Should welfare moms be forced to bf?

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Should welfare moms be forced to bf?
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Fri, 09-05-2003 - 7:06pm
Let me sort of rephrase and explain. Should a mother who is on government assistance be given formula ONLY if it is absolutely imperative for the infant, and/or with a DR's prescription? And should they ONLY be given formula vouchers if and ONLY if they have a written prescription from the child's PED? Also, should welfare moms be required to take bfing classes and seek the advice of a lactation consultant? Free for them, of course.


christine


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Fri, 09-05-2003 - 7:30pm
NO

i do not think welfare moms should be forced to breastfeed,,,, and if anyone here is on welfare do not take this personally,,,,,,,,,,from what moms that i know and knew of that are on welfare they also do drugs ,,not all of them but most of them ,,~~this includes my state paid daycare kids,,,, so what type of food would the baby be getting??? i had a freind from way way way way back that did crystal meth and she didn't even know she was pregnant w/ her 2nd child until the 7th mth ~~WTF~~ my neighbor spends all her money on drugs and i end up feeding her kids and buying them school clothes ~~ i think the government asstance program should be for people who are in a bind for a mth or two,, ie husband gets laid off or a family goes thru a divorce and needs help but for welfare life~ers who just get preg to get more assistance from the state i think they should be forced to get a tubal!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fri, 09-05-2003 - 7:50pm
I don't see how you can ever force someone to breastfeed, no matter what limitations you put on the availability of formula. My fear with the options you mention would be that women who do not want to BF and don't want to go through the trouble of prescriptions and such would just turn to something cheaper like whole milk or worse for their newborns, and wind up harming their children with inadequate nutrition.

I don't see the harm in required BFing classes or LC advice. I think that would be a good idea for everyone, not just those on welfare.

~Kim

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Fri, 09-05-2003 - 7:56pm
thanks for jumpstarting the board....its been DEAD around here.

you can't ethically force people who may not be in the best circumstances to not have children, so i no i don't think ethically you can force anyone to bf.

however, i think that welfare moms should be encouraged to bf...that is, provided with pumps, education, lactation resources and support.

i tend to think that the population that does bf has enough other resources to foster relatively healthy children (regardless of bf or ff). while, the population on welfare is at risk for things like asthma, etc and may be better served by a diet of bm. also, let's face it, its free.

bfing resources should be offered along side of job training and other "get yourself on track" programs. i don't think welfare moms should be handed a can of enfamil without some bfing intervention first

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Fri, 09-05-2003 - 8:08pm
I do feel stongly that women who are able to BF should at least try it, but try it on their own decision. I'm sure I'm over simplifying w/ this example, but DD#1 swore she hated broccoli, didn;t want anything to do with it. I finally coaxed her into trying it & it is her favorite vegetable-after corn. I think if more people are educated about BF, they may be more inclined to try it. So yes, I do feel that if someone is getting a "free ride" so to speak, they should at least have to take a class & learn about all the options. Many people don't realize just how advantageous BF is.

I do not think mom should be forced to BF though. I think it could cause more problems along the lines of resentment &/or abuse of the child and as another poster pointed out, if a mom who doesn't take care of herself is forced to BF, heaven only knows what is being passed on to the child-potentially making matters worse still.

J&S

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Sat, 09-06-2003 - 10:23am
Of course not! No one should ever be forced to bf against their will. I do think that they should be ENCOURAGED to bf though. I do think that bf classes are a good idea.~Lisa
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Sat, 09-06-2003 - 11:36am
You can't force anyone to breastfeed. I do think there should be a heavy emphasis on breastfeeding education, though. I think education and attendance at peer support groups for breastfeeding should be required. Lactation consultants and pumps should be provided for free.

Yes, I also think a prescription for formula should be required for the WIC program in order to get it for free.

Danielle

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Sat, 09-06-2003 - 12:28pm
WIC does provide lactation consultants and breast pumps for free.

I agree that welfare moms should be required to attend bfing classes and that only a prescription can buy them formula. I'm not too keen on a welfare mother getting free formula when she never even tried to bf, just because it was free. I'm paying for her to feed her kid, yet am struggling to buy my own baby formula.


christine


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Sat, 09-06-2003 - 1:27pm
As awful as I think drugs are, as terrible as I think parents who don't live up to their responsibilities are, the thing that I find the most vile, is the fact a group of "haves" would have the nerve to say "The best thing to do would be to sterilize the "have nots". I find that attitude utterly offensive and disgusting.
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Sat, 09-06-2003 - 1:33pm
Why should a welfare mom be forced to go to breastfeeding class and not everyone else. If your going to put a policy like that in place it should be across the board. I didn't go to breastfeeding classes so I would not expect anyone else to be forced to either. I get really disappointed when welfare moms get singled out as people for whom things like breastfeeding and breastfeeding classes should be mandatory. There are a mulititude of reasons why a mom - any mom would choose not to breastfeed. Its unjust to try to take away a choice from a segment of society while the rest get to do what they want.
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Sat, 09-06-2003 - 1:36pm
I think this should be the standard for ALL mothers.

Kimberley

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