Breast is best but formula is still an option

Healthcare professionals should avoid appearing dictatorial in the choice between breast or bottle feeding

Healthcare professionals should avoid appearing dictatorial in the choice between breast or bottle feeding

The BMJ announced recently that it would no longer carry adverts for formula milk. This decision is to be respected, of course, and their reasons for it at first seem valid.

However, a cynic may think this is a step closer to censorship and a step away from respecting free maternal choice.

The benefits of breast milk are irrefutable – nothing manufactured could be better for a baby than their mothers’ own milk.

Midwives are educated and trained to promote natural breastfeeding; neonatal nurses strongly encourage mothers to express their milk so that the smallest, sickest and the most vulnerable infants can benefit from it.

The RCN has promoted and supported the continuation of breastfeeding in hospital wards and departments because we all recognise that


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