Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Bottle feeding is a woman's right, midwives told



If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told.

 
The Royal College of Midwives' new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle feed using formula milk.


Although breast is best, often some women struggle to start or sustain breastfeeding, says the RCM.


Informed choice must be promoted.


The National Childbirth Trust says women can experience unacceptable levels of pressure however they feed their babies - from family and friends, as well as from people they hardly know.
Mothers who breastfeed their babies often feel pressurised and constrained about whether, where, how often, and how long they breastfeed. Similarly, mothers who use formula milk often feel judged or guilty too, particularly - but not only - if they planned to breastfeed.



BBC      News.