Venezuelan parliament member of the ruling Socialist Party of Venezuela, Odalis Monzon presented a legislation proposal that would restrict baby bottles and artificial feeding formulas from the country's market; thus, encouraging breast feeding to promote children health.
"We want to increase the love (between mother and child) because this has been lost as a result of these transnational companies selling formula," Monzon said on state television on Thursday.
She said the Law for the Promotion and Support for Breast-Feeding, passed in 2007, did not establish any sanctions for using formulas. However, she did not say what the sanctions might be if the proposed change to prohibit baby bottle feeding is passed by Congress, where the Socialist Party has a majority.
Monzon stipulated, however, that exceptions would be allowed, such as in the case of the death of a mother, or for women with limited breast milk production, as determined by the health ministry.
The proposed changes to legislation would likely raise the voices of opposition supporters who accuse the government of the late President Hugo Chavez in unreasonably deep state's involvement in the lives of private citizens.
"People are free to feed their children as they see fit," said Ingrid Rivero, a 27-year-old mother in Caracas. "My daughter stopped breast feeding after seven months. What can I do? Force her?"
Chavez ally Nicolas Maduro, who was elected in April after his mentor's death from cancer, has vowed to extend his predecessor's 14-year self-styled revolution that enjoyed strong support among the country's poor.
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