Mothers in low breastfeeding areas are being bribed £200 in shop vouchers to breastfeed, whatever next?
Really, I can’t believe that someone has had a been paid a fortune to come up with another ludicrous idea ( I might be jealous. I could make up random schemes – see my list below).
I do believe that there must be better ways to increase breastfeeding rates. I think that in high areas of poverty maybe people should be offered £200 of vouchers to be sterilised instead especially drug addicts and alcoholics. Now, let me think £200 for a new pair of shoes and then never have to worry about missing a period again, I might even opt in to that or send my husband. I do jest, but how on earth do these schemes even get this far is there no-one with common sense on these committees.
What if you are a mother and you want to but can’t breastfeed, or would love to breastfeed but you have adopted ? There are so many reasons why people can’t breastfeed and maybe the money needs to be spent in finding out why.
On the other hand could this create another baby boom? We can call it the ‘£200 generation’. I can see young women (that is what they are) leaving school and thinking a baby, £200 spending money and a nice little flat what a winning combination. Please don’t go down this route it really isn’t that simple.
Here are my random schemes that maybe the government should use next;
- Feed your children fresh vegetables and you will earn for £5 a week to spend which you can have in December towards your Christmas shopping
- Teach their children manners and you get a flatscreen tv.
- Feed your child breakfast because that is the most important meal of the day and you can have the £200 too.
- Breastfeeding mothers get free coffee and cake in every coffee shop chain in the UK.
Yes, as ever I have taken it too far but please think about the root causes of the problem. Why don’t people want to breastfeed? Is it that they can’t? Is it that they don’t want to? Throwing money at problems in this way will not solve the problem just I feel put money in peoples hand for the wrong reasons.
Maybe more thought should be put into the barriers towards breastfeeding, break them down, provide support which is available around the clock then this could be a start.
For me with my first breastfeeding was a struggle, latching on, cracked nipples, bleeding nipples and then suffering with mastitis so badly that I couldn’t even hold my baby let alone feed him. It wasn’t a great experience at all. Having mastitis put paid to my breastfeeding for my first within the first five weeks.
Then when I had my second child it completely different. It was easier and I think this stemmed from the help and support that I received from the minute he latched on before even the placenta was delivered and I didn’t receive conflicting information from different nurses which made it so much easier.
So surely from just my experiences you can see that its just not black and white situation and I plead with the decision makers to reconsider.
Breastfeeding things that were important to me:
Frozen or chilled SAVOY Cabbage leaves
Kamillosan chamomile ointment
Ice packs or conversely heat packs
Not to feel under pressure the more stressed out you are the harder it becomes!