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Breast is best, but formula is not evil

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There are two types of television commercials that I particularly dislike _ whitening products and milk formula. Both of them are misleading. The first promises that you will attract handsome men when your skin is white, while the other tells you that your child can become a genius simply by drinking this milk. 

Neither of them delivers that dream. Most Thai women are still not white-skinned, or at least not as supernaturally white as in the advertisements, and most Thai kids are not geniuses (I'm not saying they are not smart, but definitely not "genius").

When I first heard about an impending law preventing milk formula from being advertised, I was actually on board with the idea. However, as I read more about it, the wholesale ban doesn't seem to make much sense. In a nutshell, this law will not allow any infant food or related products including bottles and feeding nipples to be advertised, and donations of these products will not be allowed. The aim, they say, is to promote breastfeeding for the first two years of a child's life.

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