Cry Baby or Not?

A woman is complaining about not being fed at Waikato Hospital. When you read the article you are led to believe that the breast-feeding nazis are at it again, but then when you think about it some more you get the feeling that this woman seems to have an entitlement mentality that is so prevalent in New Zealand.

The mother of a sick baby in hospital was told she didn’t qualify for meals because she wasn’t breastfeeding.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she would complain to the Waikato District Health Board over its policy.

She is staying at Waikato Hospital’s paediatric ward in Hamilton while her premature 5-month-old son recovers from a lung infection.

On her first night in the ward, a nurse told the mother of three that she would not receive meals because she did not breastfeed her baby.

“It was the way she worded it. She said, ‘Because you’re not breastfeeding, you won’t get meals here’,” the mother said.

The 32-year-old said it hurt because she wanted to breastfeed all three of her children but had struck severe food allergies and reflux, making bottlefeeding with prescription formula the only option. 

See sounds bad. But consider this. She isn’t in the hospital because she is sick, but because her child is sick…and she is demanding food. Would there be a story if she was there with her elderly sick mother helping out…and demanding food…not bloody likely.

It is the breast-feeding angle that has made this a story.

I think the hospital has it right…they aren’t there to feed all and sundry so they have set rules. If a baby is being breast-fed then the hospital isn’t feeding the child, the mother is, and so the hospital ensures the mother is well fed. if they relent on this case then imagine the chaos as every man, his dog and missus have a lend of the hospital and run off to the media so they too can get fed. It’s bollocks, she is just being a bludger.

I’m inclined to give this whinger Cry baby of the day. What do you think?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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