• Switzerland's news in English

Row over Nestlé's 'Baby milk Nespresso'

6 Jun 2011, 09:35

Published: 06 Jun 2011 12:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jun 2011 09:35 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

A capsule machine for substitute baby milk formula is being criticized in Switzerland, where its producer, the consumer product giant Nestlé, is testing it.

The concept of the BabyNes milk machine is an evolution of the hugely popular coffee machines of Nespresso, also produced by the Switzerland-based market leader.

The device, which comes with a specifically-designed website enriched with quizzes, videos and tips on feeding babies, extracts baby formula from capsules mixed with water. It vows to provide a “complete nutritional solution” through the use of six consecutive formulas, specifically suited for infants and kids up to three years of age.

The machine is going on sale exclusively in Switzerland, Nestlé said, but supporters of natural breastfeeding have already mounted a campaign, accusing the high-end BabyNes to be a product for wealthy Hollywood stars, rather than a solution for those mothers who have trouble breastfeeding their kids.

“My message to mothers buying BabyNes because it’s easy is this: it’s ecological madness; it’s a product of greed for cash. Those kids who drink milk capsules will probably drink Prosecco capsules when they grow up. Who wants a kid like that?” argues a highly critical blog post on the Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger. Similarly, the UK-based “Baby Milk Action” is calling for a boycott on Nestlé for the violation of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods.

But the Swiss company, based in Vevey in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, is rejecting accusations, saying it supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life in line with World Health Organisation recommendations, and promotes its breast milk substitutes for those infants who cannot be breastfed. 

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Illegal immigrant dies after setting himself on fire
The victim was treated at University Hospital Zurich. Photo: University Hospital Zurich

The 45-year-old Tunisian was threatened with deportation.

Swiss government rejects call for second immigration vote
Photo: Justus Blumer/Christophe G

The Swiss government has rejected a popular initiative calling for a revote on plans to limit immigration.

Bern: companies should report salary inequality by law
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The Swiss government wants to force small companies to examine their rates of pay every four years.

Husband in custody after Orbe body identified
File photo: Bas Leenders

The deceased is a 55-year-old woman who lived in the house with her husband.

Presented by MoneyPark
How to get a mortgage in Switzerland
Houses in Zürich. Photo: Pixabay.

Ready to buy? Here’s what you need to know as an expat about Swiss regulations, how to finance your purchase, and why you should use a broker.

Autumn in Switzerland: ten stunning Instagram photos
Photo: Swiss Tourism/Jan Geerk

Switzerland is beautiful in all seasons, but as these photos show, autumn is a special time in the alpine country.

Report: Swiss progress slows on gender equality
File photo: David Soulivet

Globally, it will take 170 years to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum.

Brothers go to court to stop suicide of sibling
File photo: Lisa Edmonds

Two men have filed a legal bid to prevent the Swiss assisted suicide association Exit from helping their older brother to kill himself.

Wawrinka snubs past form to reach Basel second round
Wawrinka beat local wildcard Marco Chiudinelli. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka has reached the second round in Basel after going out in the first round for the past four years.

Villagers asked to help fund bridge renovations
The bridge links the two villages of Veltheim (pictured) and Holderbank. Photo: Lutz Fischer-Lamprecht

The crowdfunding campaign by the two communes is the first of its kind in Switzerland.

Photo: Unterirdisch Ueberleben
Inside Switzerland’s largest nuclear bunker – 40 years on
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Photo: The Local
Ticino firefighters rescue cow from swimming pool
Photo: Antoni Da Campo
Vegan wins battle to be accepted by Swiss army
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Ten Swiss ski resorts named most expensive in Europe
Photo: Randy Kashka
Swiss women will ‘work for free’ for the rest of year
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Montreux throws hat in Olympic rings
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Seven things you’ll miss about Switzerland if you leave
Photo: Richard Juilliard/AFP
Man makes Geneva airport bomb threat ‘for a joke’
Photo: AFP
Solar Impulse team reveals plans for unmanned plane
File photo: Martin Abegglen
Swiss to vote on passport rules for 3rd gen foreigners
Photo: AFP
Swiss wingsuit hotspot Lauterbrunnen won’t impose ban
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Six reasons Switzerland isn’t as boring as you might think
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Report: Switzerland one of world’s best places for girls
Photo: The Local
Thief returns Swiss cow bells worth thousands
File photo: Wikimedia Commons
One in three rapists isn’t locked up: statistics
Photo: activistin.ch
Tampon-tax protest turns Zurich fountains red
Photo: AFP
Geneva police to lift ban on bearded officers
Photo: Marcel Gillieron/AFP
Suicide chef’s restaurant keeps Michelin stars
Photo: Lara de Salis
11 things the Swiss get tired of hearing abroad
Photo:  Ivo Scholz/Swiss-image.ch
Survey: expats in Switzerland have money but few friends
Photo: AFP
Swiss press criticize Bern’s 'capitulation' on immigration
Photo: Jura Trois Lacs tourism
German ex-policeman is Swiss city’s new hermit
Photo: Dmitry A. Mottl
Ticino votes to favour local workers over foreigners
jobs available