Bottle-Feeding Moms Ignored

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The lack of information and support for mothers who bottle-feed could put the health of their infants at risk ...

... Variations in bottle-feeding can have long-term health consequences for children ...

... Some mothers who bottle-fed ... experienced negative emotions such as guilt, worry about the impact on their baby, concern about health professionals' opinions, uncertainty about how to proceed, a sense of failure and anger at feeling pressure to breast-feed.

Some mothers said they didn't receive enough information on correct bottle-feeding techniques ...

It was common for mothers to make mistakes in bottle-feeding preparation. Incorrect preparation can increase the risk of infection, promote excessive weight gain or leave babies undernourished.

It's important to promote breast-feeding because it's the healthiest option for both mother and baby ... But ... it's "also necessary to ensure that the needs of bottle-feeding mothers are met ... Inadequate information and support for mothers who decide to bottle-feed may put the health of their babies at risk."

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448