War on Women: Nanny Bloomberg Now Enforcing Breastfeeding for New Moms

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 at 7:32 am

There’s nobody left unscathed in Supernanny Bloomberg’s totalitarian state. Now New York City hospitals are trying to deny baby formula to newborns. Good thing the kids don’t know what’s best for them yet.

The nanny state is going after moms.

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.

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.”

Choice? What a novel concept.

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.”

It’s their choice, but first they must be educated. Just image if the poor babies need more than 16 ounces of formula.


3 Responses to “War on Women: Nanny Bloomberg Now Enforcing Breastfeeding for New Moms”

  1. Milwaukee on 29/29/12 at 8:44 am

    Do you guys stay up late creating parodies for us on Sunday morning? If I wanted to read jokes I would look for the Onion. Why not give us real news?

    oh. This is.

    Twain’s observation was something like ‘truth is stranger than fiction. fiction is restrained by what is plausible. truth has no such restraint.’

  2. cherrie on 30/30/12 at 3:56 pm

    Oh we absolutely need to hide the formula behind locked doors, because as we all know, new mothers have an uncontrollable urge to wander hospital halls in search of baby formula!

  3. Cathy on 31/31/12 at 12:13 pm

    Until mayor Bloomberg grows a pair of boobs, dare he make the choice and decision for every woman on the planet! And what pray tell do they say to the mother who may have had a double mastectomy and has nothing in which to breast feed? Should they make her feel inferior? What if she has implants? Did dear Mr. Bloomberg think about that? Oh, and “receive a talking to…? Why not a spanking too. Are these mothers TODDLERS??? What’s next, I can hardly wait.