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What do you think of the push to ban formula freebies in hospitals?

Posted by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM
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Hospital Bans Formula Freebies in Latest Breastfeeding Victory

Posted by Michele Zipp on July 18, 2012 

baby bottleThere are a lot of ways you can describe formula. Expensive. Annoying to make with the cleaning of the bottles and the mixing if you get powder. What is needed if you don't breastfeed. And contraband. As of now, in Massachusetts, new mothers will not be getting free formula samples to take home with them. And it's all an effort of encouragement. To help babies get the best start. To help moms.

I believe some time around the advent of formula, the master plan was to get people to think the synthetic breastmilk was better than the real thing straight from mama. But the thing is, we didn't know very well back then. We painted things with lead, made things with BPA, you know, did things that have jeopardized our health, unknowingly.

Then somewhere along the line, breasts became completely and totally sexualized and breastfeeding rates plummeted. Which takes us to today where 57 percent of Americans think breastfeeding is an obscene act.

The push of free samples -- that subliminal advertising, that mother's little helper all too tempting for a new mom who may be struggling with nursing her first baby -- is what derails many from giving their babies the best stuff on Earth. The stuff that comes from mom, pure and perfect and everything your baby needs. Breastmilk.

The hard truth is that studies prove that mothers who breastfeed and get those free formula samples when leaving the hospital are less likely to be breastfeeding by the time baby was 1 month old. It's like the anti-breastfeeding serum. And Massachusetts isn't the only state to say no more. The ban on formula samples is happening in many places around the country and soon we may be a no free formula samples in hospitals kind of country.

I realize some will blast all this. Question what the mothers who can't or don't want to breastfeed should do. Act as if the world is ending because *gasp* free samples of formula won't be coming home with new moms in their hospital stash right next to all the extra absorbent maxi pads.

I want to say this: I love formula. It's fantastic. It should be more awesome and companies should be more careful about making it as safe and as great as possible. Many of us need it. But if you want free formula samples, contact the formula companies. You will get them sent to your home and coupons and all that jazz. The banning of the free samples from the hospital is something I applaud even though I know how needed formula is because hospitals should have their patients' best interest in mind. And if a mom wants to breastfeed and has the free sample formula in her home and in a moment of insomnia decides to give baby just one bottle, that one act can ruin a woman's chances of breastfeeding until the recommended 6 months by the American Academy of Pediatrics, or the World Health Organization's 2 years. We shouldn't be ruining chances when it comes to this. There shouldn't be a free temptation, given to a mom at a tender time, a whirlwind moment filled with overwhelming emotions.

Formula is great, and needed, and so necessary for so many. This isn't an attack on formula or those who use it. It's instead an effort to help breastfeeding. At no one's expense.

What do you think of the push to ban formula freebies in hospitals?

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM
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hunterskysmom
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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I think it's wrong the mother should have a choice
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AM-BRAT
by Bronze Member on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM
The mother does have a choice.

To leave and buy it or bring it with her.

Good for them. Why offer shit moms don't always need. If they do, get it themselves.


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I think it's wrong the mother should have a choice

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ashleybgarcia
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM
Good for them. Formula is not a substitute for what's natural, & babies are supposed to get. I don't know why people don't see they are being gimmicked & sucked into at least a year of buying processed crap for their baby, when they have what they needed all along for free.
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My3coconuts
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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Push a ban for women to breast feed hmmmm big brother at its best. Should they stop free diapers as well and push cloth diapers?

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Delirium003
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I agree. What if, while in the hospital, she can't breastfeed for some reason or another. She could have gone in with all good intentions of breastfeeding, but found that she couldn't. Kwim? Idk of a senerio that would be like this, but you never know.

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I think it's wrong the mother should have a choice
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ashleybgarcia
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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Sure why not ? Just like breastmilk, cloth is healthier, free of bleach, chemicals, toxins etc going straight to baby's genitals. And inexpensive too.


Quoting My3coconuts:

Push a ban for women to breast feed hmmmm big brother at its best. Should they stop free diapers as well and push cloth diapers?

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LuvingRN
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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Mothers should have a choice, plain & simple.
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Audreesmommy757
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

i think its stupid..i know with my first daughter i needed that formula and was glad to get it...she didnt take to breastfeeing and had jaundice so bad she needed the formula plus 4 sets of lights 

Meltopia529
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:11 PM
I wanted to BF. Took classes to learn more about it and all. My son was born tongue tied and couldn't latch on properly. After trying for two weeks at our first check up the dr told me to switch to formula. My baby wasn't gaining enough weight because he couldn't get a good latch. Needless to say I would have been grateful for a free tub of formula.

Quoting Delirium003:

I agree. What if, while in the hospital, she can't breastfeed for some reason or another. She could have gone in with all good intentions of breastfeeding, but found that she couldn't. Kwim? Idk of a senerio that would be like this, but you never know.



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I think it's wrong the mother should have a choice
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Baby_Avas_Momma
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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If your doc had any knowledge in breastfeeding, he would have clipped that tie as soon as they found it instead of pushing formula.

Quoting Meltopia529:

I wanted to BF. Took classes to learn more about it and all. My son was born tongue tied and couldn't latch on properly. After trying for two weeks at our first check up the dr told me to switch to formula. My baby wasn't gaining enough weight because he couldn't get a good latch. Needless to say I would have been grateful for a free tub of formula.



Quoting Delirium003:

I agree. What if, while in the hospital, she can't breastfeed for some reason or another. She could have gone in with all good intentions of breastfeeding, but found that she couldn't. Kwim? Idk of a senerio that would be like this, but you never know.





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