Re: Some hospitals getting in way of breast-feeding
Please explain to me how including formula samples in the bag is forcing
mothers to choose formula over breast-milk? Does that also mean that because I got Pampers in my bag that that is the only brand of diapers I will use? And what about the Desitin sample? God forbid I should A&D ointment instead (which I did)! Including samples for the mother simply increases her options. It's not forcing her to DO anything.
Yes, breast feeding is something personal that mothers-to-be should decide upon before their child is born. But then again, some of us tried and tried and tried and it just didn't work out. In my case, I HAD to put Drew on formula - I wasn't producing enough milk and he actually started losing weight. Because of those problems, I didn't even try with Ally because she was so small to start with (even though I wanted to). I wasn't forced to use formula, but it was a choice I made - an informed decision. And it had nothing to do with the samples I received or didn't receive.
When I was at the hospital with Tisha this past January, the hospital was wonderful! Tisha told them that she wanted to breastfeed and the lactation consultant was in her room 5 or 6 times a day for the 3 days she was there. And there was still
formula in the bags they gave her (2 different types of bags, too). No one pressured her one way or the other and they were supportive of her decision - period.
As far as breastfed being smarter than bottle fed - that's a bunch of horse manure! Both of my kids are smart. Drew's IQ is 135 (although you wouldn't know it from his failing grades), yet he was bottle fed. Imagine that! Of course, they would probably blame his grades on formula. Ally makes good grades, too. Whoever did that research twisted their results. It's a known fact that most research can be turned to read the way you want it.
That researcher was probably forumla fed!