Breastfeeding Wars: Why Locking Up Baby Formula Is A Bad Idea

Mayor Bloomberg's campaign against formula feeding in hospitals is profoundly out of touch with the realities of motherhood

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is right to want to promote breastfeeding, but his administration’s “Latch On NYC” campaign is an exercise in excess. First announced in May, the campaign is asking maternity hospitals to 1. ban formula feeding of newborn infants unless medically indicated; 2. restrict access to formula for hospital staff by locking it up and reporting its distribution to the New York City Health Department.

Lock up infant formula and track it as if it were a controlled substance? That’s not only unnecessary, but is both demeaning and disrespectful of a woman’s right to make her own choice about how to feed her infant. It’s also based on an awful lot of wrongheaded assumptions.

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 “Human breast milk is best for babies and mothers,” said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, one of the four city officials — all male — quoted in the campaign’s press release. “When babies receive supplementary formula in the hospital or mothers receive promotional baby formula on hospital discharge it can impede the establishment of an adequate milk supply and can undermine women’s confidence in breastfeeding.” It’s true that breastfeeding has real health benefits over formula feeding, but the benefits are actually relatively small. As a hospital poster for the program acknowledges, there is only solid scientific evidence for the claims that breastfeeding decreases the risk of ear infections, diarrhea and pneumonia. But all that other stuff you may have heard about — such as breastfeeding raises a child’s IQ — is based on conflicting evidence that is often plagued by confounding variables.

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But more problematic is the fact that the “Latch On NYC” campaign does not acknowledge that in addition to the benefits, breastfeeding also has substantial costs. For many women, breastfeeding is difficult, painful (especially at the beginning), and may be inconvenient for those who need to return to work. That doesn’t even take into account the fact that some women have serious breastfeeding difficulties that result in infants who fail to thrive. And these are the problems for women who want to breastfeed. Many women don’t want to breastfeed at all.

The “Latch On NYC” campaign explicitly attempts to prevent the use of formula even though many mothers successfully feed their babies with breast and bottle combined. A bottle of formula can soothe a frantic infant before a mother’s milk comes in, can spare a mother another painful nursing session during the early days when breastfeeding can bring blisters and soreness, and can allow a mother to get desperately needed sleep while someone else feeds the baby.

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Moreover, there is simply no evidence that the “Latch On NYC” policies will have any impact on breastfeeding rates. Most mothers give a great deal of consideration to feeding methods before they have their children — their decisions are not based on their ability to access formula in the hospital. The most likely outcome of storing formula in locked cabinets is shame for mothers who ask for it, and extra, unnecessary work for nurses who have to retrieve it, monitor it and record it. Breastfeeding activists also fail to acknowledge that women who ask for baby formula have made their choice already. It may not be the choice that activists want for them, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to make it harder for women who have made that choice.

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The idea of locking up formula is disturbingly similar to the idea of mandating ultrasounds for women who want to terminate a pregnancy. Just as anti-choice activists justify mandatory ultrasounds by claiming that a woman can still choose abortion, Mayor Bloomberg insists that women will still be able to choose formula feeding, and that there is no harm to providing them with more information. But in both cases, it’s about creating obstacles (and shame) for women. When it comes to breastfeeding, Mr. Mayor, here’s a good rule of thumb: Her baby, her body, her breasts, her choice.

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UTcutie18
UTcutie18

The ignorance that abounds in the articles you write is astonishing. It is so funny that every time I begin to read an article that seems so incredibly uneducated and lacking any factual basis you almost always end up being the author. your extremely uneducated opinions on home births and midwives to defending the "choice" of mothers who wish to formula feed for no medically indicated reason your words are truly laughable. It is so ironic that you blast mothers who make an informed decision to birth at home and you undermine their choice to do so since you personally feel it increases the risks of poor outcomes, yet you completely ignore the risks of formula and the risks that formula poses to infants compared to breast milk when not absolutely medically indicated. No wonder women give up so easily these days with "doctors" like yourself who think that a little bit of pain and inconvenience is an acceptable reason to switch to formula if the mother "chooses." Parenting is not convenient and undermining breastfeeding bc a bottle can provide a temporary fix is extremely ignorant advice and is honestly disturbing considering that formula feeding is listed as only the FOURTH best option for optimal infant nutrition after breastfeeding, expressed milk and milk from another mother. What other fourth rate practices do you advocate for and defend when it comes to the care of infants? It is so pathetic that doctors like you are allowed to continue to practice with all the twisted misinformation you put out there.  you should be ashamed of yourself. 

