Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wave Goodbye to More of Your Personal Freedoms

I will admit that breastfeeding a newborn baby is a good thing. There are numerous benefits to both the mother and the baby. That said, I will also admit that both of my sons were bottle-fed formula. I did not want to breastfeed.

Of course, back when my sons were small, breastfeeding in public – even discreetly – was frowned upon. Breastfeeding moms were forced to sit in smelly restrooms or other restricted areas when their babies needed to be fed. It was difficult for working women to find a place to pump and save breast milk while they were at the office. Society made it difficult for mothers to breastfeed their babies 25 years ago.

I guess the times they are a-changin’. As of September 3rd, NYC hospitals will “hide” formula from new moms in an effort to get more women to breastfeed their newborns. Women who wish to formula feed their babies will have to request a bottle from the nurse, who will have to get it from a locked security area. The nurse is then required to hand the new mom the bottle and a lecture on the benefits of breastfeeding. Yes, every single time the child needs to be fed, this lengthy procedure will take place.

“Are you kidding?” just about covers my response to Mayor Bloomberg’s latest intrusion on personal freedom. When was the last time Bloomberg breastfed a child? I would venture to say never. So what makes him capable of making that decision for every single woman who gives birth in New York City? NYC has chosen to elect an omnipotent god instead of a mayor. All I can say is that I’m glad I don’t live there.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg: In Charge of Your Life