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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post
    I think a better idea would be more readily available lactation consultants, preferably free or heavily subsidised and they visit your home.

    I think most people start out wanting to breastfeed, but more practical support is needed.
    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    Why? Surely the nutritional superiority of bm as well as that it costs nothing other than time and possibly some investment in support is enough motivation? (I say that in full recognition that bf is not easy for many of us and things sometimes do not work out). If there is cash floating around to
    increase bf rates then surely it would be better used in educating midwives and other hcp, subsidings LCs, supporting the ABA etc.
    I couldn't agree more to both of these

    I think that it's a very sad state if cash incentives are needed to encourage mothers to breastfeed, shouldn't the decision be made solely on the mothers ability and want to do so, not because the government will give me X amount of $$$

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    I'm all for breastfeeding, but I don't think this is they way to move forward. It will just place another divide between parents and what is "right" or "wrong".

    Not forcing new mothers out of the hospital before they are ready would be a good start! Most new parents have no idea what they are doing and judgemental or rude comments from nurses and midwives really don't help.

    And honestly I know some pretty poor parents that would breastfeed to get and bitof extra money, even while they are feeding there bodies full of alcohol, drugs and close to no nutrition, don't see how that would be beneficial to baby.

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    how would one prove it? what about those who are mix feeding?
    and as a PP pointed out those bf'ing are already saving by not having to buy formula

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    Don't we have a similar program for immunising and if you choose not to immunise you get some forms signed saying you object and you still get the cash. So if you couldn't breastfeed could you be a conscientious objector and still get the cash???? I moved heaven and earth to bf my first and failed..... My second bf from birth like a pro- so what do you pay for that- my first we spent thousands on lc's, pillows, pumps, shields (you name it if it could help me bf I would have tried it). A 24/7 home lactation consultant service would be brilliant (just to clarify I don't care what you do vaccination wise I'm just saying that that's a payment scheme that clearly didn't work so why pay for bfing)

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    No way! All it will do is put more pressure on those struggling to feed instead of support.
    I think there is enough pressure on new mum's to bf, and it makes it very stressful when you are having issues. Why add to it?

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    Definatly a good idea to put more money into Hospitals for education on Bfing!
    I had my ds in a private hospital and was given a dvd and brochure on breasfeeding straight after having him I struggled for ages, it would of been great if i had my own personal Lactaion consultant for some encouragement.

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    I agree with both the following statements.
    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    I think saving $50 a week by not having to buy formula would be cash incentive enough.
    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post
    I think a better idea would be more readily available lactation consultants, preferably free or heavily subsidised and they visit your home.

    I think most people start out wanting to breastfeed, but more practical support is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NutsyK View Post
    A few people at playgroup the other day were suggesting that parents who breastfeed should be given a cash incentive. What do you guys think?
    I would 100% disagree with this.. I am one of the VERY few for MEDICAL reasons that I can't breastfeed.. I would be VERY hurt by something like this. It is not the same as the money for vaccines as you can CHOOSE not to do this and STILL get the money. I can't CHOOSE to breastfeed as its not possible at all. And no I am not on any medication WHY I can't do this.. so its nothing I can stop taaking to breastfeed.

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    Id love it, but I BF and wouldnt say no to extra cash

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    It's a moot point anyway as the government doesn't have any money.


 

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