Ideology Above Service To The Public…

Bosses said the decision to axe their bottled milk provisions from November will help boost breast-feeding rates. It will also save up to £24,000 a year.

Mums who don’t want to breastfeed, or have a problem doing so, will be told to bring in enough ready-made formula milk to last their full hospital stay, as the sterilising equipment and preparation facilities will also be axed.

All to save £24,000? That won’t pat for a new yak-hair carpet for the CEO’s office!

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “In the big scheme of things £24,000 is absolutely nothing. By all means encouurage women to breastfeed but it’s ridiculous to dictate to people how they feed their babies. It’s the hospitals’ job to ensure the child is properly fed until they leave the ward. That’s their responsibility.”

Well, it’s their job to ensure elderly patients are fed too and look how well they manage that. At least ideology isn’t driving that.

Or is it?

Mum-of-two Kath Gibbons, who runs yoga classes for pregant mums in Pendle and Burnley, said: “This does surprise me slightly because there might be an issue for mums who aren’t able to breastfeed for whatever reason.

“In an ideal world every woman would breastfeed but things don’t always work out like that.”

Yes, but the people in charge don’t care that this isn’t an ideal world – they plan to make it one. And you can’t make an omelet, right..?

Vanessa Hollings, divisional general manager for family care at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Like all other hospitals, we support the initiation of breastfeeding with all new babies.

“However, like many other hospital trusts, we will now be unable to provide formula milk and mothers will need to ensure they bring in their own provision.

“Research shows breast milk protects babies against stomach bugs, chest infections, asthma and eczema and we are committed to enhancing the feeding experience and the closeness felt between a mum and her baby.”

Yup, ‘enhancing the feeding experience’ by telling you ‘Do it our way – or else!’.

6 comments for “Ideology Above Service To The Public…

  1. October 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm


    A few years ago I read about a young mothers’ social club in England. One mother, feeling a bit lonely at home, went with her newborn to make new friends.

    There was one problem. She was the only one who did not breastfeed because she couldn’t (for whatever reason). When the other mothers saw her with a bottle, they all had a go at her to such an extent that she burst into tears.

    Not caring at all, they told her to leave: ‘All of us breastfeed. So would you if you loved your baby’.

    • October 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Ahhhh, the nurturing, empathetic, conflict-resolving ladies again. But wait…. no mention of them slapping her? They must have been high on oxytocin.

      • October 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        They threw her out before she could compose herself.

        Angry outbursts from a faux-outraged mob can hurt every bit as much a slap. Poor woman.

        Which brings us back to Julia’s post: the ‘my way or the highway’ attitude towards breastfeeding. Truly awful.

      • October 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

        Women in large groups are frightening things. Like a pride of lionesses, only with less humanity!

  2. Woman on a Raft
    October 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

    An utterly ridiculous decision which will fail at the first challenge if the hospital lawyers are not already screaming.

    The fact is that not all women will be able to breast feed. The dead ones – and we do still have them – for a start, and several who have to be on medication which would create a possible risk to the baby. (Lawsuits years down the line). However, we do not always know which ones these are until the crucial time. Does this Trust have an infallible crystal ball in which it can see which patients will require massive unpredictable intervention which precludes anything afterwards except laying still and staying alive?

    The logical upshot, then, is that all women have to bring in formula milk of an unspecified quantity because actually, nobody really knows what is going to happen. And if they have brought in formula milk they are MORE likely to use it rather than waste it. The decision in fact makes it more likely that women will bottle feed than breast feed.

    It makes me wonder about the educational levels of some people who think they are competent adults. Two minutes mature thought shows that a maternity ward has to have formula milk available, it just cannot avoid it any more than it can avoid having some nappies and antibacterial handwash.

    Oh, wait…

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