Bloomberg Wants Moms to Breastfeed – Out of Control or What [POLL]
As bad as you may think we have it here, and there’s no denying that we live in a nanny state; imagine the pugnacious third term mayor of New York City practically insisting that you raise your baby by breastfeeding.
Now I know a good many OB/GYNs prefer that new mothers breastfeed their babies for the many health benefits it presents; some babies just won’t latch on.
My daughter had this issue with little Nicky Boy.
Not one for mommy’s breast.
So naturally she did what she could to get him nourishment.
Pumping breast milk…supplementing with formula…you name it.
We’re lucky we live here instead of on the other side of the river, because it wouldn’t be unthinkable if the mayor would have had my daughter locked up, and the baby given over to a wet nurse by mayoral proclamation.
That’s what you get when you elect someone who’s not “term limited”.
Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.
Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.
Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.
While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture.
“If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,” said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. “It’s for me to choose.”
Under Latch On NYC, new mothers who want formula won’t be denied it, but hospitals will keep infant formula in out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications.
With each bottle a mother requests and receives, she’ll also get a talking-to. Staffers will explain why she should offer the breast instead.
“It’s the patient’s choice,” said Allison Walsh, of Beth Israel Medical Center. “But it’s our job to educate them on the best option.”
Lisa Paladino, of Staten Island University Hospital, said: “The key to getting more moms to breast-feed is making the formula less accessible. This way, the RN has to sign out the formula like any other medication. The nurse’s aide can’t just go grab another bottle.”
By the way, he IS term limited….it’s just that he but a referendum on the ballot that he be granted a third term.
Can you say “Il Duce”…or in this case “il Douchey!”
This is just so wrong on so many levels.
Moms should be able to do what they want in order to feed their newborns.
And parceling out formula like it’s Xanax or some other kind of controlled substance is immoral.
What’s the motivation for this latest proclamation from NY’s personal health “Nazi!”
Is it possible this comes from a man who’s been “breast denied”
Is Mayor Bloomberg right or wrong on hospitals being required to keep tabs on the amount of baby formula they use?
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