Updated: 09:11 EDT, 1 June 2011>
An NHS Trust has sparked outrage by revealing plans to stop supplying free milk to new-born babies.
Under the controversial new policy new mothers will be expected to bring their own formula milk, or send a family member to a shop to buy some, if they are unable or unwilling to breastfeed.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust wants as many mothers as possible to breastfeed but stressed it is not banning bottle feeding.
Lesson: Liz Mason explains the best way to bottle feed to Amy Ivory and her new daughter Renee at Hull and East Yorkshire Women and Children's Hospital. Ms Ivory said she welcomed the advice but other mothers were angry free formula milk has been withdrawn
The Trust confirmed that as of Monday it will no longer routinely provide formula bottled milk to mothers who choose not to breastfeed.
Until now free formula has been available for the duration of their stay in hospital.
But maternity staff will now have only a 'small emergency stock' and mothers who insist on bottle feeding their babies will have access to just one bottle after giving birth.
Liz Mason, infant feeding coordinator at the trust, said mothers who do use formula will receive advice and support to prevent them overfeeding.
She said babies who are bottle-fed formula milk gain weight too rapidly in their first year of life - putting them at risk of obesity and potentially developing childhood diabetes.
She said: 'In 2002, there was still a dominant culture of bottle feeding across the city, equating to 70 per cent of all Hull babies never receiving any breast milk following discharge from hospital after birth.
'This has changed considerably over recent years to the point where only 42 per cent of babies in the city of Hull are bottle fed from birth.
'But we feel it is important that mothers who bottle feed have access to the best information available.'
Candy McLaren, 21, from Hull, who bottle-fed her son Charlie and plans to bottle feed her second child due in October disagrees with the trust's new policy.
She said: 'I think it's stupid. I think it will force people to come out of hospital earlier - I know I would.
'I wouldn't leave my child while I went to make up a bottle.'
But Amy Ivory, 21, from Bransholme, Hull, said she would welcome the extra advice staff will be giving to bottle feeding mothers.
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She gave birth to daughter Renee Tissington at Hull and East Yorkshire Women and Children's Hospital on Monday.
She bottle-fed her son Tyler Tissington, aged one, and said she will do the same with Renee.
She said: 'Bottle feeding is better because if I want to go anywhere, I wouldn't fancy breastfeeding.
'I think it's good that mums are getting more support to bottle feed.'
Liz Mason said mothers will be shown how to bottle feed safely. And staff will also use small balls to indicate the size of a baby's stomach in the first few days of its life and ensure mothers do not overfeed their children through bottle feeding.
The trust has produced DVDs and leaflets providing the latest guidance on bottle feeding.
Practical support on how to gradually increase the amount babies feed will also be offered.
Midwives will provide mums who bottle feed with sterile bottles and teats, as well as a designated fridge for them to store milk in.
A price list for baby milk at a local supermarket, as well as opening times, is also fixed to the wall in the day room at the women and children's hospital.
She added: 'They have already made that commitment to bottle feed and it will cost them more than £600 in the first year.
'Bringing two or three cartons in to the hospital with them is relatively inexpensive.
'By offering improved education and support for the mothers who have chosen to bottle feed, it will help reduce the risk of their baby gaining too much weight too quickly and putting the child at risk of becoming overweight or clinically obese.
'Mothers will be shown how to hold their baby closely and how to safely feed their baby with a bottle.
'All of these new measures will help to support mothers who have chosen to bottle feed their baby, to feel more confident in knowing how to do so as safely as possible.'
Mothers whose babies need to be cared for in the trust's neonatal unit will continue to be provided with formula if they wish.
A letter about the changes and what to take into hospital is being sent to expectant mothers across East Yorkshire.
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