July 29, 2012

Nanny Bloomberg’s latest edict … [Darleen Click]

Add baby formula to transfat, Big Gulps and alcohol.

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. […]

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.”

As if Bloomy would demand the same of NYC hospitals when women show up for an abortion.

Posted by Darleen @ 10:49am

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Comments (38)

  1. La Leche League pulls on their jackboots.

    I breastfed my children, but that was my decision. It’s unethical to make women who may be unable to breastfeed (or just plain don’t wish to) their children feel like criminals or poor mothers. Breastfeeding is a personal decision and none of Mayor Mikey’s business.

    If I were an OB, I raise hell.

  2. – Need we any more proof that the Left is permanently “latched on”?

  3. “But it’s our job to educate them on the best option.”

    Argh. When do they start building the camps? Or will they be built with prison labor?

  4. leigh

    I breastfed my kids – varying times but I’d never browbeat any mom that didn’t. There are a ton of reasons why kids may end up on formula and its not because of some Gerber logo coffee mug!

    How insulting.

  5. This seems like oppressing teh poar wimmenzes to me. Where’s Amanda?

  6. I hear ya, Darleen. A number of my girlfriends had multiple births, including a set of triplets. There was no way those babies were going to get enough food. Two of my friends struggled to breastfeed their first and finally had to put them on a bottle because they were also not eating enough. Also, how are you supposed to be able to get out of the house to get a haircut or go out to dinner if you don’t get Junior(ette) to take a bottle while you are away?

    I guess Hizzoner didn’t get the titty when he was a baby.

  7. I’ve got twin grandsons. They were premies & were in NICU 4 weeks. Daughter pumped so they got breast milk while in NICU but they absolutely refused the breast when they came home.

    So formula it was. They are strapping boys (10 y/o this September) close to 5′ tall who not only eat their broccoli but really like it too.

  8. “But it’s our job to educate them on the best option.”

    By educate, they mean browbeat and demean the patient because who do they think they are anyway? Deciding for themselves what therapy, drugs and other concoctions they’ll ingest.

    Doctors and other guild members HATE the internet as it allows the average joe patient to find out things that they don’t want the patient to know or have to discuss with them.

    The use of information sequestration and jargon usually is an indication that some person or group is accumulating power at someone else’s expense.

    If they actually had proof that their THEORIES had some validity, we’d feel more comfortable but those of us over 30 have seen this or that therapy or theory disproved by usage and been reversed or quietly fade into obscurity.

    When will someone relieve us of this pestilent, pustulent, pussilanimous, pipsqueak of a Mayor?

  9. Only two anecdotes which don’t add up to data, but here goes. My daughter was breastfed, and my son (the younger of the two) was formula fed. My daughter was by far the more sickly, teetering on the brink of “failure to thrive” early on. Eventually, she turned into a healthy child, but that happened after my wife stopped breastfeeding her after about a year. My son was raised on formula. My son has never been sick except for the occasional cold for his whole life. He was healthier than my daughter in EVERY way where breastfeeding is supposed to grant some kind of advantage.

    Breastfeeding is a lot cheaper if you can do it. Formula ain’t cheap, at least not until we’re all on welfare/foodstamps. I think the real problem is that La Leche and their fellow travelers resent that companies make money by providing a valuable service.

  10. My only comment is that if my wife were on the receiving end of this, they would need a few extra hospital beds….

  11. Women can decide whether to breast feed or not. Me, I sell my milk for money.

  12. – Need we any more proof that the Left is permanently “latched on”?

    Ran across this, and because I’ve no skin in the breastfeeding game (anymore, but I think I enjoyed my time at it) I’ll segue just a bit…

    As a white male I have to admit that any and all aspects of accomplishment in my American life are tinged, dirtied and infected by an undeniable privileged position I’m allotted due to something as random as skin pigmentation and genitalia. A less random reason for my privileged position is a hoped-for allegiance between me as a working class white male with the very wealthy hands on the levers of power (generally, but not universally, belonging, in this country, to other white males).

    This position they have been so dedicated to assure me and others like me seeps through the culture, economy, domestic spheres, psychological reception and politics (to name just a few).

    There are institutional and abstract sources to my privilege. There are subtle and complex sources and most certainly very many privileges that are gently granted to me via the violent theft of other demographics’ basic human and constitutional rights. As a white male, despite my limited economic status, I benefit from a racist sexist system.

    There’s much too much more, but of the same, sour-milk, guilt-ridden seepage of consciousness that belongs solely to those who’ve breastfed for far too long.

  13. The issues with handing new mothers formula in the hospital is that it does encourage the moms to “give it a try” – hey, we’ve got it anyway – which then undermines their breastfeeding efforts.

    I breastfeed all five of my kids, and ONE had an ear infection once. Knock on wood, but my kids are healthier than just about any I know.

    But Bloomberg’s got no business in this issue. I feel awfully uncomfortable with politicians deeming health issues. It’s ironic, anyway, because of all my friends who live in NYC, NONE of them have kids, and probably never will (since they are approaching 45 years old.)

