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oh for crying out loud!!!! Rss

Don't ever come and give birth in our local hospital! Today I got handed the so called 'baby friendly' hospital policy with a verbal warning about not having bottles, formula or dummies in the hospital and encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed.

This is because when a desperate, upset mother with sore boobs asked if she could alternate her babies feeds with formula I told her that it was her choice and that is what I did to have a break.

I CANNOT BELIEVE that a hospital could FORCE mothers that are breastfeeding to not use bottles or formula. There are NO supplies in the hospital and dummies are absolutely banned to avoid 'nipple confusion'. WHAT A CROCK!

I'm getting so angry over it... they gave me a hard time in the hossie when I was there and I just about gave up breastfeeding entirely because of the pressure they put on you. At that time they still stocked bottles and formula and would give it to me if I insisted. Now they flatly refuse.

Mothers who CHOOSE to bottlefeed their babies are treated like failures, like they are not a mother. I can't stand it and I can't work in that environment. While they're in the hossie they have to get family to go out and buy formula just to feed their babies.

Are we going back to the dark ages where people are not allowed to CHOOSE for their own children? OMG it's rediculous!

Ok, rant over. I will try and shup up now. If you choose to cross me on this one I will rip your damn head off.
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That doesn't sound very good at all.

I choose to bottle feed DS from birth and was shown where I could get bottles from (SCN, they don't stock them on the ward) and was given a 2L bottle of cool boiled water to make them up with. After that I was left alone until the Dr came and checked DS and I out and let us go home.

I think if he had been my 1st I would have had a bit more input from the nurses/midwives lol.
That is pretty bad!

I booked into hospital this week and the lady asked if I'd be breastfeeding, I said very hesitantly I'd give it a go but am leaning toward bottle feeding she was fine and polite about it said it was my choice and that's fine, she spoke briefly on it asking if there is any reason (complications with last time or just don't want to) asked if I wanted pamphlets on breast feeding to have a read of and was fine when I declined. All she said was that I should bring in formula- to which she asked which one I'd be using and if I needed any information on it.

Needless to say I was extremely relieved with her reaction! Pitty all hospitals/midwives can't have the same approach as this lovely lady!


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Your in SA right?? Which hospital was it??...

When i had my DD, the hospital did say they encorage BF only, but if u want to bottle feed then u MUST bring your own bottles and formula, they will NOT supply anything at all... And the thing is, I tried and tried and tried again to BF my DD, but the nurses were just ridiculous, they were hopeless at helping out, yet they want u to BF... Then, on day 3 they forced me out of the hospital even thought 10 minutes before i had a nurse telling me she was concerned about all the damage my dd had done to my nipples....

3 days later i had to stop BFing due to the damage and had no other choice but formula..

then the home nurse that was coming around at the time had the nerve to ask if she could take photos of my nipples to use for educational purposes as she had never seen so much damage done... (DD had tongue tie)..

Im appauled by the public hospital system in adelaide, i hope i have a better experience this time round..

Oh.. and as for dummies, i told the hospital i'd prefer DD NOT to have a dummy, then they gave her one anyway.. how's that for mother's choice...
It's absolutely ridiculous!!! What ever happened to support?? Who is going to feel like breastfeeding when you have so much pressure on yourself to do it.

You know our kitchen at the hospital would NOT provide boarder meals for the mums if they werent breastfeeding. I kicked up a huge fuss, made sure they knew it was discrimination and my boss has now made sure we dont tell them who is bf anf who is ff
yes this is in SA. Country hospital - the only hospital here so mothers have no choice in which hospital either.

Denae that is just horrible!!!! And yep, I think the whole system is discriminating actually.

I'm all for the benefits of breastfeeding, I fed dd till she was 13 months. The problem I have is that people's choices are completely disrespected, and it puts people off trying to begin with. There is no support, no encouragement - just pressure pressure pressure!

ARGH!




