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?