Hospital Denies Mom Food Because She Isn't Breastfeeding

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baby bottleIf you thought you've seen it all in the never-ending battle of breastfeeding versus formula feeding, I'd like to present to you the mother who was denied free hospital food because she wasn't nursing. A mother of three accompanied her 5-month-old baby to the pediatric ward, where he was admitted for a lung infection, and when the staff was made aware that she wasn't breastfeeding, they informed her that she could have some toast in the morning, but beyond that, she'd have to pay for any food she wanted -- which isn't the case for mothers who nurse. "Because you're not breastfeeding, you won't get meals here," the mom who wishes to remain nameless said she was told. And the thing that bothered her the most, more than the ridiculous policy, was the fact that she had to leave her recovering infant son alone to go get herself some food.

"For me to go and get some decent food, I have to leave my child," she said. "I understand they are busy but that's why I think there's more reason to feed us so we don't have to leave our children." She recalled a particularly upsetting instance when she left her child and she returned to find him screaming. "It's not so easy on a mom who cares about her children to go and get herself some nutrition when you come back to an anxious, upset baby," she said.

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And adding insult to injury is the fact that this particular mom wanted to nurse. Quite badly, actually, but it just didn't work out, due to severe food allergies and reflux. Bottle-feeding with prescription formula was the option that made the most sense for her family.

If this is this particular hospital's attempt at increasing breastfeeding, boy have they missed the mark. Denying the mother of a sick child food because she's using formula is almost too insane to even wrap my head around. This woman is being punished because breastfeeding didn't work out for her -- by a hospital. Aren't hospitals supposed to be places mothers feel comfortable and not "less than"? Mothers who formula feed their kids -- because something went wrong, or because they simply didn't feel like nursing -- get enough crap for other women already. (And, yes, I breastfed in case you're wondering.)

This needs to stop. Yes, there have been countless studies, touting the benefits of breastfeeding, but not everyone is going to do it. Let's all just deal with that fact and move on. A hospital forcing a mother to leave her sick child because she bottle-feeds is not the way to get more moms to nurse. In fact, it only fuels the fire of this never-ending battle.

What do you think of this?


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jrphelps jrphelps

I am guessing the hospital is providing the very expensive prescription only formula for her baby??  I mean no other hospital guests are allowed to eat the hospital food free of charge when they are visiting other guests.  So they can justify feeding a breastfeeding mother because she is in turn providing the food for her child.  I can see the hospital's view point in not providing her with free food.

KRaker07 KRaker07

Agreed with previous poster. I'm sure this was taken out of context.

Anise_12 Anise_12

My child was in the hospital and I had to leave to get food too.  I'm wondering why these hospitals are implementing these practices.  I was expected to pay $25 per day for parking and then find food that didn't cost an arm and a leg while I was in the hospital with my daughter for over a week.  With what we got charged you would think they would include it considering I had no choice but to be there with my child.  Just crazy!

lulou lulou

But she has plenty of time to complain to the press.

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

Ummm. When my son was in the hospital after I had stopped nursing (he was 13 months) I had free food brought to me...

nonmember avatar FarmersWifef

The free food for nursing moms is just a nice incentive to nurse or at least try. And for it to be for nursing moms, it can not include formula feeding moms. Pretty simple.

amazz... amazzonia

She wasn't the patient so it's normal, when I read the title I though it was after delivery! When I brought my 2 months old to the hospital for a high fever, she was there for 3 days and they asked me

If I was nursing or formula feeding, since I was nursing they were feeding me so I could feed the baby, if I was formula feeding they would give me the formula for the baby... Because she was the patient... Why should they give her food??? There is a cafeteria for that! If they gave her food they should've give her husband too... Doesn't make sense

Homeb... HomebirthFTW

I was told as a lactating mother, I would be offered my meals for free because they weren't providing costly formula to my son. This is pretty standard in most hospitals.

adamat34 adamat34

When my son almost died andwas in the hospital I didnt get free food. This is ridiculous. Hospitals are supposed to be compassionate, but they are also a buisness. Stop whining and thank God your baby is ok. Some parents leave without their children. Count your blessings.

jrphelps jrphelps

Yes, the headline is deceiving as with most headlines on this site.  They want to get that shock value & get you all riled up before you even read it, then you start reading yourself & you think, "Oh, well this makes total sense!"

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