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A 25-year-old female asked:

Fully aware of benefits of breastfeeding, but made choice not to for personal reasons. can i be forced to breastfeed? hospital is "baby friendly".

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Antonio Gargiulo
33 years experience
Cannot be forced: Of course you canoot be forced! i hope you really are fully aware of the benefits though. It will save you lots of "headaches" later in life. You should still undergo an actual counseling session with a certified lactation consultant before you make your decision.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It's your life: Over several decades I have seen many mom's struggle with the decision & some made miserable by family members or well meaning doc's who pushed their personal views.It's your life & you can decide what you want to do.Be aware that some facilities have decided not to stock any formulas & you may need to bring it to the hospital. Ask about this ahead of your delivery.

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