A member asked:

The hospital i am delivering at is "baby friendly". does this mean i will be forced to breastfeed? i am absolutely certain i don't want to.

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Dr. William Moore answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: You will not be forced to breast feed. Breast milk is what is best for your baby, better than any formula. You will be advised to breast feed, but the ultimate decision is yours. I am curious as to why you are so opposed? It's cheaper to nurse, more convenient and is what is best for your baby. Please make sure you are fully educated on the many advantages of breast feeding before saying no.

Answered 5/7/2014

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Dr. David Chrisman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Breast feed: Its important to help a child to establish a correct swallow patern where the tongue sits in the palate which is stimulated to grow with swallowing properly. This is linked to airway development and the forward growth of the face rather than a long face. Bottles and binkies produce a wrong swallow patern and poorer facial growth with longer faces, poorer airways which will need orthodontics.

Answered 5/18/2013

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Dr. Addagada Rao answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Don't worry: No hospital is going to force you to do some thing you don't want to do. Every hospital want to drum up for more business , no hospital want to advertise as ' baby unfriendly ' good luck you and your baby will be fine , in any hospital of you choose.

Answered 6/20/2020

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: In some rare situations this may mean they will not stock formula or make it available but the label is more an attempt to gain points with certifying agencies.Facilities that have a dedicated breast feeding coach available and maintain a certain level of breastfeeding in their patients gain this designation.

Answered 11/16/2016

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