Should hospitals ban formula?

Aug 21, 2012


Marissa, a stay-at-home mom and blogger (aka, The Practical Mommy), has a definite opinion on the subject — as you would expect.

In her blog, "The bans on free formula," Marissa details the trials and tribulations of trying to breastfeed her second child, then obtaining formula at the hospital.

"I had every intention of breastfeeding both of my babies. After my son was born, I knew that I was going to have some trouble," she wrote. "After my daughter was born, I knew I was in trouble. My son was able to breastfeed just fine with just a few little problems in the beginning, only because I was new at it. My daughter, on the other hand, came three weeks early — and due to complications, we were not able to breastfeed.

She continues: "I kept trying, and trying, and trying. My daughter never latched on, and I was exhausted and miserable. Alone, with a crying baby in my room, I decided to pump what I was making and give it to her via bottle. Using the hand pump given to me by the hospital, I pumped as much as I could for my daughter every 2-3 hours, and gave it to her in a bottle, which she readily accepted."

To read more from her "Mommy Knows Best" blog site, click here.


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