Hospital trust under fire for describing use of milk formula as artificial

first_imgSo when did it start to be ‘artificial feeding’? I really can’t believe this wasn’t proofread before going out. @DrRanj @keirshiels @WorcsAcuteNHS— Kathryn Booth (@privateuni) March 28, 2018 “We recognise that some new mums may not want to breastfeed and that some new babies may need to have their feeds supplemented, which we fully support,” she said.”We take the views of our mums and families very seriously, and will consider carefully all of the feedback on the wording of our information.”Research has found that breastfed babies have fewer health problems, such as chest infections, and are less likely to develop health problems such as diabetes, or become obese as they get older.  The information sheet was shared on Twitter by Kathryn Booth, who said the description made her feel “sad, angry, guilty”.”Artificial can mean fake /not genuine and bad. I just think it’s the wrong choice of words,” she wrote. Another mother, Alis Roberts, replied saying the wording had made her “sick to the stomach”. “My baby couldn’t breastfeed – I know that formula is ‘artificial’ but these things need to be more carefully worded when the whole baby feeding issue is so emotionally charged. Can’t imagine how I’d felt if I’d read this in hospital.” A hospital trust has caused outrage after it described using formula milk as “artificially” feeding babies.Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust used the term as it announced it would no longer provide formula milk in its maternity wards to mothers who had chosen not to breastfeed.One of the headings in a Q&A fact sheet read: “What do I need to bring with me if I wish to artificially feed my baby?”. It said that from May 1, mothers who had decided not to breastfeed should bring a first milk starter pack to hospital for when they gave birth.If there was a medical reason for giving formula milk, “this will be discussed with you and given if necessary”. “No matter how many HCA helped, cajoled, held, intervened, we just couldn’t get my son to latch. I felt I’d failed him on his first hurdle and took a while to get over. I was devastated.”However, one mother defended the use of the word, saying “essentially it is!”.”I’ve fed four children, two artificially and two breast fed, so I’m not one of the ‘breast is best’ police, but you can’t change the facts formula is not nature’s way.”A spokeswoman for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust told the BBC its decision not to routinely provide formula milk to mothers who chose not to breastfeed was part of its commitment to promote breastfeeding. Britain has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in Europe and currently only one third of children are breastfed at six months, and just one per cent only receive breast-milk by this stage.  Hi Kathryn, thanks for getting in touch. We take the views of our mums and families very seriously, and will consider carefully all of the feedback on the wording of our information.— Worcestershire Acute (@WorcsAcuteNHS) March 28, 2018 Vicky Melville tweeted that the note “would have pushed me over the edge”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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