That's such an awful thing to say and really just hurts people. I hope the person who said it no longer works for the aba.
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ABA can go take a running jump if they're allowing their own consultants to act that way. They're the LAST group I'd go to for help with lactation now!
It is terrible and not helpful at all. It just increases the pressure on women that they must breastfeed and if they can't they are a failure. Not only that but they are also destroying their childs immune system. Yes, breast is best but sometimes it is just not possible for whatever reason. We are lucky to have options in Australia and access to clean water and formula.
To the pp that said there were risks to ff, there are risks to everything in life. You do what you can to minimize them and make the best choice you can at the time.
Hi, just letting you all know that I have merged the two threads discussing this topic,
Does this sound like they are advocating the language used by the speaker?Australian Breastfeeding Association president Rachel Fuller immediately launched an investigation into the comments.
"These statements were inappropriate in this situation and the individual concerned has acted outside the instructions and guidelines given," Ms Fuller said.
"We take such matters seriously and are following this matter up internally today."
I feel strongly about promoting and encouraging breastfeeding, but those comments are ridiculous and are not relevant in Australia. There are known risks to formula feeding (even here), but it's not comparable to AIDS.
I have had several dealings with the ABA and I assure you that this is not an accurate representation of the usual advice which mothers receive. It's unfortunate that the hard work of hundreds of volunteers who work at all hours of the night can be undone by a single person's comments. Please don't feel discouraged from phoning the ABA for help if needed.
It's not the advice of the Aba it's the advice of one horrible person. There is so much support for breast feeding but what about support for those who can't?
I think there are better people to get the message out. Everyone knows that BF is the best way to feed a baby, but I don't think telling people who couldn't physically feed their child for a real reason that their actions are comparable with giving their child AIDS.
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