New York City Restricts Infant Formula In Hospitals To Promote Breastfeeding - page 2

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Starting September 3, 2012 under a new program enacted by Mayor Bloomberg New York City will keep count of all bottles of formula stocked and distributed by NYC hospitals. Formula must also be kept under lock and key with... Read More


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    Leave the choice to the mother, and let the OB/GYN and pediatricians and nurses educate the mother. There is no need to force a choice on someone. Pretty sure we still have a right to parent as we choose (within the law).
    sharpeimom, KeyMaster, imintrouble, and 4 others like this.
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    Edmia, i wont copy and paste and i dont know your views on abortion either, but i will use your argument that a woman who chooses not to breastfeed is unfit because bf is what is supposed to happen as an argument against abortion. Once pregnant, a woman should and must not seek a termination. And then here is a question.....how about the drug addicted (unfit) mom who wants to breastfeed (fit)?This kind of thing should not be legislated and will be a loss of privacy and freedom if it is.
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    I am not saying breastfeeding should be forced on women, but definitely pushed, and hard. It's the best choice for both of them physically. I think women should try breastfeeding unless it's contraindicated medically. If they hate it or it doesn't work, their baby will live on formula. But I don't want to pay for it. Any of it. Ever. And too many women refuse to even bother or attempt at it. It's best for the baby and the mother and they won't have any part of it. They think it's gross or they are lazy or they don't want to have to have an inconvenience, and hey, if formula is free from WIC...


    By the way, if children want to attend public school where I live they MUST be vaccinated unless they have an allergy to egg or the vaccine itself, period. No "choice" when it comes to safety and public health. As it should be. Sorry! Not getting your kids vaccinated is risky and ignorant in my opinion. I am not saying they should force them, but when it puts the population as a whole at risk... It's not just "a personal choice" anymore.
    Last edit by JZ_RN on Aug 1, '12 : Reason: added things
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    Quote from JZ_RN
    I am not saying breastfeeding should be forced on women, but definitely pushed, and hard. It's the best choice for both of them physically. I think women should try breastfeeding unless it's contraindicated medically. If they hate it or it doesn't work, their baby will live on formula. But I don't want to pay for it. Any of it. Ever. And too many women refuse to even bother or attempt at it. It's best for the baby and the mother and they won't have any part of it. They think it's gross or they are lazy or they don't want to have to have an inconvenience, and hey, if formula is free from WIC...


    By the way, if children want to attend public school where I live they MUST be vaccinated unless they have an allergy to egg or the vaccine itself, period. No "choice" when it comes to safety and public health. As it should be. Sorry! Not getting your kids vaccinated is risky and ignorant in my opinion. I am not saying they should force them, but when it puts the population as a whole at risk... It's not just "a personal choice" anymore.
    Ah, but WICC is a government funded program. So you (and I) are already paying for it. And that will not change anytime soon. It is interesting to me that low income women are being given mixed messages....breast is best vs. free formula. And for those women who rely on their mothers for support, if one was born in the 50's and 60's it was pretty much unheard of in a lot of areas (and one got a shot to "dry up milk" regularly). And depending on the activities of the mother, sometimes breast is not best. It is a personal decision. I am all for educating patients on what is the best course of action. What they do when they get home is not the government's business. The same government who pushes formula.
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    Decided to stay out of this one.

    edmia - is this the story you were referring to?

    Jim and Jennifer Stolpa and their infant son -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowbou...r_Stolpa_Story
    Last edit by nursel56 on Aug 2, '12
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    Quote from jadelpn
    But it is their choice. And a viable option. And it should be simple. And women need to not be made to feel badly because of it. Many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids. Do I agree with that? No. But it is not my choice to make. The government should not decide how one chooses to feed their child. Isn't it ironic that WICC pays for formula?
    They're not made to feel bad. IF they want to use formula, or if they need to use formula, they can use formula, and it will be provided to them. Nobody is FORCED to breastfeed. How would that even be possible? Sheesh.
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    I wouldn't deliver there. To breastfeed or not breastfeed is a personal choice. For a hospital (or nursing staff) to even begin to think they should be involved in that decision is asinine.
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    It may be a personal choice, but it's also a public health issue, and it's also probably the first major health decision you make for your child, so yeah, it is sort of in the purview of your pediatrician and the hospital staff to provide education and teaching on it. They would be totally failing at their jobs if they didn't.
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    Here is an article that gives a good representation of the ACTUAL practice of what's done in those hospitals, rather than the hyperbolic visions of nipple nazis that some people seem to conjure:

    Public Health Doula: Reply turned post: The nightmarish vision of a baby-friendly hospital
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    Some of the women posting here are the same ones who would defend to the death a woman's right to choose.
    I guess it depends of what choice we're making.
    HouTx, Not_A_Hat_Person, and Jessy_RN like this.


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