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.
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!’.