I question the intention of this thread
How ridiculous to suggest that mothers should essentially be punished (financially) because they choose to FF, rather than BF
Why should any woman have to disclose her history, in order to receive free food for her new born baby????!!!!
Good point in that the pay-for-yourself system could have logistical difficulties. But by the sound of things some hospitals already have limits
In place (eg 24 hour supply) then it's up to the parents.
You could look at it this way. Forcing mothers to BF if they are repulsed or scared or sickened by the idea (as some are) will on put a further drain on the system in the future when they require counseling or therapy for the post traumatic stress they will suffer. Just one possible outcome.
But this point you've made is really unfair when affixed to new mums. Not wanting to BF and being effectively penalized for it is awful. Hospitals have a duty of care and should provide meals for ALL patients.
I haven't read the whole thread, but I would expect the hospital to ensure my baby was fed, the same way I would expect it to ensure any other patient was fed, it's really as simple as that!
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