We are talking about hospitals having a policy of providing formula to mothers who choose to formula feed from birth. After reading through the thread I think yes they should.. but they should not advertise or promote it in any way.
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I've not read all replies, but to put it simply, my view is this:
Hospitals should (and do) have supplies of formula and bottles for the various reasons in which it is used by new mothers, for their babies. As a back up, as a just in case.
However, if you go in to the hospital, knowing full well you intend to use formula, and not breastfeed, then I believe you should be responsible of taking your own formula and bottles. After all, these are an expense you were budgeting for given your intentions to use formula.
This is how it works (or at least, did) in the Public hospital here, if you intended to use formula, you were asked to supply your own formula and bottles. I think it's a fair thing to ask.
wow, i can't believe I actually read the last 15 pages! lol. have sore eyes. ok I am easy either way really with regards to who supplies it, when I had dd via emergency ceaserian I was expecting to be able to breastfeed and my milk didn't come in until late on day 3, and she was one cranky baby.. the mw's had given her some formula from the hospital to keep her happy in the time being, and once my milk came in, i tried and tried in vain to breastfeed but i didn't have enough milk. Even when i'd try to express it, i'd be lucky to get 60 ml's from both boobs..
with ds due to him being premmie, and with having trouble with his blood sugar, they formula fed him in special care, and i was fully intending to have a go at breastfeeding again, and ended up having emergency surgery and due to the meds prescribed was told that i was unable to breastfeed because of this.
Either way, just in case, i had brought along my own formula when ds was born, ''just in case'' things didn't work out.. they had their own forumula at the hospital but in the end i used mine so i can continue it at home..
In the post-natal ward (ie not in the NICU or SCN), I believe the mother should provide it. Mainly to encourage breast feeding. As far as I know, this is how it is anyway, you bring your own baby clothes, nappies, etc, but they do have some 'emergency' items if you are not prepared. I'm pretty sure formula is the same, they have a small stash if you need it unexpectedly, otherwise you are required to BYO, which I think works fine and is fair enough.
I cant believe there is 15 pages on this subject. I really dont see what the big deal is? The baby gets fed. Just like any other patient in the hospital. Simple really
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