As a student midwife I vividly remember giving a newborn baby formula less than an hour after birth.

Not only do I strongly disagree with this practice, but the mother herself was barely consulted/asked/included in the decision.

The Midwife I was following said this:

” Let’s be honest, they are Asian and will go to formula anyway, so let’s just shut this baby up “⠀

THIS IS REAL.

Believe it or not this happened and it is the perfect example of the conveyor belt system that is maternity care.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Instead of spending time with this woman, educating her, boosting her confidence by trusting her innate abilities, understanding her goals and what she hopes to achieve… we walked in with a bottle of already made formula.

For all we know this is all this mother needed to not believe in herself, her body and her baby.  Her voice unheard in her very few moments of motherhood.

The underlying racism within the system is rife – that’s a whole other fucking story.

I’ll just let that sit with you.

There can be many different professionals you come in contact with, with different philosophies, practices and experiences.  I want to be the familiar face, holding and protecting space for you to help avoid these type of instances – people numb to what you are aspiring to achieve and students afraid to speak up!

Was your golden hour interrupted?  Did you experience this type of interference after giving birth?  Did someone make you doubt your breastfeeding capabilities?

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