Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Bloomberg's Right to Choose - Loves Boobies, Hates the Bottle

I haven't been to New York City recently, but I have heard of the Mayor Bloomberg's mission to control the city's drinking habits. Now he is going after the bottle. No, not the booze bottle, the formula bottle. 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. 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. Let's review: In NYC you can abort your unborn child willy nilly, it is a woman's right to choose after all. But should you decide to give the gift of life to that unborn child inside you look out - the government has made their expectations of you very clear. You better be ready to give that child the boob. Don't get me wrong - I am actually a firm believer of breast is best, but it isn't always best for everyone. I have seen way too many girlfriends weighed down by guilt because they were having a terrible time breastfeeding....a guilt which often had a significant and negative impact on their parenting and mental health. Exit question: How long will it be until women in NYC who, for whatever reason, are not breastfeeding their baby, will be forced to allow a wet nurse to do the job for them?