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No More Free Formula in Hospitals Is Best for All Moms

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Posted by Michele Zipp
on April 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

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If you have your baby in a hospital, there are many ways the scenario will play out. But one thing is almost always certain -- you will have access to free formula. Lots of it. Even if you are nursing and baby has that sticker on the little rolling crib that says "I'm a breastfed baby." Now I wasn't always sold on the idea that this is a bad thing. If a mama is formula feeding, why not be able to get a whole bunch of expensive formula courtesy of the hospital where you (or your insurance) spent a whole lot of money to have a baby there? Makes perfect sense. But then I started thinking some more.

Those formula companies who place their products in hospitals ... do they have an ulterior motive? And, most worrisome, for the mom who really wants to breastfeed, those first moments and days are very important, and if formula is there to tempt her to just let the nurses feed the baby, it can derail her breastfeeding efforts.

There is much more to it than just some free stuff.

Dozens of health and consumer organizations are sending letters to hospitals around the country demanding that they stop giving out free formula supplied to them by the formula companies. They believe it's like an endorsement for the formula and can halt a mom's breastfeeding success. I agree. Some hospitals have already ended the free formula deal and and many are calling themselves "Baby Friendly" and helping moms breastfeed. This is what we need everywhere.

Way back when my mother had me, people actually believed that formula was better for baby than breastmilk. We all know that isn't true unless of course mom is hooked on drugs and baby shouldn't be anywhere near her breastmilk. But this was was preached to consumers by formula companies and the medical community who just weren't up to speed with their research.

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I'm sorry but the natural milk you produce to feed your baby just isn't as good as this artificial stuff we put together in a factory. Wow. Could you imagine if someone told you that today? Mama knows best -- and mama makes the best milk. We know this now. This is fact.

New moms are also more vulnerable when in a hospital setting. At least I think so. Just going through labor or a frightening delivery by c-section, you are healing and learning your way through those first moments of motherhood. You have all these nurses around you, food delivered, fresh water given just by ringing a bell. And if you are tired (which you most likely will be) and the temptation of formula is right there to feed baby instead of your breast, you may take it. It's like giving a crying child what she wants even if she shouldn't have it. And yes, it's easier to go that route, but once you get home, there is no more bell to ring for water. No more meals delivered, no nurse to mix up formula and feed your baby for you. If you started in the hospital as a mom who wanted to breastfeed but used the formula because it was easier, the reality sets in when you get home and there are piles of bottles with all of their parts to wash.

Breastfeeding isn't easy. But it is worth it for so many reasons. And ease of use is one of them. When you are really tired once you are home and baby wants to eat, breastfeeding is easier than making a bottle of formula. We don't have to get into the benefits for baby's health and mama's health because we all know them by now, but let's just say it surpasses what you can get in a bottle any day.

This isn't about bashing formula. Because I think it's fantastic and I both breastfed and formula fed my twins. This is about giving a mom who wants to breastfeed the best shot at succeeding. This is about helping her most in the beginning when she needs that support the most. This is about what's best for mom and baby. Because we all deserve the best -- or at least the best shot at trying.

What do you think of an all-out ban of free formula in hospitals?

 

by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

We were the for the Norwegian Country Christmas last December.

Small, small world.   I never knew people knew that town....

Quoting krysstizzle:

Oh, nice! Small world. I lived there for about 2 years, it's been about 9 years ago I guess. I worked as a CNA at the nursing home.


Quoting Tanya93:

Quoting krysstizzle:










No way?!





My MIL's family is from there. Some artwork of a great-great aunt of his is in the museum there.


Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM
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Oh yeah.   Trying to top us.


Well I got free chocolate!    Much better than steak anyday!

Quoting romalove:

 

Quoting Tanya93:

Yeah, well we got Godiva chocolate.  So there

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

What. Ever.

Quoting Tanya93:

Quoting Kate_Momof3:





Well, no. But we did get eggs benedict and fruit salad.



 I had my first child in a hospital on Staten Island.  The night before you go home, they do a surf and turf dinner, so we had steak and shrimp, and believe it or not, they gave us a little bottle of champagne from a Staten Island winery.  We didn't even know anyone on Staten Island made wine!


krysstizzle
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I loved the little festivals they had there. That was where I first discovered kolaches. 

It's tiny, that town. My mom was a teacher there, now she teaches in Oglesby (which I think is smaller?) and lives in Mosheim (which is definitely smaller and made up of about 5 houses and..that's it!).

Quoting Tanya93:

We were the for the Norwegian Country Christmas last December.

Small, small world.   I never knew people knew that town....

