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    It's no-one else's business why a woman chooses to bottle feed.

    Would you suggest the midwives quiz a new mum about their reasons and then decide if they are worthy of free formula? To do so would be asking them to potentially re-live bad experiences to see if they fit into a box and can justify their reasons. how ridiculous

    I imagine most hospitals have formula practically thrown at them from formula companies anyway so it's a pointless question. If a hospital doesn't supply free formula, then all bottle feeding mums there would have to supply their own. How much does a newborn drink in 3-5 days anyway?

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    I think parents should supply formula if they wont breastfeed.

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    The mother should.
    They can't cater to all needs and many mothers (even new ones) want to use many different formulas.
    You're already given support, bedding and meals.

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    I think the parents should because how do they know what formula you want to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooke88(mum2b09) View Post
    The mother should.
    They can't cater to all needs and many mothers (even new ones) want to use many different formulas.
    You're already given support, bedding and meals.
    So then why isnt the baby entitled to recieve their meal (formula) also? I think hospitals should provide it

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    Parents. The hospital did not supply nappies, wipes, clothing, wraps, why bottles or formula?

    We had a bag that had samples, so 2 newborn Huggies nappies, Huggies wipes with 10 wipes in it (not sure about anyone else but it took about 10+ to clean up that sticky tar poo), 1 sachet of S26 formula, and a small tub of Sudocrem.

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    So... what about the woman who can't stand her bleeding nipples anymore at 2am? Where is she supposed to find this formula? What about the single mum who has no-one to pop into the chemist for her?

    When you and your baby are in hospital the hospital should have a duty of care to ensure that you are both adequately nourished. We're talking about a baby's food here, hardly a luxury item.

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    The hospital would have to have formula available as it has a duty of care to feed the newborns if they are not breastfeed so the question really is mute.

    As for the comment basically equating formula feeding to smoking cigarettes I cannot repeat the language I used when I read your comment!

    in respect to comments about different formulas the hospitals that I know of tend to have one brand and if a mother does not want to use that one they can then bring in their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Etienne View Post
    I think it's outrageous for a hospital to supply formula. To have it as an option and readily available at a hospital makes zero sense to me everyone has the right to feed their baby how they wish but I think a hospital (a place that is supposed to care about health) supplying formula is sending the message that formula is just as good as breastmilk.

    Not all people are educated on the risks of formula feeding and a lot of people trust that a hospital knows best.

    ETA: I'm not saying people shouldn't have access to it either what I'm saying is go buy it yourself. Yes the hospital supplies food etc but if I want cigarettes they aren't going to supply them are they.
    And jump on me all you like, I was sexually abused, raped, have PND, had a hard time establishing bf, issues with my breasts etc. for this reason I'm unable to even hand express because of my issues. If I wanted to stop bf for these reasons I would buy my own formula or more than likely source donor breastmilk.
    So women who have PND/ been abused (who VicPark agrees can have free formula) have to prove this to the hospital before being allowed formula?

    I think that would be absolutely horrific.

    I'm sorry for what you've been through, but what you're suggesting denies any bodily autonomy for women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShanandBoc View Post
    So then why isnt the baby entitled to recieve their meal (formula) also? I think hospitals should provide it

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    They should have it as back up only.
    And as I said in my OP not all mothers want to use the same brand formula. Why should the hospital have to pay the expense when breast milk is free?


 

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