New York City Restricts Infant Formula In Hospitals To Promote Breastfeeding - page 4

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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    Quote from edmia
    I find it really hard to believe that with all the science and evidence available regarding the superiority of breast milk over formula that exists out there that any nurse would not support breastfeeding as the only option viable for a healthy mother and child.

    I also saw a post in this thread that talked about mothers who aren't comfortable breastfeeding. Huh???? Do we really think that an individual that feels it is disgusting to feed their child with the tools nature has provided so wisely is fit to be a parent? I don't think so. That kid will have some issues later on in life because if a mother cannot bear to hold her child skin to skin in order to feed it, then you bet that mother will not hold her baby often at all. Sad.
    judgemental much? How nice that your opinions should rule every mother out there. So anyone who doesn't choose to breastfeed is an unfit mother? OMG, my mother was horrible. All 7 of us kids were sooooooo mistreated cause we didn't get the tit. Not one of us had any issues with closeness with either of our parents, the lack of boobness in our first year did not stop us from being Walton-like in our family love and values. Sorry if your own personal mommy-doesn't-love-me issues has colored your life.

    Please do NOT take it upon yourself to tell me what my ONLY OPTIONS should be when it comes to rearing MY children.
    (oh, "only option" above bolded by me, not original poster)

    /end rant
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    Quote from klone
    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.
    I have no issues with someone being educated about breast feeding. Just not brow beaten into submission. Someone posted that the nurses should educate and if that fails have another person come in to educate and if *that* fails, explain the god-awful procedure of having to get the formula out of the pyxis and document and submit information to the government and wouldn't it be best to just try again. At that point, I'd be telling them to bring me the <expletive> formula and then get the <expletive> out of my room and don't bring it the up again. And if it is too much trouble to do your <expletive> job of getting it out of the machine, then get me a nurse who doesn't have a problem with it. (Well, the expletives might be said on the inside, but the rest of it would be said hotly and loudly to the nurse in question.)

    I have no problems with breast feeding. I actually agree that it is the best route. I also think it's the best route when my adult patients follow their plan of care and take meds as ordered. And I will educate to that. What I will NOT do is make judgement calls on their value as a person, husband, wife, mother, etc based upon the decisions they ultimately make.
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    Wow - this is really enlightening for me - never worked in this clinical area... never wanted to .... actively avoided it.

    I get completely weirded out when (male) politicos make laws which dictate what women can do with their bodies (Handmaid's Tale???) Seems to me that this is the same bunch that continually decreases support for women's health, refuses to mandate any post-natal paid leave, and castigates women who are the recipients of child welfare payments while doing diddly squat to make 'unwed fathers' take any responsibility. I'm tired of the paternalistic attitude - women are slightly dim children who don't know any better and they must be told what to do - certainly can't be trusted to make our own health care decisions.

    So I'm curious- How are women supposed to work this into their minimum wage jobs with no place to pump, no place to store milk, etc? If breastfeeding is mandated, shouldn't employers be mandated to support it also?
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    Quote from nursewreched
    What I will NOT do is make judgement calls on their value as a person
    And where again are the nurses at these hospitals being required to do this?
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    Quote from klone
    And where again are the nurses at these hospitals being required to do this?
    I was not referring to the nurses being required to do this, I was upset at a post stating any mother who would choose not to breast feed would be unfit and unwilling to even hold their child.
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    Quote from nursewreched
    I was not referring to the nurses being required to do this, I was upset at a post stating any mother who would choose not to breast feed would be unfit and unwilling to even hold their child.
    Ah. Well, that I can agree with (you, not the person who stated that opinion). I am an IBCLC and as such, I have a vested interested in women wanting to and trying to breastfeed. But I have no interest in forcing women to breastfeed. I only want to help the women who want to be helped. At the end of the day, I only care that babies get fed. If I wrung my hands over every mother who decided not to breastfeed, I'd burn out in about two weeks.
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    Sorry, I can't help myself:

    http://www.lucieslist.com/breastfeeding-in-america/

    Facts to ponder.

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