in THIS country (which is the one surely that we are discussing) I have the RIGHT to decide what to do with my body .. and what I want to feed my child.
I went to a private hospital - where I happily stayed for a week with each child (I had two c-sections .. but that is a whole different debate ) .. I had all clothes, blankets, food, nappies, wipes, creams, dummies EVERYTHING provided .. but that is a private hospital. I did sign two consent forms .. one so that if my child was upset I gave permission for the midwives to use a dummy with my child .. and another so that if my child was still upset after a feed the midwives could discuss top up feeds (formula) for my baby. I signed both ( and used the hospital formula for top ups .. I was not asked to provide ANYTHING for my baby other than an outfit and nappy to go home in.
I wonder what the breastfeeding rates are from hospital to hospital, state to state. Public hospitals, not private.
In low SES areas, I would assume ff is much higher.
For nsw this was done in 2009 - go to page 53-54, my private hospital was 74.5% breastfed on infant feeding at discharge , the public hospital nearby was 76.5% so similar - the biggest public hospitals in Sydney were the highest at 86%
Last edited by Elijahs Mum; 23-06-2012 at 21:25.
1. If I study/work my ar$e off to support myself, pay my own way, and pay tax...it annoys me when people get greedy/entitled about what they receive from taxpayers money. Don't get me wrong I absolutely believe in helping out those who have fallen on hard times. It's just people that take it for granted and get greedy that I'm not fond of .
2. Not lots of money on arts and craft, or on things that individuals should pay for themselves (formula, childcare for non working/medical reason parents).
- I believe taxpayers money should be spent on basic needs (healthcare education). And on enabling people to pull themselves out of poverty if they are willing to put in hard work (eg helping with study fees, or daycare/rent/expenses for studying parents.)
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I think it should be there for all parents who need or elect to FF. I chose to BF but due to complications was in no state to attempt to BF after having my child- due to it being near midnight no one could have run out to get formula from a shop- the Midwife offered to feed my screaming hunry bub formula and for that I'm greatful(signed paperwork to consent etc...), the next morning again FFing, but by after noon I was well enough to begin BFing- which if I had rushed out buying a tin of formula would have meant I probably would never have attempted to BF.
Its not about taxes but ensuring all babies get the best start in life and if that means hospitals have some formula on hand for ALL parents with the need then who really cares how much it costs. There is a lot more money being wasted on paper and advertising by the government then on essentials for newborns!
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