    Hospitals can adopt a pro-breasfeeding policy w/o berating moms or the mayor sticking his nose into the issue.

  14. I breastfeed all five of my kids

    Still? (I’m teasing you, Carin.)

  15. Nice family, Carin. But, you didn’t build that.

  16. – So then, if this becomes the newest agitprop war on women ploy of the Left, what do we call it, the nipple card?

    – Pobably apropos for all the suckers among the Progressive kinder tots.

  17. ~ Olympic notes:

    “Whether it’s high jumpers leaping nearly two feet more than their own height or sprinters running 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, there are some Olympic feats so remarkable they seem to defy basic common sense.

    North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol pulled off another of those Sunday.

    Om, who stands just 5-feet tall and weighs only 123 pounds, won a gold medal in the men’s 56-kilogram category thanks in large part to clearing an Olympic record 168 kilograms (370.4 pounds) in the clean and jerk. In the process, he joined the likes of world record holder Halil Mutlu and Naim Suleymanoglu of Turkey in an exclusive group of weightlifters who have lifted three times their body weight.

    [ Related: Problems plague NBC’s Olympic streaming ]

    Asked how a man so small could lift a weight so big, Om credited the “Great Leader” as North Korean athletes often do after great achievements.

    “How can any man possibly lift 168kg? I believe the great Kim Jong Il looked over me,” Om told the Olympic News Service.”

    – He was probably being mpre candid than you might think, but rather than his long dead fearless leader, referring to the daddy, it would be more a case of the MKVD “watching over him” for any signs of possible intensions to defect.

    – In past Olympics entire NK teams have been shipped back to the Utopia suddenly during the games with no explaination, although defectors would later make the reasons clear.

  18. One of our female weightlifters lifted M’chelle Obama up yesterday. (I won’t link to pictures to spare you the brain bleach.)

    Poor gal probably sprained her back.

  19. One of our female weightlifters lifted M’chelle Obama up yesterday.

    that is so repellant in so many ways

  20. Right? I was hoping she’d drop her.

  21. female weight lifters consigned the rest to despair

  22. She’s a Russian who was adopted as a child by Americans. She looks like an East German woman from the old Soviet Bloc.

    On a lighter note, the gymnastics competitions are on tonight. None of them are as cute as Olga Korbut, though.

  23. She looks like an East German woman from the old Soviet Bloc.

    why are women lifting weights? seems like a stupid activity. aren’t they smarter than men?

  24. sorry leigh but Cathy Rigby in her day was much cuter than Olga

  25. … aren’t they smarter than men?

    That’s just an old wive’s tale, and you know those old wives, sexist every one of them.

  26. Yes she was, Darleen. I had just seen an interview with Nadia Comenici (sp?) a few days ago and remembered watching Olga doing the floor exercises in Berlin. She was so tiny, like a music box doll.

  27. If ironing were an event, then we’d be talking an event I could compete in.

  28. where’s the women’s nascar competition @ olympics. taylored made for sexist jokes no?

  29. oh tailor made

  30. I’m looking forward to 2016 and the Title IX gynomathletes.

  31. Check out this Diet for Olympic Athletes .

    They’re really Hobbits! There’s even an elevenses.

  32. 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.

    My wife breastfed all 3 of our children, but had she elected to go the formula route and some dickwad decided she needed a talking to, I’d have introduced their noses to the back of their heads. And oh look! Mister Face wants to get cozy with Mister Wall.

  33. I breastfeed all five of my kids

    Still? (I’m teasing you, Carin.)

    I gave my proofreader Sunday off. SHit, I give ’em EVERY day off

    Silver Whistle says July 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Nice family, Carin. But, you didn’t build that.

    I’ve been meaning to thank society for it’s help in raising my family. MTV, Jersey Shore, Rap music … it’s all been so helpful.

  34. Once again, Mayor Ratched discredits everything he touches. The rush he gets from getting all edict-y must be what drives him.

    My wife has nursed all of ours, and she was a trifle annoyed by the full-court press from the formula makers. Though that has lessened with time, or so it appears.

    But, as she’s happy to acknowledge, not everyone can nurse, and formula isn’t child abuse. Nursing is better, but going all LLL like this is precisely the wrong approach. Supportive staff encouragement and on-site consultation (or even trips to the home post-partum) are the best way to go.

  35. Where you do find alarming trends of formula feeding is among those on WIC. They are much more likely to use formula (thanks to our tax dollars) and the subsidies have driven the price up.

    I read that the majority of formula is purchased with WIC coupon.

    That says something- education, presentation at the hospital, combination of many factors.

    Formula was never a consideration – for me – and one of the reasons was the expense.

  36. Yeah, I remember a lot of formula being sold on WIC during my cashier days. With that kind of encouragement, it’s no surprise. But don’t expect Nanny B to say boo about that.

    And formul is hideously expensive. Nursing is a gigantic money saver, and in very short order.

  37. I thought government wasn’t supposed to tell woman what to do with their bodies. Its almost like leftists are chronically hypocritical. But that’s probably just me being anti-woman and all.