He’s pro-abortion, pro-amnesty for illegal aliens, and pro-gun control. He enacted an Agenda21-like plan called PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York “to fight global warming and protect the environment.” He’s extended a smoking ban to all commercial buildings. He’s banned trans fats.
Now the nosy mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, wants the city’s hospitals to lock up infant formula so as to force more mothers to breastfeed their newborn babies.
Mary Kay Linge reports for the New York Post, July 29, 2012, that starting Sept. 3, New York 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.”
Some of the hospitals already operate under the formula lockdown. “New York City is definitely ahead of the curve,” said Eileen DiFrisco, of NYU Langone Medical Center, where the breast-feeding rate has surged from 39 to 68% under the program.
Breast-feeding in the first weeks gives a baby a critical healthy start, many medical experts say. It helps the digestive system develop and protects the baby with the mother’s immunities. Nursing also helps the mother recover from childbirth.
But not everyone is convinced. “They make formula for a reason, and the FDA makes sure it’s safe,” said Roxanne Schmidt, whose 14-month-old twins were fed with formula from birth. “Locking it up is just wrong.”
That isn’t the point, is it?
It’s not about whether breast milk is better than infant formula. The crux of the issue is whether THE GOVERNMENT gets to play “Big
Nanny Brother Knows Best” to force us to do what’s supposedly in our best interest.
Truly, the Left are pretentious know-it-all elites who have a high opinion of themselves and utter contempt for the people — we whom Katie Couric, in a moment of candor, calls the “great unwashed.”
H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise, who sent this news tip with a perfect quip: “I guess he wants to get babies used to the idea of being ‘on the teat’ for the future….”