Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula Breast-feeding advocates say formula giveaways undermin

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula Breast-feeding advocates say formula giveaways undermin
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:19pm
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Registered: 12-16-2003
They could at least ask if interested. I did bf my kids, but it was nice to have the few bottles as back up. When ds was born I broke a tooth and had to go to emergency dentist for a root canal, my mom had to take him, it was nice to give her a bottle.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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My experience with breast feeding was less then stellar.

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You tell 'em Sue!!!

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I just tell it like I see it!

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Registered: 08-30-2002

I agree with you on the choice either way matter. But I find that many women/families that want to exclusively breast feed (home birth, give non-medicated birth, etc.) run into stigma too. My nephew and his wife did not want their son given water or formula in the hospital and on two spearate occasions, caught the nursing staff giving their son a bottle. His wife had a c-section and the baby was in the nursery instead of rooming in. After the second incident, my nephew demanded his son room in because their wishes were disrespected.

I also had a friend who wanted to breast feed, was not having issues with breast feeding and the nurses kept pushing formula on her. "Just take it home in case you get tired and need it." She kept saying no, but said even though she had physically removed the formula from her bags at one point, they managed to "smuggle" some formula into her bags before she left. She was irritated because it added the chore of her donating it to a food bank while already caring for and breastfeeding a new baby.

I'm all there with you on supporting a mothers choice in either direction. Breast feeding is hard for a lot of women, and not fully encouraged by many family members. Many breast feeding mothers have "breast is best" promoted in parenting magazines, lamaze class,



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Registered: 12-16-2003
Maybe it is a reginal thing, but I never heard anything but support for home births. I know several people who had done it around here. Same with long term nursing. I nursed both my kids for a year and never was told anything about it. I know people who did for two years, never heard negative things.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!