It’s being called a “breastfeeding contract”. And you have to sign it before you push.
When you are pregnant you are bombarded with opinions from every man and their dog. Sometimes, quite literally, as when I was pregnant one woman told me I should let my child sleep next to me because her dog slept in her room and always slept soundly so surely that would be the case for the baby too.
For any parent, whether you’re having your first child or your 19th, you have major decisions to make about the birth and future upbringing of your child (although, I do feel Mrs Duggar would be less inclined to stress about such issues).
But never before has anyone actually made you sign a document to outline those intentions.
Not only is it a document to outline your parenting intentions, it is a document that outlines whether you plan to breastfeed or not.
If you plan to give birth within The Fraser Health group you are given a “Prenatal Decision making tool”. A 2-page document that firstly outlines the associated risks with formula and the benefits of breastfeeding. The second page then gives you three options “breastfeeding”, “mixed feeding” and “infant formula feeding” and has points about the benefits/risks of each.
To give you a run down of the document itself, the first page includes the following:
Although most babies grow on formula, studies show the routine use of formula comes with some risks to both mothers and babies
For the first 4-6 months babies can’t protect themselves from infections very well; breast milk helps protects them. The protection lasts as long as they breastfeed – and longer.
Even one feed of formula [in early weeks instead of colostrum] can damage that coating and make illness more likely.
It then goes on to note that babies that don’t receive breastmilk are more likely to suffer disease and illness, the documenting noting everything from colds and flu to childhood cancers and SIDS.