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    Should a mother who decides to use formula have to get a lecture on breast feeding every time she feeds her baby in the hospital?

    The nanny state is going after moms.

    Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

    Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use ? the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

    Under the city Health Department?s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city?s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

    While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture.

    ?If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,? said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. ?It?s for me to choose.?

    Under Latch On NYC, new mothers who want formula won?t be denied it, but hospitals will keep infant formula in out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications.

    With each bottle a mother requests and receives, she?ll also get a talking-to. Staffers will explain why she should offer the breast instead.


    ?It?s the patient?s choice,? said Allison Walsh, of Beth Israel Medical Center. ?But it?s our job to educate them on the best option.?

    Lisa Paladino, of Staten Island University Hospital, said: ?The key to getting more moms to breast-feed is making the formula less accessible. This way, the RN has to sign out the formula like any other medication. The nurse?s aide can?t just go grab another bottle.?

    Some of the hospitals already operate under the formula lockdown.

    ?New York City is definitely ahead of the curve,? said Eileen DiFrisco, of NYU Langone Medical Center, where the breast-feeding rate has surged from 39 to 68 percent under the program.

    Breast-feeding in the first weeks gives a baby a critical healthy start, many medical experts say. It helps the digestive system develop and protects the baby with the mother?s immunities. Nursing also helps the mother recover from childbirth.

    But not everyone is convinced.

    ?They make formula for a reason, and the FDA makes sure it?s safe,? said Roxanne Schmidt, whose 14-month-old twins were fed with formula from birth. ?Locking it up is just wrong.?
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    Can i get clarification first...because I never formula fed. What is the alternative, or how does it normally work? Do you typically have unlimited access that you can go get it yourself? Or was it that they just gave you an unlimited supply in your room? Just trying to gain some perspective here.

    I will say that a lecture with each bottle of formula seems excessive.

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    You know, there was a time when formula was pushed on new mothers. The nurses actively encouraged it, and they certainly sent me home with a ridiculous amount of free samples. But now heading in the other direction is ridiculous. Educate and then leave people alone. Make a pamphlet or whatever that covers BOTH and then shut up and let women choose what works for them. The pressure to nurse or not to nurse is just outrageous in my book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    You know, there was a time when formula was pushed on new mothers. The nurses actively encouraged it, and they certainly sent me home with a ridiculous amount of free samples. But now heading in the other direction is ridiculous. Educate and then leave people alone. Make a pamphlet or whatever that covers BOTH and then shut up and let women choose what works for them. The pressure to nurse or not to nurse is just outrageous in my book.
    This. I wanted to breastfeed but another woman in our military hospital who was due at the same time didn't. She got constant lectures and it just pissed her off. Even though I did get the similac samples, they had a breastfeeding option which included storage bottles, a changing container, and the milk holder with the freezer thing on top of the container of formula. Fantastic. I didn't ask what she received as a formula feeding mother.

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    I breast fed all mine for the first few months and after that did a combination of breast/formula so I'm not sure how it works in the hospital, but even though I breast fed I got a free diaper bag with formula samples and coupons. I think its silly to not allow anyone to have those. No one is forcing you to use formula, and when I did eventually switch to formula those coupons where nice to have. If someone is choosing to use formula why should they not be allowed to get the free samples and have to hear a lecture every time?
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    Not everyone can breast feed. I know someone from college that was on medicine for seizures. Her baby was much better off on formula than if she had breast fed. My youngest was born 2 months early. Our primary concern was her learning to eat anything so she could get off a feeding tube. If someone chooses to formula feed, they probably have a good reason. Talking to the mother one time instead of badgering them is sufficient.

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    Oh i am definitely fine with them not giving out the formula promotions at the hospital. I think the formula companies should find a different venue to team up with to try to advertise their products (AKA get consumers to buy them).

    But the locking formula down and lecturing thing...thats just too much.

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    None of my children had formula, I am a major breastfeeding advocate, but I think this is over the top.
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    I think this is a bad move only on the lectures. I'm fine with a 1 time statement and I'm absolutely cool with the swag bags going away (which hospitals never provided on their own..formula companies would send to be distributed). This just reeks of anti choice/need for women and I hate it.

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    Yeah, this seems pretty over the top. I agree with Kim, I would like to hear more about how they dole it out in the hospital normally, but the whole lecturing with every bottle thing seems beyond obnoxious.

    I will say that I don't actually think it's a great thing to send formula home with new moms in the swag bags. I had a terrible time nursing T when he was a newborn, and knowing that I could just walk over to the table and dig out a bottle of formula didn't help me stay motivated. It's like having chips in the pantry when you're trying to diet. Sure, people can say "Just don't eat them" but sometimes the temptation is hard to refuse. I'm not saying they need to be outlawed or anything, but I still don't think their a good thing, and I won't be taking one home this time around.
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