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    I don't think it's fair to those that can't BF. Sure, it might provide incentive to women who might continue to persevere in a difficult situation but it's not very nice for those of us that aren't ABLE to BF.

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    I agree that money would be better spent on LC's who conduct home visits.
    At the moment mothers are seeing MCHN's after the birth and they seem to almost always provide appalling, outdated information and often discourage breastfeeding. I think all new mothers should be given free access to a qualified LC. Women don't need cash incentives, they need support and readily accurate information!

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    Hell no
    I nurse because its easy and its free, discriminating against someone on breastfeeding status is wrong.

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    I disagree it should be done. some people CAN'T breastfeed. My aunty tried and tried but she had no milk. Why punish ladies who can't?

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    An idea that would never work for so many reasons.
    At the end of the day, as long as a baby is having it's nutritional needs met that's all that counts (and I am pro-breastfeeding but not up to me what other people do). i don't think a cash incentive would improve breastfeeding rates, but I think it would create many more and extensive problems.


    Just my spin, but I don't view it as saving money by breastfeeding and not formula feeding, just that formula feeding is an added expense ( i know that probably only makes sense in my own head ) lol.

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    I agree that breastfeeding should be encouraged more and more should be done to help those that have trouble breastfeeding but I think the financial incentive to BF is already in place as others said, it is cheaper to BF than FF. I tried sooo hard to BF DD2 and only lasted 8 weeks. I had to go on meds for medical condition and the side effect was my milk dried up. Also I didnt want my medication to go through to her which it was proven to do so. I tried expressing, feeding often, strategic feeding schedules to encourage supply and reduce the transfer of meds, and alternativ approaches to boost and keep my supply. I am so disappointed to not be able to BF DD2 any more than I did. It is not my fault, I had great success with DD1, unfortunately with DD2 things were out of my control.

    I tried so hard to BF I wouldnt want to feel any more of a failure by being told I wouldnt be able to be rewarded financially by the government because I didnt BF for X amount of time. I dont feel I should starve a baby to gain money because that is what would have happened had I continued to try to BF.

    Had you asked me this question 12 months ago I might have agreed totally but having experienced what I have I can understand now why some people cant. Its not just a case of sticking your n1pple in baby's mouth and away you go. However, if it is a case of just wanting to FF cos its the popular option as I have heard is often the case these days maybe an inhospital tutorial on the benefits of BF before discharge is more appropriate.

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    I think it's a terrible idea and whole heartedly agree with Blissed Out!!

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    Ridiculous idea. So I would be saving money by not buying formula, earning money because I'm breastfeeding and my son would be very quickly failure to thrive as I'm one of those who doesn't make enough milk, despite meds and pumping as often as possible?

    Glad I don't attend your playgroup OP!

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    No wonder I could never really be bothered with play groups/mothers groups! Have better things to do than listen to mums talk about rubbish such as that suggestion! By the sounds of it you wouldn't be in the clique if you don't breast feed within that group!

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    No. More education on the benefits maybe but not hand outs.

    I honestly think *most* people know its "best" but people have there own personal reasons for not BF and money probably wouldn't change their minds because it's cheaper to BF anyway!!


 

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