£200 to Breastfeed?

It has been reported that mothers in some areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire are being offered £200 in shopping vouchers to breastfeed their babies.

I am not really sure if this is a good or bad thing. It saddens me that mothers need to be bribed to breastfeed their children. It should be the normal, and natural thing, and only a few women have enduring difficulties with breastfeeding so breast milk for babies should be the normal thing.

Do mothers get paid to keep their babies in nappies? No, so it seems silly that we are paying them to feed them the milk that they should be drinking. And by my calculations, breastfeeding saves the mother a huge amount on the cost of buying formula milk anyway…

On the other hand, breastfeeding rates are obviously so dire in this area that they feel that something drastic needs to be done. So what if the mothers are paid £200, at least the baby is getting the benefit of breast milk.

I’m torn…what do you think?


1 Comment

  1. Lorna Craig
    November 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    I didn’t breast feed my 1st son(to my eternal shame) ,I was a very young Mum and didn’t know any better. However when my younger son came along ,I was much better informed and fed him for over a year, with no problems whatever. The Health Visitor reckoned I could have fed the entire village! Couldn’t get any of my bras on and had to fashion one from terry nappies and safety pins! It’s sad that mums have to be ‘bribed’ to do what comes naturally but if their children reap the benefits, then I’m all for it

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