Huggies error!
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when i had my son i had him in a biggish country hospital but was transfered the next day. at the first hospital i was left for 4 hours after the birth before anyone could help/show me to bf. when i got to my loca hospital they were fantastic, i had attachment issues beause i have inverted/flat nipples the midwives were great even used top up with bottles and formula they provided and even rang my DH to tell him to buy a nipple shield i could not compliment them enough, yes they were BF is best but they would try other options you werent forced into anything

DS 11/01/08 DD 20/12/2009

You'd think they wouldn't be allowed to do that! I had a great stay in hospital until my last night, it was the first night Emilie was out of the SCN so in with me and I fed her and got her to sleep, then the baby next to me woke her up so the midwife came in and took him out so his mum could get some sleep and I had to settle Emilie then when I finally got her down I couldn't sleep cause the other woman was snoring. Then the midwife brought the little boy back in cause he was hungry and it woke Em again, I know, all can't be helped but she was so nice and so helpful to the lady next to me and didn't talk to me at all. She sat in there with her for almost an hour trying to help her breastfeed and when I called her and asked her for help on my right side cause it was painful she just said 'well show me what you do', stood there for a minute then left.

And when I finally had Emilie sleeping again she was holding the little boy who was screaming his head off (his mum was in the loo) and gave me a lecture on not wrapping Emilie and started trying to wrap her after I told her obviously she's fine as she's sleeping. And when asking me about feeding her and I said I'd expressed she thought I said formula somehow and gave me a dirty look and asked why I had to do that and that was not long after she didn't help me at all.

Sorry.. Not much to do with what you said but that's been bugging me! Feels better to vent!

times3 - My dd was born the same. She was tiny, starving and my milk didn't come in for 4 days. They were disgusted that I'd want to give her formula.

yesterday there was a baby screaming for hours on end, wouldn't stop. The midwives eventually rang a neonate specialist to ask his opinion on whether something was wrong with the baby. The first thing he asked was "has the baby been FED?" To which there was a, er, no the milk hasn't come in yet.

So.... gleefully he was fed 70mls of formula. To which the poor child flaked out on and actually snored for 3 hours.

It is not a 'baby friendly' policy at all. It is starvation, and aggrivation of parents.
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Posted by: Chalys

yesterday there was a baby screaming for hours on end, wouldn't stop. The midwives eventually rang a neonate specialist to ask his opinion on whether something was wrong with the baby. The first thing he asked was "has the baby been FED?" To which there was a, er, no the milk hasn't come in yet.

So.... gleefully he was fed 70mls of formula. To which the poor child flaked out on and actually snored for 3 hours.



That is just disgraceful, I am quite shocked. I could imagine first time mums actually being put off breastfeeding because of this.
Posted by: times3
Posted by: Chalys

yesterday there was a baby screaming for hours on end, wouldn't stop. The midwives eventually rang a neonate specialist to ask his opinion on whether something was wrong with the baby. The first thing he asked was "has the baby been FED?" To which there was a, er, no the milk hasn't come in yet.

So.... gleefully he was fed 70mls of formula. To which the poor child flaked out on and actually snored for 3 hours.



That is just disgraceful, I am quite shocked. I could imagine first time mums actually being put off breastfeeding because of this.


This is what happened with my son when he was born.. Day 4 we got admitted back to hospital because of his servere weight loss due to being told NOT TO SUPLIMENT!! Our first night at home qwas just horrible. Screaming baby trying to suck me and there was NOTHING there!!!!

He acted the same when he finally got some formular in him. His eyes rolled around in his head then he just passed out for hours!!

THIS time im in controll and i have just started expressing as of yesterday to TRY get some milk in BEFORE baby comes... ITs upsets me cause i cry alot that i ahve trubble getting milk.. My son ended up being bottle fead after 2.5 weeks of trying nad getting nothing...
I dont want to not try this time although i know my chances are slim... But as my DF says atleast i am trying and that i should not be ashamed if it once again does not work...

but i can just feel it now. Everytime i say i cant breastfeed i get laughed at like im some stupid mother who talks shit!!!

God damn i want to feed my babies so bad!!! How dare they make us feel inferrior! And not just us mothers who really cant!! But even the ones who choose not to... Sometimes its just not for some mothers and thats fine but i do get upset sometimes when they can do it and i cant.. But i would never get angry at someone for making there own choice...

Ah anyway i could go on and on.... but it is just soooo sad!!! I have all my formular and bottles and dummies packed ready to go!! Im doing it MY way this time and i wont be listening to ANY advice unless i ask for it...
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