This month's edition of Baby Talk Magazine has a small article called "Nurse Mom" on page 20. It reads that "America's hospitals aren't doing enough to promote breastfeeding. That's the crux of a new paper published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Maternity facilities nationwide were graded on their support of breastfeeding practices. Out of a possible score of 100, the average hospital scored a 63. In fact, 70 percent of facilities hand out infant formula packets to breastfeeding moms."
When we had our first daughter, the "lactation consultant" only spent five minutes with me. She said my daughter was "tight mouthed" and did not know how to suck properly and therefor we should give her formula!!! My husband and I about died. But we had another Lactation Consultant at Scottish Rite, in Atlanta, who was a God sent!
With both daughters we were sent home with loads of free formula, which we did ask for. But we only wanted it incase of an emergency. I am a very strong willed (maybe even stubborn) person. So I was convinced I was not going to give up breastfeeding at any cost or reason. But I can see how some moms would give up and go the "easy route" and do formula. Support and education is the best key!
It is about time our hospitals step up and really promote breastfeeding......I do hope our first "lactation consultant" (I use that term very lightly) got some education of her own or found a new job!!!!!!!!
How about you? What do you think about this study?