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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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SuperChicken
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Hmmmmm, I don't agree.  I haven't read all the replies so I don't know if it's been said, but imo when a patient is in the hospital the hospital is responsible for feeding them.  That should include ff babies.  Expecting parents to provide formula for an infant, when they wouldn't have to provide food for a two year old that was also in hospital seems discriminatory to me.

My hospital rocked.  I breastfed, so I didn't get free formula.  But they sent us home with the cutest knit blankets, and a little outfit with a sweater hat and booties.   I still have them and my son is 9.

Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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I will probably stop and see if they have any for road trip munching tonight.

Quoting krysstizzle:

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.





Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You just really want to take away the choices of hospitals.   How sad.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:


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.


paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

My sil, who never breastfed btw, said that hospitals should not be giving formula to moms who want to nurse. Even giving your baby one bottle can ruin the whole thing.

But you plan on bottle feeding, the samples are great. She's looking forward to the free formula when she has this baby.

Quoting SuperChicken:

Hmmmmm, I don't agree.  I haven't read all the replies so I don't know if it's been said, but imo when a patient is in the hospital the hospital is responsible for feeding them.  That should include ff babies.  Expecting parents to provide formula for an infant, when they wouldn't have to provide food for a two year old that was also in hospital seems discriminatory to me.

My hospital rocked.  I breastfed, so I didn't get free formula.  But they sent us home with the cutest knit blankets, and a little outfit with a sweater hat and booties.   I still have them and my son is 9.


Lilypie - Personal pictureLilypie Breastfeeding tickers

Traci_Momof2
by Silver Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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Nope.  I really just want the WHO Code enforced in the United States and I want to give every chance possible for a successful bf'ing relationship to every mom who wants it.

Quoting Tanya93:

You just really want to take away the choices of hospitals.   How sad.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:

 

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.

 


SuperChicken
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM


Quoting paganbaby:

My sil, who never breastfed btw, said that hospitals should not be giving formula to moms who want to nurse. Even giving your baby one bottle can ruin the whole thing.

But you plan on bottle feeding, the samples are great. She's looking forward to the free formula when she has this baby.

Quoting SuperChicken:

Hmmmmm, I don't agree.  I haven't read all the replies so I don't know if it's been said, but imo when a patient is in the hospital the hospital is responsible for feeding them.  That should include ff babies.  Expecting parents to provide formula for an infant, when they wouldn't have to provide food for a two year old that was also in hospital seems discriminatory to me.

My hospital rocked.  I breastfed, so I didn't get free formula.  But they sent us home with the cutest knit blankets, and a little outfit with a sweater hat and booties.   I still have them and my son is 9.


?  What does your sil have to do with it?

Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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Then maybe bf moms need to step up and take responsibility.

We should not have to follow the WHO .   You just have no faith in mothers.   And that is sad.

If giving you formula means you have to take it home and you will have to use it, then you weren't committed to breast feeding anyway.


Women all scream they are for choice, until it is something they don't agree with personally.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:

Nope.  I really just want the WHO Code enforced in the United States and I want to give every chance possible for a successful bf'ing relationship to every mom who wants it.

Quoting Tanya93:

You just really want to take away the choices of hospitals.   How sad.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:


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.




Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

And those of us that choose not ot BF? 

We get free samples from Drs and hospitals all the time.  Formula is not different.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:

Nope.  I really just want the WHO Code enforced in the United States and I want to give every chance possible for a successful bf'ing relationship to every mom who wants it.

Quoting Tanya93:

You just really want to take away the choices of hospitals.   How sad.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:

 

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.

 

 


paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM


Quoting SuperChicken:


Quoting paganbaby:

My sil, who never breastfed btw, said that hospitals should not be giving formula to moms who want to nurse. Even giving your baby one bottle can ruin the whole thing.

But you plan on bottle feeding, the samples are great. She's looking forward to the free formula when she has this baby.

Quoting SuperChicken:

Hmmmmm, I don't agree.  I haven't read all the replies so I don't know if it's been said, but imo when a patient is in the hospital the hospital is responsible for feeding them.  That should include ff babies.  Expecting parents to provide formula for an infant, when they wouldn't have to provide food for a two year old that was also in hospital seems discriminatory to me.

My hospital rocked.  I breastfed, so I didn't get free formula.  But they sent us home with the cutest knit blankets, and a little outfit with a sweater hat and booties.   I still have them and my son is 9.


?  What does your sil have to do with it?

Because she's a mother like the rest of us and just wanted to give her opinion??

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paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You know I'm just going to follow you around and *like* all your posts ha ha!

Quoting Traci_Momof2:

Nope.  I really just want the WHO Code enforced in the United States and I want to give every chance possible for a successful bf'ing relationship to every mom who wants it.

Quoting Tanya93:

You just really want to take away the choices of hospitals.   How sad.

Quoting Traci_Momof2:


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.




Lilypie - Personal pictureLilypie Breastfeeding tickers

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