kelleebean81
kelleebean81

This is an incorrect interpretation of the initiative. The "ban" refers to hospital staff providing supplemental formula feeding to otherwise healthy infants of mothers who have CHOSEN to breastfeed. It is not a law forcing all women to breastfeed nor is it shaming women who chose not to breast feed. It is meant to discourage hospital staff from providing unwanted and unnecessary formula and providing free formula to families upon discharge from the hospital, an unethical practice that was started so that hospitals could avoid purchasing formula in exchange for promoting the formula companies product. As for the benefits of breastfeeding being exaggerated, this simply is not the case the AAP and world health organization (WHO) both strongly encourage breastfeeding. It is best to get your information from organizations that evaluate a variety of data sources when developing guidelines rather than from news media sources that try to sensationalize everything. Dr. Amy, if you want to make breastfeeding a feminist issue try focusing on laws that protect a woman's right to breastfeed in public, stronger maternity leave policies,  and providing more medical coverage for lactation support so that the "cost" of breastfeeding mentioned above (breastfeeding is difficult, painful, and may be inconvenient for those who need to return to work,  and breastfeeding difficulties resulting in infants who fail to thrive) are addressed.



KathleenElizabethNeely
KathleenElizabethNeely

oh Dr. Amy, thank you so much for making me feel normal, I had 2 c sections and bottle fed my children, Im not a horrible mother at all!! yes I cried and screamed for the epidural, I hated breastfeeding, and I was scared to death of natural childbirth. Many of my friends had easy childbirth at home. That is nice for them, it doesn't always work that way. Thank you for acknowledging That Epidurals are good, Bottle feeding is good and that Childbirth is dangerous and frightening for most of us. I feel like a real woman!!  And a good Mother!!And yes Childbirth can be very very painful and very very frightening

MayaElisabethLanterman
MayaElisabethLanterman

wow the entitlement in america is astounding. is it really your right to have FREE formula for your baby just because you think breastfeeding is icky?

anyways, i thought the issue with hospital staff suplimenting with formula was taken care of since they banned use of the nursery. the baby only leaves to have tests done and the feeding has to be done by mom.

magdalene74
magdalene74

You are the most uneducated and willfully ignorant excuse for a doctor I have ever heard of.  Shame on you.

Comment2
Comment2

For shame. Does formula protect against breast cancer? No. Breastfeeding is much more than marginally better, and you know it. I have read your blog. Why are you so bitter, threatened by other women, and angry? You could reach more people and actually help instead of provoking them and stirring dissension.

Lee Somerset
Lee Somerset

I breastfed my two girls many years ago and it amazes me today that breastfeeding is not always the first choice for new moms, especially when considering all the health benefits for the baby AND the mom. I came across a contest from insidershealth on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/18647... and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Inside... whose prize is a pricey breastpump for the winner. All you have to do is enter a photo of you and your baby. I think it's a great way to support breastfeeding!  Ultimately though, I believe every mother's decision should be hers and hers alone.

mountainlake
mountainlake

You are unbelievably and shamefully wrong about the benefits of breastfeeding being minor and controversial.  Don't people care about facts anymore?  Not only is breastfeeding much better for babies - everything from reducing SIDS to obesity to increasing IQ -- it's also great for moms, including reducing breast cancer rates.  http://www.womenshealth.gov/br... This is just one of a thousand sources I could point you to. In addition, you apparently haven't worked in a hospital before - EVERYTHING is locked up, including pens and bandaids.  Why should only formula be unlocked?  Because it's "free"?  Free for whom?  The NYC policy is sensible because it treats formula like anything else and also recognizes that easy access for formula does decrease women's breastfeeding rates.

