You suggested going to c'link for the money for formula - you do realise omigosh it's tax payers dollars again for the formula.
Also I forgot nappy wipes like a total rookie and the nurses were kind enough to give me a packet. Should the Australian government now pursue court action against me to get back their $2 for the nappy wipes. Should I have ran out across the road to the store with my few hour old baby to buy wipes?
The average hospital stay is 24-48 hours? someone else said 94% of mothers in aus breast feed when they are discharged. Most formula is free to the hospital.
But if your aching so badly as a tax payer I'll chuck you the $0.004 it's cost you will you take paypal ?
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To vic park
PLEASE don't take this as an attack. It's purely a few questions As I've seen in a few threads you are not happy with how tax money is spent.
What Makes you so concerned about how tax payers money is spent.?
What is it that you want the government to spend the tax payers money on?
In 07 I gave birth in another hospital where they had premade S26 glass bottles. I was comp feeding with EBM and formula as in the first few days my milk was slow to come in from the c/s.
So no, not policy here.
I really doubt or hospitals would be able to afford formula, formula companies would supply the formula (which I have moral objections to there, not the women who need it for their babies).
I remember supplying everything when I had DS, apart from a sample tube of J&J baby wash that I didn't use. I dare say Lansinoh would supply the lanolin....that's just at a guess.
It wouldn't be a burden on the poor hard done by taxpayer at all.
Agree with delirium that LCs and real help is needed for women who want to continue breastfeeding.
When I say 'need', I mean self-defined need, which is pretty much as it is now as well. If a woman is having attachment issues (a pretty common reason for switching to formula I'd imagine), she should have access to all the support and info available to encourage her to continue bf, but if she decides its just too much, the formula should be available to her til she organises something.
Where I had my last baby they had a room for formula and EBM, with a fridge, bottles, sterilising equipment, sink etc. It was open and available to everyone but (from memory) all milk (formula and EBM) had to be signed out by the mother and a midwife. If a mother expressed that she didn't want to continue with bf, she was shown this room, and where things were, how to prepare bottles, where to keep her formula when she bought it etc, but this room was not really 'advertised' if you know what I mean, it was on a needs-to-know- basis which is what I mean by I agree with it not being 'right there'. If there was a room that everyone was shown, with free access to help-yourself formula, bottles etc, I can imagine less women would persevere when bf gets hard.
I have been trying to keep up with this thread all day but it keeps moving.
Interesting reading over the course of the 20 odd pages. First pp'ing accuse the midwives of all being bf'ing nazis who hate formula and would let babies starve rather than give the stuff out, then the posts turn around and the midwives are forcing formula on mums left right and centre,
All I know if I wouldn't be a midwife for all the money in the world. My mother is one, as is one of my closest friends, and they are incredibly tolerant of mothers' choices, but are also incredibly over worked and understaffed.
FWIW I think formula should be supplied by all hospitals if necessary or the mother asks for it (so long as there is a full discussion on the topic with the parents). I would think the number of women who attend a public hospital and ff from birth and don't come prepared would be so minor as to be inconsequential.
The baby friendly health initiative guidelines here in WA make obtaining formula so difficult in hospital I think this is a complete non-issue here
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