I was inspired to write this blog post today due to something that happened today.
Our hospital usually has infant formula on recurrent order and it has been on backlog for over a month now.
We had 1 sachet of infant formula for the whole hospital, so I had to go to the supermarket to get some formula for our hospital.....
We all know that we have a major shortage of infant formula due to the demands from China...we also know that parents are restricted in the quantities of infant formula that they are able to purchase.
What shocks me is the the price increase of infant formula - you can pay anywhere from $15 to $40 for standard infant formula which is given to infants under 12 months of age. If you have an infant under the age of 6 months, it is likely that you will need to use 2 tins of infant formula per week, therefore approximately $30-$80 per week!
As a health care professional, this really concerns me for several reasons:
I pose a few of my concerns:
I pose a few questions to those reading this blog post?
By the way, I may be seen as being biased about breastfeeding but this is NOT my intention
It is not about the "breastfeeding VERSUS formula feeding" debate
It is an infant, maternal, family health & wellbeing issue......
I am keen to hear your thoughts about this?
If you feel that the information in blog post may be helpful to others, please share....
Kellie Eason RN, RM, IBCLC
Nurse, Midwife, IBCLC, Infant Feeding Therapist, Birth & Parenting Educator, Baby Sleep & Settling Consultant