Read the article here: No More Free Formula in Providence, RI Hospitals
This may not be the most popular opinion, but I think this is a step in the right direction. We all know BREAST IS BEST, so why are hospitals encouraging mothers to give their babies formula. This is a great way for hospitals to send the message that women should at the VERY least try to nurse their children because it IS what is best for their babies and for mothers.
Breastfeeding is extremely difficult for some women (myself included) and handing out formula makes it too easy to just give up. My baby struggled to nurse when he was first born and the hospital kept saying "If he doesn't get it soon we can give him a little formula". I remember thinking "My baby would only be getting colostrum right now anyway, my milk won't even come in for a few days. What's the rush?" I refused the formula because I did not want to give up so soon, but not all women would do the same and not all hospitals would take no for an answer.
In my eyes hospitals giving new mothers formula is as bad as allowing advertising formula.
Why are we inundated with ads for formula, but rarely see ads for breastfeeding?
Why aren't we educating women on the benefits and importance of breastmilk to a baby?
Why aren't we helping women find lactation experts and support groups in their area?
I am positive that if we as women started supporting each other and stopped treating breastfeeding like a taboo, but instead embraced it, there would be a lot more women successfully breastfeeding their babies.
Come back on Friday when I will share my struggle with breastfeeding and how I made sure my baby NEVER had formula.