There's a new article I just read, that notes, "Providing free infant formula to breastfeeding mothers upon hospital discharge leads...
There's a new article I just read, that notes, "Providing free infant formula to breastfeeding mothers upon hospital discharge leads women to stop nursing their babies sooner than they had planned, according to a new study from the Oregon Department of Human Services." Is this true? The recent study says so. A medical epidemiologist in the DHS Public Health Division says that, "If hospitals stop giving out free formula to women who are breastfeeding, they will breastfeed for a longer period of time." This is a big deal in my neck of the woods (Oregon), because last year Portland, Oregon was the first city in the nation to have all their hospitals quit giving formula to mothers routinely. I think that's a good thing because it reduces the normalcy of formula. whether I think it improves breastfeeding is another story. The gist of the study says that handing mamas formula after also giving them breastfeeding support and teaching in hospitals, undercuts the message that breast is best. What I think is that formula is easy enough to get. Every supermarket in the country carries it. I honestly find it hard to believe that one canister of formula obtained from the hospital is hardly going to make or break breastfeeding. What really matters is the public views on breastfeeding, how the media portrays breastfeeding (if ever), and most importantly the ongoing support available to breastfeeding mamas. Sure, I don't think formula should be given to every mama who gives birth in a hospital. But is this really, deep down, the reason mamas don't (or quit) breastfeeding? Doubtful. I think we need to look at the big picture. What do you think? Need more help and support? Click on the following links: Breastfeeding in public is your right Painful breastfeeding: from normal to serious issues What to do when your baby won’t breastfeed Breastfeeding bloggers everywhere!

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