Medical funding of formula
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
"Friends of Children Fund" Annual Report, July 1, 1996 - June 30, 1997, indicates $2.085 million in funding from corporations. Donors include Procter & Gamble, Gerber, Infant Formula Council, McNeil Consumer Products Company, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth-Lederle Vaccine & Pediatrics, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Schering Corp., Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Food Marketing Institute, Sugar Association, International Food Information Council, Merck Vaccine Division, and others. Also gets foundation support (RWJ, Pew, etc.).
Formula manufacturers "donate $1 million annually to the American Academy of Pediatrics in the form of a renewable grant that has already netted the AAP $8 million. The formula industry also contributed at least $3 million toward the building costs of the AAP headquarters." (Mothering magazine, July-August, p.60; refers to a book Milk, Money and Madness by Naomi Baumslag and Dia L. Michels (Westport, Conn.: Bergin and Garvey, 1995, p. 172))
According to a New York Times article, the Ross Products Unit of Abbott Laboratories, the makers of Similac infant formula, purchased 300,000 copies of the AAP's "New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding" with Ross' logo and name on them. In addition, "Ross, McNeil and Johnson & Johnson were the top three corporate supporters of the academy's $65 million operating budget...each giving $500,000 or more." (NY Times, 9/18/02, C1)
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
"Received $548,000 from two of the four major formula makers in 1993." (Mothering magazine, July-August 2000, p.60)