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Formula Vs Breastfeeding Debate in Carroll County

See how readers reacted to news that the Carroll Hospital Center might do away with formula samples in gift bags for new moms.

Last week, we reported that the Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster was mulling doing away with for new mothers being discharged.

The hospital’s discussion spurred debate among our readers, ranging from women imploring the hospital to make breast pumps more available, to others who said “breastfeeding is being shoved done women’s throats.”

Tell us in comments: Should hospitals include formula samples in gift bags for new mothers, or does that practice discourage breastfeeding?

Alissa Schaub-Rimel: I breastfed and formula fed and see the benefits of breastfeeding. Having said that, I'm real tired of breastfeeding being shoved down women's throats. Anyone who doesn't want the formula can decline it. 

Megan Wells Bassett  I wish hospitals would loan out inexpensive breast pumps instead, but there isn't any profit in that for the hospital or formula companies ... the only ones that would profit are mamas and babies.

Mary Jo Custance Having it there for moms that need it is a good idea. Maybe make it something a mother can ask for.

Kelly Haden Farrington The samples are wasted on parents who are breastfeeding anyway, but there are plenty of parents who could use them. They are so helpful for new parents who formula feed, it's nice to have those small sample bottles for newborns. 

Those little bottles come in handy in the middle of the night when your milk hasn't come in yet and you have to feed your baby!!

After 6 weeks of colic and tons of pressure from EVERYONE about breastfeeding, we found out that our infant was allergic to breastmilk! Thankfully we made the decision to use some of the free formula and had a happy baby in less than 2 days! Not typical I know, but had the pressure been a little less maybe we would have done it sooner. 

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Jason Stambaugh July 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Demonizing formula isn't the way to promote breastfeeding...
I. DeFeo July 30, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Both options should be available, and we need to stop making moms feel guilty for what they choose. Although I breastfed most of the time, there were times when I had to turn to formula. I'm glad I had that option when I needed it. I have known plenty of women who simply had to formula feed simply because various health reasons, and people still made them feel gulity Shame on those who continue to make women feel guilty no matter what they do!.
Daniel July 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Sounds complicated and unique per individual. I heard breast is always the best, what do I know I'm a guy. My heart goes out to each woman and her specific decisions. I do thank God He made me a man.
Susan Taylor July 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Include a fact sheet with the latest science on the topic, pros and cons of both, and let the parents use the information to decide what is best for them and their child.
Teri Mullican July 30, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I think that the hospital should at least offer the formula and let it be an individual choice. When my granddaughter was born she was discharged before her mother, due to illness. She couldn't breast feed or even see the baby for 4 days. We didn't know(prior to birth) what formula was appropriate or that we would even need it!. Those bottles were a godsend! It gave us time get to the store and stock up.
ruth August 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Women should not feel guilty about their choice. Why do some women rent space in their heads to the people who try to put pressure on them about breastfeeding?

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