As I sat down on the couch today, ready to consume my Twix bar AND peanut butter M&M’s (boy, some of the crazies would have a field day with that, wouldn’t they…that’s almost as bad as drinking a Super Gulp!), a story came across the news about baby formula.
According to Fox News (and NO, this is not the only source that I get news from – I also listen to CNN, as well as read the gossip rags, because those are always true, right?!), Mayor Bloomberg is encouraging New York hospitals to “hide” the free cans of baby formula so that more mothers will breastfeed their children.
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.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/29/nyc-mayor-wants-hospitals-to-lock-up-baby-formula-to-encourage-breast-feeding/#ixzz2294JyWmp
While the so-called “Latch On NYC” program is voluntary, several of the city’s hospitals have agreed to comply – even documenting a medical reason for every bottle a newborn receives.
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.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/29/nyc-mayor-wants-hospitals-to-lock-up-baby-formula-to-encourage-breast-feeding/#ixzz2295D5YpQ
My opinion on all of this? Complete and utter bullshit. Who died and made Bloomberg God?
What gets me even more? Bloomberg is not a woman – he has never had to whip it out and feed a baby. So, how does he even have the right to try to dictate what a mother should or shouldn’t do?
With that being said:
- Yes, I did breastfeed Goose Face.
- No, I didn’t last longer than 3 weeks.
- Yes, I probably should have tried harder than I did.
- No, I didn’t really care about giving up (obviously…).
- Yes, I think it made me a better mother for not continuing to breastfeed because it eliminated the massive stress that was making us all crazy.
- No, I didn’t even try to breastfeed Crazy Monkey.
- Yes, it probably is the reason as to why she is the crazy child that she is.
***A few disclaimers***
In no way do my opinions for my own choices reflect what I believe other mothers should do.
I feel that a mother should be able to do whatever she feels is best for her child, within reason.
I do not feel that it is my place, or anyone else’s place, to dictate “the best” way to nourish a child.
As my mother so lovingly reminded me…if you decide to comment, don’t forget that I have PMS and GPS.