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#251 Melidia

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

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Tamm also said that midwives, who work for the government, are pushing the ABA agenda and not that of their government.... I was merely saying that acutally and at least in my hospital, they push BF very much and so the midwives to that respect ARE actually following government guidelines, not the ABA.


I guess it depends on whether or not you go by the ABA's literature, or by the experiences that women actually have with the counsellors, because there seems to be a difference between the two, as has been discussed in this thread.  

The experience of many women with the ABA is that they push the 'breast FEED at any cost' line.  This is in line with the experience that many women have in so-called 'baby friendly' hospitals.  I believe this is what Tamm was referring to.  The government does not have a position on EBM and mixed feeding or comp feeding, yet the midwives in these hospitals are either not giving mums information about those methods of feeding, or they are making mums feel bad for wanting to explore any alternative to straight, constant breast feeding. This is not what the Government literature promotes.  

I agree that women should be encouraged to do whatever works for them in their own particular circumstances.  Unfortunately this simply is not happening, as evidenced by the many negative experiences outlined in this thread alone.




#252 lucky 2

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

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Sorry the BFHI doesn't in my view respect or encourage FF at all.

The BFHI 10 Steps is about hospitals trying to not interfere with you or your baby during the establishment of breast feeding/lactation, it's not about formula feeding.
The BFHI is governed by the Australian College of Midwives, it was developed jointly by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF in 1991.
The ABA isn't involved with BFHI.

What is the connection btn BFHI and PND?
I've never read any literature about BFHI and PND, do you have something I could look at regarding this?
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What annoys me greatly is that GOVERNMENT employees, such as Midwifes are pushing heavily teh ABA aims, not the government they are working for aims, to the degree that they now do.

MW's are employed in many settings (just like RN's), govt (local, state, fed), in hospitals, in the community and privately.
Considering most MW's are also RN's, are MW's somehow more prone to practising in a more unethical or unprofessional manner than any other RN?
Any infant feeding policy would follow various govt guidelines (ie the NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines) and research findings etc.
The ABA is not involved with the governance of the BFHI or the formulation of individual Hospital Policies and procedure.




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