It's not about the money to me.
I am just baffled that someone who knows they are going to formula feed from birth would not be prepared with bottles and formula at the hospital.
The OP is talking about women that just don't want to feed full stop.
BigRed - If I knew I didn't want to bf before I gave birth I would take formula without the bat of an eyelid. My issue is more for mums who fully intend to bf going into the birth, then decide a few days in they don't like it and want to stop. I don't see the issue with providing 2 days of formula anymore than I see an issue with the fact I used a $20 tube of lanisol with DD while there.
Last edited by delirium; 23-06-2012 at 18:53.
I was given countless free samples of formula from hospital visits, health nurse visits etc etc etc I had a stock pile of them being thrown at me for my breast fed baby. I don't think they do it anymore/in qld because I've got no little sample packs with katelyn so far.
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The taxpayer thing doesn't even register with me, I have no doubt formula comanies would be more than happy to jump on board just like J&J.
Its more to do with the women who may be struggling to get it established, struggling with attachment issues etc. These women are particularly vulnerable and if formula is readily available, more will choose not to persevere with bf. Also as others have said- its just too easy for lazy/busy staff to suggest a 'top-up' (I woke up to find a nurse preparing a bottle of formula for my first in hospital when I was having attachment issues).
To ensure more women get the best support and best chance of successfully bf, its best that formula is not just there, ready for people to use as they please. If its that little bit harder to access (of course I think it should be available if a woman really just can't cope with it, med reasons etc), it has a big impact on improving bf rates.
If they can push it onto people those that choose it should have it supplied as well.
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I know RNS public supplies nappies, clothing and formula for babies. Aswell as nipple shields, pumps, sterilizing equipment, baby bath wash etc
I think it's good they do. And good that they do. Sil chose to bottle feed immediately they were glass bottled premade with s26 gold. If you want another formula then you provide it. I think that's reasonable. I had problems breastfeeding for the first few days so ds was topped up using formula. Glad he didn't starve because I hadn't prepared for it.
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