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Paying women to breastfeed??

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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Program That Offers Moms Cash to Breastfeed Their Babies Is a Genius Idea

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

breastfeedingIn an effort to boost breastfeeding, new mothers are being offered money to nurse their babies in Britain. Yep, cold hard cash for putting an infant to their breast. Does it sound ridiculous to you? It did to me at first. Seriously? Paying women to breastfeed? It just seems so ... unnatural. But when I thought about it for a minute or two, I realized: If anything is going to get moms who are on the fence about whether or not to breastfeed, it's cashola. Money talks. Even to tatas.

The program is being introduced in two "deprived" areas of England, the country with the worst breastfeeding rates. It will offer new mothers shopping vouchers for grocery stores and other shops for $200 if they breastfeed for six weeks, and vouchers for $320 if they continue for six months. The program will be policed via having midwives check in with mothers to confirm that they are in fact nursing.

However, not everyone agrees with this tactic to boost breastfeeding rates. Janet Fyle, policy advisor to the Royal College of Midwives, said: "The motive for breastfeeding cannot be rooted by offering financial reward. It has to be something that a mother wants to do in the interest of the health and well-being of her child." And while I agree with Fyle's statement when it pertains to most situations, I think offering low-income families vouchers actually would get them to breastfeed. Maybe more so than educating them on the benefits of nursing. I also think that once they've hit that six-week mark, barring no complications have arisen, the odds of them making it to six months is pretty good. By six weeks, moms typically have their routine down pat, and their nipples don't feel like they're on fire every time baby latches on. It's the little things.

This is a new program, so we'll have to wait and see how it pans out. But my money (heh) is on that it does. What's a bigger incentive to people than cash? There's a reason people have been doing it in business for years to boost employee productivity -- it works! Why wouldn't it with nursing?

If the initiative winds up doing exactly what it's intended to do -- get more moms to breastfeed -- it will be rolled out nationally next year. And then who knows? Maybe we'll see more mums in England breastfeeding their babies -- even without the cash incentive. It has to start somewhere, right?

Do you think money would incentivize women to breastfeed?

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MIA0223
by Emerald Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM
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Well darn, I want some money!
Lol.
I have nursed 3 years and counting out of my life. Feel free to send me a check England! Lol!
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ivy801
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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That is dumb breastfeed cause you want to.
JDmommyJD
by the sauce is boss on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

 I think its a terrible idea.. You will have women who have no business nursing, doing so just for the cash. The children will suffer, more than not, for those who choose to bf solely for the monetary benefit.

peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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I don't see how it is any worse of an idea then paying for formula for a year through WIC

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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sometimes a mom needs a push to do something. For me, i was planning to bf but had very little support. And then my mil started spouting every negative thing she ever experienced with bfing and basically said i wouldn't be able to do it either. guess what? I did it for 2 years with each child just to spite her. Seriously. Wanting to prove her wrong was the driving force when it would've been really easy to quit. 

so ya know, if a mom doesn't want to, fine. but if she's not sure and goes "hm, i could get those vouchers if i just do it" ....whatever works! for some it might lead to a long nursing relationship and not just that 6 month period.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM
No I don't think this is a good idea. You should educate as much as possible but people need to parent how they see fit

I didn't breastfeed and my children turned out perfectly OK.
LaughCryLive
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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They will be checked on by health care professionals. If those women are so unfit to breast feed they probably shouldn't have custody of their children.


Quoting JDmommyJD:

 I think its a terrible idea.. You will have women who have no business nursing, doing so just for the cash. The children will suffer, more than not, for those who choose to bf solely for the monetary benefit.


LaughCryLive
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM
They can still choose to not breast feed. Providing an incentive is not the same as forcing them.


Quoting Anonymous:

No I don't think this is a good idea. You should educate as much as possible but people need to parent how they see fit



I didn't breastfeed and my children turned out perfectly OK.

couture-mommy
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM
I still wouldn't.
The incentive is nice, but nah
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM

 Hell no.  The women in the US want something for nothing.  God forbid they actually lift their shirt when they can scream at one of their other welfare beggars to prop a bottle for the howling baby.

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