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The breast-feeding bullies are at it again!

Posted by Lissa on July 31, 2012

OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They’re locking up infant formula like it’s medicine. New Yorkers are bloody BRILLIANT, I tell you!

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.

I personally would not want to try to lecture a woman who has just pushed an infant out of her pelvis – I’ve heard that can be rather grueling – but then again I ALSO would not want to try to lecture other women about their infant diet choices in general. What a good thing the geniuses in Nanny Bloomberg’s administration are smarter than I am!

I particularly loved this part:

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.”

The key to getting more people to do what YOU think is best for them . . . is to take away their other options. Or at least make them more tedious, more difficult, and less convenient.

And don’t forget the lecture! Nanny-statism without a lecture is like spaghetti without meatballs!!

Then again, it could be worse. I’m surprised Nanny Bloomberg didn’t go the full Gisele Bundchen route. Shhhh, don’t give him ideas. . .

6 Responses to “The breast-feeding bullies are at it again!”

  1. Ruth said

    Its just NYC, last night on the news there were SEVERAL upstate hospitals basically saying that although breast feeding might be technically better, there were alot of perfectly valid reasons to use formula and locking it up was not going to help. Personally I think someone just needs to take Bloomie outback and “convince” him to stay out of other peoples’ business.

  2. wrm said

    I saw that and thought that he bad finally gone totally batshit insane.

    Then I realised he was that already.

    There must be a lot of people by now who would agree with a “he needed killing” defence?

  3. Brad Kruse said

    As for Giselle, I think the movie “Grown Ups” had it right — it is healthier to wean at 48 months than at 6.

    I suppose locking up the formula and giving lectures to increase medical care costs and reduce time available to care for patients beats making moms that don’t breast feed get a cow’s head tattoo.

  4. Amy said

    Way to penalize women who for whatever reason might not be able to breast feed. My nephew just got out of the hospital. He wasn’t gaining weight on his mom’s breast milk. They’ve had to supplement the breast milk with some high calorie formula and even pump her milk and add something to it for the baby to gain weight. Glad she doesn’t live in NY!

    The govt really needs to stay out of people’s personal lives and choices.

  5. momiss said

    Isn’t it crazy? The bottom line for me is that now mother’s can be put down in just one more way. Ever since “liberation” it’s been mostly downhill. I say women take back our birth experiences and make our own decisions, right down to breast feeding or formula. What ever happened to trusting a mother to do what is best for her child? It disappeared slowly once women gave over their power to their “doctors”. Pah-leeeeze. And the worst of it? I think they only gave over their power (went to hospitals) in order to get a little sleep. It wasn’t long before nobody had a baby naturally anymore, everybody drove 2 hours to have a scheduled C-section instead. It makes me sad. You probably already know this. Off my soapbox. Nice post!

  6. The people of New York City have elected this pompous self important ass three times. They got what they wanted and I feel no sympathy for them.

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