Joan Tendler
Joan Tendler

This doctor says that NYC wants to “ban formula feeding of newborn infants

unless medically indicated”, but the restriction of formula-feeding is only for

breastfeeding infants, who often don’t keep breastfeeding for long when given

bottles by hospital staff. This article is painfully like Gilda Radner’s Emily

Litella, who ranted on and on about her confused perception of an issue-I’m waiting for Dr. Tuteur’s  “never mind”.

Joan Tendler
Joan Tendler

Free samples from formula companies are still the norm in many hospitals so, for many young moms, their choice to breastfeed exclusively or not is greatly influenced by the ready availability of formula. The problem is that babies often prefer bottles because the formula comes out faster, with little effort. So, once they get used to bottles, they nurse less and less. With only 1/3 of American infants being exclusively breastfed at the very young age of 3 months, it is very important to avoid bottle feeding for as long as possible. Also, nursing helps to re-balance the mother's blood copper/zinc ratio, which would prevent postnatal depression (from an excess of blood copper), so nursing exclusively is very important for the mom.

ggmary
ggmary

It should be up to the parents to decide what their child is fed.

The advocates of breast feeding fail to ever mention that infants die from dehydration when they aren't getting enough mother's milk while breastfeeding.  The child is rushed in to an emergency room, but it is usually too late.  Brain damage or worse has occured.

ggmary
ggmary

Mayor Bloomberg needs to put his time and energy into running the city instead of running peoples' personal lives.

houndog2g
houndog2g

I am a firm believer in breastfeeding and the benefits as well as cost savings. That being said, this is BS!! Most women know whether they want to breastfeed or not before their child is born. It's just one more thing to control the freedom of women.

artvet2
artvet2

Why is it "her" baby if in fact, the woman received the sperm from a man? They do in some cases, you know.

Pam Buzbee
Pam Buzbee

what about the women who can't or just don want to breastfeed.  Tell the major that with hormones the men can breastfeed . Give the men that choice i bet it doesn't go over! especally if the women put it in effect to gain power over their bodies

FrangoMint
FrangoMint

There are many, many reasons a woman might choose not to initiate breastfeeding in the hospital.  Sometimes victims of sexual abuse are uncomfortable with breastfeeding to the point that it can trigger a panic attack.  Women taking medications that are passed on in breast milk or women who have had cancer or breast surgery might not be able to do it.  Thank goodness we have a healthy and safe alternative easily available for them to nourish their babies.  The bottom line is that it is none of anyone's business how a woman decides to feed her baby, as long as she feeds him.  

melrosecj
melrosecj

This is the most under-researched, biased, ignorantly written article I have ever read...I don't know who you are Ms. Tuteur, but you obviously know, or choose to know, very little about what's best for a woman's body and especially what's best for a baby's body.  "...the benefit's are actually relatively small"...when talking about breastfeeding...??? Are you kidding me??? No man-made formula on the planet has the ability to give a baby the antibodies it can ONLY receive from it's mother's milk. You want to give your opinion, well, I suppose you have the right, but please, at least get your facts straight before you try to impose your view on others. The last time I'll be reading an Op-ed piece from Time that's for sure. I normally don't comment on articles I read, but the information in this article was just way out of line...and yes, I am a woman, who works, and I  breastfed both my c-section delivered children...was it hard? At first it CAN be difficult, but it doesn't last long and very soon it becomes second nature and you realize its the most natural thing in the world and I don't regret a second of it. As mother's we are supposed to put our comfort and needs second to our children and kudos to the mayor and others in the Health Department for starting this, whatever their reasons for doing it are, it will benefit the health and well-being of babies and mommies. Now maybe he can do something about improving school lunches for our children...yuck!

RHogan68
RHogan68

Oh and can we PLEASE, I mean for the love of god, PLEASE stop using this woman as a source for scientific information? Her occupation is a BLOGGER. Yes, folks, that is what she does and has been doing for the last 20 odd years.. blogging. TIME: you gotta get it together.. this is getting ridiculous.

