it). This inquiry however focuses on UK families who use and purchase infant formula in the first year of their infant’s life, many of whom may exclusively formula feed for the majority of that time.
Send a written submission
The inquiry wants to collect stories and information from the recent past that may be lived experience, reported by others to you or which has been collected as part of other work. The focus is on infant formula costs, choice of infant formula and the impact of this on the health, well-being and finances of formula feeding families. We are however happy for submissions to include any relevant information on the costs of bottles, teats and sterilising equipment as well as fuel costs to prepare infant formula in the home. Please include quotes, comments and links to other material as appropriate.
You can use the form below to send in your submission, email your written submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your submission to APPG on Infant Feeding and Inequalities, c/o Alison Thewliss MP, 33 London Road, Glasgow, G1 5NW. The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday 26th June 2018.