Quoting krysstizzle:

Oh, nice! Small world. I lived there for about 2 years, it's been about 9 years ago I guess. I worked as a CNA at the nursing home.


Quoting Tanya93:

Quoting krysstizzle:










No way?!





My MIL's family is from there. Some artwork of a great-great aunt of his is in the museum there.



Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I know exactly where all this stuff is.


And yes, kolaches are awesome.   However, if you ever go visit your mom and haven't been to West for kolaches, it is a must do.

Quoting krysstizzle:

I loved the little festivals they had there. That was where I first discovered kolaches. 

It's tiny, that town. My mom was a teacher there, now she teaches in Oglesby (which I think is smaller?) and lives in Mosheim (which is definitely smaller and made up of about 5 houses and..that's it!).

Quoting Tanya93:

We were the for the Norwegian Country Christmas last December.

Small, small world.   I never knew people knew that town....

Quoting krysstizzle:

Oh, nice! Small world. I lived there for about 2 years, it's been about 9 years ago I guess. I worked as a CNA at the nursing home.


Quoting Tanya93:

Quoting krysstizzle:










No way?!





My MIL's family is from there. Some artwork of a great-great aunt of his is in the museum there.




krysstizzle
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Too funny. Usually when I tell people where my mom lives, I just say, "about 40 minutes from Waco" because if you're not from there, Mosheim means absolutely nothing. 

Where is West, for the kolaches? I have a weakness for them, probably because I don't have them often.

Quoting Tanya93:

I know exactly where all this stuff is.


And yes, kolaches are awesome.   However, if you ever go visit your mom and haven't been to West for kolaches, it is a must do.


paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I posted that in refernce to this A ban n the free formula seems to be forcing them to do what they cannot do or wish to do. Wrong IMO.

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

I said in the case of that can of formula from home being confiscated as a part of this ban. A hypothetical and not having to do with the story you've posted.

Quoting paganbaby:

If she can bring her own formula then how would she be "forced" to breastfeed?

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

Of course she can buy formula and should bring it with her. It's only the freebie formula from the hospital that would be banned.

Not sure if you wrote your last comment TIC, but let's say this were to occur and a hospital tried to confiscate that can of formula. That hospital would be in a world of hurt publicity wise and SHOULD be.

Quoting paganbaby:

Is it possible that a mom who wants to formula feed could go to the store and buy some? Or will the hospital like confiscate her formula at the door so she won't have a choice but to breastfeed?

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

Not everyone can or wants to breast-feed and it is their right to choose to formula feed.

A ban n the free formula seems to be forcing them to do what they cannot do or wish to do. Wrong IMO.







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Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

It's on I-35.  It's probably 45-50 minutes from your mom's place.   Between Bellmead and Hillsboro.   In fact, I am driving through there tonight on my way to Kansas.


It's a place called the Czech Stop.   Just incredible kolaches.

Quoting krysstizzle:

Too funny. Usually when I tell people where my mom lives, I just say, "about 40 minutes from Waco" because if you're not from there, Mosheim means absolutely nothing. 

Where is West, for the kolaches? I have a weakness for them, probably because I don't have them often.

Quoting Tanya93:

I know exactly where all this stuff is.


And yes, kolaches are awesome.   However, if you ever go visit your mom and haven't been to West for kolaches, it is a must do.



paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Oh I just love how my post got off topic LOL!

krysstizzle
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Got it. Thanks!

Quoting Tanya93:

It's on I-35.  It's probably 45-50 minutes from your mom's place.   Between Bellmead and Hillsboro.   In fact, I am driving through there tonight on my way to Kansas.


It's a place called the Czech Stop.   Just incredible kolaches.

Quoting krysstizzle:

Too funny. Usually when I tell people where my mom lives, I just say, "about 40 minutes from Waco" because if you're not from there, Mosheim means absolutely nothing. 

Where is West, for the kolaches? I have a weakness for them, probably because I don't have them often.

Quoting Tanya93:

I know exactly where all this stuff is.


And yes, kolaches are awesome.   However, if you ever go visit your mom and haven't been to West for kolaches, it is a must do.




Traci_Momof2
by Silver Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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Quoting Tanya93:

Quoting Traci_Momof2:





Why aren't you advocating removal of free diapers? Should moms be pressured into using Pampers swaddlers because they are too fragile to say no?

The desires of some to pu7sh bf should not impact the choices that hospitals may make.

Because the difference between Pampers, Huggies and Luvs is inconsequential.  The same can not be said for the difference between breastmilk and formula.  Also, the learning curve for diapering is pretty small.  The learning curve for breastfeeding is huge.

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