The Nanny State

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Registered: 07-11-2006
The Nanny State
Mon, 08-13-2012 - 4:36pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-gordon/world-breastfeeding-week_b_1739878.html

Many supplies including food are locked up in hospitals because of pilfering. Locking up supplies is not directed at parents per se. In the case of formula, the bigger issue is that some hospital employees simply have trouble believing that breastfeeding works. I would say that in about half the cases of the mothers I've seen who were told they had to supplement, it was not a pediatrician who recommended the formula for solid medical reasons; it was a hospital employee who insisted that the baby could not possibly be getting enough without any supportive evidence. To date, I have never ever met a mother who was prevented from feeding formula to her baby in the hospital. On the other hand, I have met many women who were devastated to discover that their babies were given formula without their knowledge or consent. In one case, parents were even sent home with a box of formula that was so far past its expiration date that it had separated into a gluey clump in the bottom of the bottles. In reality, it is hospital employees who unfortunately need to be "nannied" because there are some who doubt breastfeeding so much that they can't suppress the urge to fix it with formula, even when no fixing is needed.