Corrie - posted on 05/01/2011 ( 226 moms have responded )
This is just something thats been going through my head.
I want a healthy, not offensive response.
I understand a lot of women STRUGGLE with breastfeeding.
I know for a FACT a few...and i mean, a small few, CANNOT breastfeed.
But for the general public, it seems to me, there is a choice.
And i don't think there should be.
I'm of the opinion that formula milk should only be available via the NHS, prescription or by doctor/midwife's decree.
The option NOT to feed your child in the most natural, positive, beneficial way is just ridiculous.
I really would like to know what you think.
I understand, very much so, that free will and choice are a maor part of the worlds mantra, but in this case, there are no health benefits what so ever to forumla feeding that Breastfeeding does not give in triple amounts.
Formula: It costs more money. It takes more effort (sterilising, making bottles, feeding when out). It wastes time. It causes physical problems in babies and mothers. It prevents boosting immunities, minimalises post natal bonding, reduces sleep and routine.
No point in listing and mentioning the benefits of breastfeeding in numerous amounts on mother and baby.... Any mother SHOULD be aware of them. It's a failing on the system if they don't, regardless of the mothers choice.