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    Default Re: not so helpful advice from the ABA - all threads merged

    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    Totally inappropriate and irrelevant to formula feeding in Australia.

    It's individuals like this who give the ABA a bad name. I hope she gets axed.
    Me too! I'm disgusted and disappointed. I recently have been speaking with the ABA to get someone to come speak with and work with the mums I work with to help promote breastfeeding and I'm kind of worried now.. I don't want someone to come in and act like this woman. That's going to turn them right off breastfeeding.

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    The ABA don't 'allow' their counsellors to say those sorts of things, this is being investigated. I'm so sad to see this as it will put people off calling the Breastfeeding Helpline when the vast majority of counsellors are really helpful and lovely.

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    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/media-centre

    The ABA released this media statement today:
    25 August 2012

    *Australian Breastfeeding Association Investigates Allegations of Misconduct*
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    The Australian Breastfeeding Association has today responded to a news report regarding alleged comments made during a Breastfeeding Education Class held in Queensland.

    The Association has launched an internal investigation into the
    allegation of misconduct. If the investigation finds the volunteer counsellor has acted inappropriately, the Association will take appropriate disciplinary action.

    The Australian Breastfeeding Association has hundreds of trained volunteer breastfeeding counsellors across the country who provide thousands of hours of up-to-date breastfeeding information and support to mothers, fathers and support people each day through our Breastfeeding Helpline, website, email counselling and at local breastfeeding support groups.

    In cases where mothers do not have enough breastmilk to nourish their babies, or where breastfeeding is not possible, the Association supports women to make informed choices about the available alternatives.

    All trained breastfeeding counsellors are governed by our Code of Ethics and are not permitted to give medical advice.

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    Default Re: not so helpful advice from the ABA - all threads merged

    It is truly unfortunate that these comments have been made. She has tarnished the image of an organisation that does a lot of good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleandsam View Post
    It is truly unfortunate that these comments have been made. She has tarnished the image of an organisation that does a lot of good.

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    This is very true and I can tell you from personal experience in other areas, people in all sorts of jobs and capacities can *go rogue* and push their own agenda or talk out of turn (I once worked with someone who was talking to someone on the phone and from the conversation was able to tell the person that their son had kleptomania). It is such a shame that this persons actions just perpetuate the *b00b nazi* crap that ABA has spent years trying to shake.

    I feel for any poor, vulnerable woman who has been fed that rubbish who may need to turn to formula - Imagine feeling that holding a bottle of formula to your babies mouth is akin to administering it with a dirty syringe? Just awful.

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    Default Re: not so helpful advice from the ABA - all threads merged

    I am so angry over this article. Would like to hear her opinion on what someone should do if for some reason they can not breast feed. Like if the mother was on medication that could have serious side effects or chemo etc.

    not only has she demonised formula feeding but AIDS as well.

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    Default More ABA guilt for formula feeding mums.

    http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/h...-1226458040994

    So an ABA "counsellor" has told expectant mothers that formula feeding is the equivalent to AIDS.

    AIDS.

    So by her logic, my medical inability to produce appropriate quantities of breastmilk for my babies is tantamount to me filling a syringe full of infected blood and stabbing my kid with it? What a horrible, insulting and terrible thing to infer.

    I am also totally confused as to where she pulled the "dead baby every 30 seconds" statistic from. I can suggest the region she pulled it from, but I prefer to steer clear of such crudity.

    I can only imagine the kind of guilt some of these mothers may feel now if they struggle to breastfeed. It was struggle enough for me without being told that I was effectively killing my child if I formula fed!

    Sorry, but the actions of this organisation make me SO MAD!

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    Default More ABA guilt for formula feeding mums.

    There is already another thread on here discussing this issue.

    I'm just confused as to what you mean by 'more'? They are generally a great, helpful organisation and a lot of the operators are hard working women who volunteer their time.

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    so wrong in many ways. So by there logic my 18 year old niece should be a sickly person. She would have died if she wasnt put on formula my sister tried to BF but didnt produce anything she tried for 6 weeks and my niece got very ill Formula saved her life

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    Default More ABA guilt for formula feeding mums.

    Couldn't give a cr@p what these people think! I tried to BF but don't produce enough milk and I don't feel one ounce of guilt for formula feeding my babies. They are happy healthy kids. They can stick their ludicrous statements as far as I'm concerned
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