Monday, July 13, 2009

Procter and Gamble in India

This afternoon, my kids were watching a show on TV, during which a Pampers commercial was shown. It showed a doctor telling a mother that her baby's illness was due to the wetness of the cloth diaper, so she should switch to Pampers!

I was so outraged by this! Yes, I agree that disposables are more convenient, but in a country where waste management is such an issue, I don't think it was very responsible of Procter and Gamble to push their product saying that cloth diapers are the cause of illnesses, which I think is untrue.

I would love to hear what you think about this.


KJBLS said...

I think this is a disgrace.

I heard an awful story from my husband's professor. Apparently, a formula company dressed their representatives up as nurses and sent them to hospitals. The "nurses" then told the mothers to give the babies formula, implying medical reasons, which then led to the mothers' milk drying up. This created a dependence on formula despite the fact that the people COULD NOT AFFORD IT. Not to mention that breastmilk is best and FREE!

I am sick thinking about this.

La Chili said...

I used cloth diapers with my kid, and I liked them so much that I made lots of research and finally start to sell them myself. What is a risk to health is disposable diapers and in my opinion they should be used only in extreme cases, like formula an c-section, just to save lives or when there is a risk to health, but they are the most healthy choice for a baby. There are a lot of other things that causes irritation, such as wipes an creams, and of course what the baby eats, and I feel also very angry about adds like that.

Stacy said...

Advertisers are still using the same old tricks. Shame!

Smuppy Kids said...

This is a good reason for all parents, no matter how rich or poor to do their own research. Disposable diapers are a recent invention. Mothers have been using cloth diapers for thousands of years and the population of the world hasn't been dwindling. Listen to the advice of mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends with children.

Shame on Proctor and Gamble!!

On a similar subject to KJBLS, my mother told me when I was born, I spent my first month in the hospital. I wasn't sick nor did I need to be there. The hospital called it "luxury care", for well to do mother's who could recover from childbirth in their home without all the 'work' a newborn could bring. Needless to say I wasn't breastfed much. This too is a disgrace!! Mom said she did it under the advice of her ob/gyn?!

When we had our first daughter, (natural and without any drugs and with a midwife!), she was with me from the moment she was born. I could never be told to leave her without a medical reason in a hospital for a day, let alone a month!

Jamie said...

this is just another company who could care less about anything other than making a profit. I think you are absolutely right to be outraged.

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