Breastfeeding coupons?

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Breastfeeding coupons?
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Tue, 11-12-2013 - 10:27pm

I've only read the headlines, so I do not know the details, but it seems that in Britain moms are being given a small kick back for breastfeeding. It seems the payment is tweaking some people. Terms like "bribe" are being thrown around. AFAIK free samples of formula and coupons for formula are the norm. Why is a breastfeeing coupon different?

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Wed, 11-13-2013 - 2:49pm

I found this: http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/british-moms-get-paid-to-breastfeed-in-controversial-new-study-215207462.html?.tsrc=rawfront

I think it may help low-income moms to get through the tough first weeks, when giving up and using formula seems like an easy way out. And then when things get easier, and they realize that formula is expensive even with help, they may stick with it for the long run.  I don't see a downside.

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Wed, 11-13-2013 - 7:30pm

nisupulla wrote:
<p>I've only read the headlines, so I do not know the details, but it seems that in Britain moms are being given a small kick back for breastfeeding. It seems the payment is tweaking some people. Terms like "bribe" are being thrown around. AFAIK free samples of formula and coupons for formula are the norm. Why is a breastfeeing coupon different?</p>

Mom should raise and feed her child the best way she knows how; she doesn't deserve to be rewarded for doing what is right.  Coupons for breastfeeding would come from the taxpayer, and that's ridiculous.  Coupons for formula come from the company manufacturers who pass the cost onto the consumer, and that's fine.

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Thu, 11-14-2013 - 12:46pm

<<Mom should raise and feed her child the best way she knows how; she doesn't deserve to be rewarded for doing what is right.>>

So would that make it wrong for her to be rewarded for formula feeding? Taking out of the equation where the coupons come from. If breastfeeding is doing what is right, and we should not reward mom for doing the right thing, then the opposite is...

<<  Coupons for breastfeeding would come from the taxpayer, and that's ridiculous. >>

I understand why you feel that way. Taxpayers subsidize all sorts of things, some I find reasonable and some not so. But I find this to be reasonable. First, we are already subsidizing WIC, and therefore paying for formula for lower income mothers. If these mothers breastfeed instead, we are not only helping these babies get the best start in life, we may also be helping to lower the chances of that child being sick later in life and drawing on more tax-subsidized health services. Second, since the coupons are much less expensive than formula, taxpayers would be paying less for these coupons than for the formula (and possible future health issues arising from its use), saving us money in the long run.

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Thu, 11-14-2013 - 3:20pm
It occurred to me that a nice compromise, IF this ever made its way to the US (and it probably won't), for the "coupons" to be for free in-home consultation with an IBCLC. Thoughts? Nisu? Dana?
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Thu, 11-14-2013 - 8:49pm

I think this blogger did a nice job:

For a woman – any woman – to successfully breastfeed their infant past the minimum recommended six month mark, she needs support. Perhaps that support will come in the guise of a caring relative or neighbour, laden with advice and experience and a hearty casserole. But the NHS is targeting a demographic that could be at risk for isolation and without the means to seek outside help. If maintaining optimum maternal health is key in providing optimum care to a baby, think of the grocery voucher as a stand-in for the caring neighbour with the casserole. If it helps a mother take care of herself so that she can best take care of her baby, the program is a good one.

http://www.theloop.ca/living/life/parenting/article/-/a/2900235/OpEd-Paying-mothers-to-nurse-a-formula-for-health

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 11-14-2013 - 8:53pm

I think the Affordable Care Act will be reimbursing IBCLCs. The IBCLCs that I know can be reimbursed by some insurances, but it is a bit of a hassle for now.

http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/

I think WIC provides extra fruits and vegetables for nursing moms.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/benefitsandservices/foodpkgquestions.HTM

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Fri, 11-15-2013 - 10:39am

Both are great. I know the ACA will cover breastfeeding support and supplies, and that's great. I hope additional incentive is not necessary, and I will look forward to seeing updates from the coupon program in the UK.