Some Hospitals Now Offer Breastfeeding Gift Bags

Cynthia Dermody
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My thoughts have been with Cafe MicheleZ, who just had twins two days ago! I wonder how she's doing ... probably wonderful and crazy and sleepless all at the same time.

It's called me back to my own hospital stays, all the flowers and gifts, and how wonderful it was to finally go home with my babies. The nurses told me I couldn't keep the receiving blanket (though I hid it in my bag anyway) but sent me out the door with a gift bag that included some creams and formula samples.

I breastfed my babies the first months, so I didn't have a use for the formula. When you think of it, it is kind of odd. Doctors and health experts always recommend breastfeeding, yet they send you home with formula. That's great for the moms who plan to use formula. It's so expensive and every little bit helps.

I recently read that more hospitals are offering a gift bag that promotes breastfeeding. It includes things like nursing ointment, nursing pads, breast milk storage bags, herbal tea than promotes lactation, and nursing bras.

I think this is such a great idea ... maybe new moms could be given a choice of what bag they want depending on the feeding option they've chosen?

In fairness, I did get some lanolin cream along with those formula samples in my gift bag. I found it also worked great on my chapped lips!

Did you use any of the stuff included in your hospital's gift bag? Did you feel it was pushing you to make a choice one way or the other?


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