Mothers who choose to formula-feed need support

WOMEN who choose to formula-feed their babies do not feel they are adequately supported, a small study shows.

Researchers from Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) School of Nursing found the needs of mothers who did not want to breastfeed were not being met.

A total of seven women were interviewed four weeks after giving birth.

The need not to feel pressured, equity with breastfeeding mothers, self-sufficiency, education on bottle feeding properly and support to formula-feed were all identified by the women.

In keeping with the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives, the care and education of women who choose to formula-feed should be of the highest standard possible, even if not the preferred choice of the health professional, the researchers concluded.

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