Are the freebies you are given in hospital when your baby is born sabotaging breastfeeding?
So, what are usually contained in these goodie bags?
- Free diapers
- Free samples of baby wash
- Formula samples and/or coupons
- Coupons for other baby products
Some say the formula coupons and samples are sabotaging breastfeeding. I’m not so sure.
I could argue that giving free diapers is also sabotaging cloth diapering. Is it?
As new mothers we do have the right to choose. We also have the obligation to educate ourselves about breastfeeding.
Personally I was given a lot of formula coupons – in France formula feeding is the norm. Did these coupons ever entice me? No. Did I keep them? No.
Did I read about breastfeeding? Yes.
Even in France where the number of women breastfeeding past 3months is the lowest in Europe (in spite of having the highest birthrate) there were free classes provided by midwives on breastfeeding leading up to the birth.
We have access to information. A lot of information.