‘Artificial baby feeding’ note criticised

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The hospital trust has been criticised intended for describing mothers who use method milk as “artificially” feeding infants.

Worcestershire Severe Hospitals NHS Trust made the particular comment in a letter that said it could no longer provide formula milk in the maternity units to mothers that had decided not to breastfeed.

One woman who stated she had been unable to breastfeed stated the letter’s wording made the girl “sick to the stomach”.

The trust said it would “consider carefully” feedback it had obtained.

‘I felt ashamed’

Beneath the heading “What do I need to bring beside me if I wish to artificially feed the baby? “, the trust’s notice said from 1 May pregnant women who planned not to breastfeed would need to bring a first milk starter group with them to hospital for if they gave birth.

This added that if there was a healthcare reason for giving formula milk, “this will be discussed with you and provided if necessary”.

The note was shared upon Twitter by Kathryn Booth, who else criticised its language and stated mothers needed “support and understanding”.

Sharing her own encounter, she said: “My daughter and am just couldn’t somehow manage this either, and after days of being manhandled and just feeling awful and hardly any milk, I have [given] her a bottle as well as the immediate difference [is] amazing. But at every turn in medical center, I felt ashamed. ”

Other Twitter users furthermore responded to the letter including Alis Roberts who said it produced her “feel sick to the belly. ”

However , Kerry Collins said she did not view a problem with the term “artificial”.

A spokeswoman for Worcestershire Severe Hospitals NHS Trust said the decision not to routinely provide method milk to mothers who decided to go with not to breastfeed was part of the commitment to promote breastfeeding, in line with the Unicef Child Friendly Initiative .

“We recognise that a few new mums may not want to breastfeed and that some new babies might need to have their feeds supplemented, which we all fully support, ” she mentioned.

“We take the sights of our mums and families quite seriously, and will consider carefully all the feedback on the wording of our details. ”

Breastfeeding amounts in the UK have consistently been discovered to rank among the lowest on the planet.

In 2016 research found they were the lowest in the world , with just one in 200 moms doing any breastfeeding after a calendar year, compared with

  • 23% within Germany
  • 56% in Brazil
  • 99% in Senegal

Breastfeeding is useful for the health of the baby and lowers the chance of breast and ovarian cancer within mothers.

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