It should only be available on prescription in a bid to encourage breastfeeding, says Dr. Jennifer James
Whether you think ‘breast is best’ or formula feeding is better for you is a personal decision. However, Australian doctor Jennifer James believes that mums shouldn’t have the choice and wants baby formula banned from supermarkets, reports ABC News.
The doctor has caused outrage amongst mums after stating that by making baby formula being available on prescription only, it will encourage mums who are having problems breastfeeding to seek professional help.
“Artificial formulas have to meet food safety standards, but they are at best basic nutrition. They don’t provide anywhere near what a mother’s own breast milk can provide,” Dr. Jennifer James has said.
However, despite the angry backlash at her comments, Dr Jennifer believes that having baby formula on prescription only would benefit mums rather than judge their decision. “The woman can go through her breastfeeding problems and set up a plan of action to help her achieve her goal or successfully breastfeeding her baby,” says the pro-breastfeeding doctor.
Do you think Dr Jennifer James’ comments are out of line or do you agree? Let us know below!
I agree Karel, I tried to breastfeed my daughter after she was born and there was a whole day when she didn't feed and I had midwives visiting all day. So I gave had to give her formula.
We didn't realise that having been born by ventouse that her head hurt to breastfeed so formula was the only option. I was lucky that after a couple of weeks she could breastfeed and I had been expressing but without formula we would have struggled.
I know of other mums who couldn't breastfeed for many reasons so people should be allowed the choice and not be judged by petty doctors!
KAtrina - before I say any more I will tell you that I have 4 children, the first one I breastfed for 8 months, stopping when I was already pregnant with the second, the second one, I breastfed fed for 13 months, stopping when I was 2 months pregnant as I wanted the unborn baby on both occasions to get the nutrition, the third one I breastfed for 2 years and 3 months (that should please you) and the fourth one I breastfed for 10 months.
Now, when I stopped breastfeeding, especially the first one at 8 months, would you not agree that she should have had formula, as she was young, and I wanted the unborn baby to get all the goodness from my body, so she had to be taken off?
What about the babies whose mother dies during or shorthly after childbirth? Should they be left to die of starvation as other mammals in the wild are? I really don't think so!
And do you actually have any children yourself? Did you breastfeed them? For how long? I hope you breastfed for over 2 years, for each child, other wise go and breed more, give birth without pain relief (as a MAMMAL in the wild would do) get no stitches or aftercare, in fact, have your baby in a field, since you're in touch with nature.
All the best.
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