RHogan68
RHogan68

Breastfeeding only prevents pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea.... obviously it's useless! I know I love when my newborn is bombarded with uncontrollable diarrhea, pneumonia ( such not a big deal) and those lovely ear infections. Pfft. I am SO not breastfeeeding.. sign me up for that delicious formula! YUM!

Kalacirya
Kalacirya

Biological essentialism, I love it, how vintage.  

My vagina, if I were to pretend for a moment that it was "given" to me, has the express purpose of being a receptacle for male genetic material, and of passing babies through it.  Good thing I don't have to use it that way if I don't want to.  It's a great thing that breasts are the same way.

Nestle, as I said before to someone else, is primarily a food conglomerate, and not a pharmaceutical company.  I believe Nestle owns a few smaller pharm companies with L'Oreal that focus on skin problems, but this is a tiny sliver of their business.  Formula is not a pharmaceutical product.  I love how people like you use the word pharmaceutical like it's a bad word.  I guess people with ear infections should just put garlic in their ears, people with cancer should just pray, and when fido gets a bad case of worms, well that's the natural order of things.

Kalacirya
Kalacirya

Ecfinn, last time I checked, formula wasn't manufactured by pharmaceutical companies.  Nestle is a food conglomerate.  You might want to adjust your tin-foil hat a bit.

Also, perhaps you are not from NY, but Michael Bloomberg is hardly one to stand in the face of corporate interests.  He is a billionaire businessman, who has historically favored pro-corporate legislation, including tax breaks for large corporations among other things.

HDS26234
HDS26234

Somtimes I wonder what the other animal kingdom thinks about as to how humans deal with procreation, including breat feeding! Of course animals do not know how humans deal with it! However, it is a fact of life that they have less if any problems! Most of the problems humans face have been self-created!

Scott Tibbs
Scott Tibbs

Where is Joe McCarthy when we need him? We have a real live Communist as Mayor of New York City and we need a new Red Scare.

jimmy kraktov
jimmy kraktov

There seems to be an awful lot of men in America who think they know what's best for a woman, and her body.

Now New York's mayor wants to cause problems for women with newborn babies.

To all involved: Mind your own business!

spookyz
spookyz

Next,

 the government will tell you if  YOU GET PREGNANT OR NOT because they dont think you should be having kids..

you know that is where this is headed...

 

davecross
davecross

What don't you understand?  It doesn't make any difference whether it is advisable or possible for a woman to breast feed.  The libs have decided that they want women to breast feed - end of discussion.  If, for some reason, you are physically unable to do so, the government will assign you a wet nurse.

Clover1979
Clover1979

There are laws established all the time to encourage people to do what's best for them like being required to wear a safety belt, the age at which it's appropriate to buy alcohol, etc. These initiatives encourage the public to make a wiser choice for our own health and well-being. I'm not likening formula feeding to making a potentially dangerous choice but i am definitely suggesting that some women would benefit from more support for nursing and less availability of formula.

Studies are clear that breastmilk is better - and NOT marginally so - and you need only do a search on the Internet to determine that. This article fails to mention breastmilk's effects on a newborn's immune system through antibodies that formula does not provide. It provides more than 100 ingredients formula cannot match and is tailored by every mother's body to suit their specific baby's needs. If it is really only a little better as the author indicates why is so highly recommended by the AMA, AAP AND WHO? The fact is it is far superior nutrition for a newborn.

I honestly don't see the harm in not providing FREE formula. Nothing else you get in a hospital is free, lest you think otherwise. That Advil will cost you or your insurance $7 and that bedpan you used will be billed as well. So to those who say the formula wil be locked up out of a parent's reach YES the FREE formula will be locked up and out of reach. I'm assuming that if a mother decides of her own volition that she wants to formula feed she can provide her OWN formula and do so in the hospital without being arrested. If I am wrong, please correct me. The initiative also simply requires that a valid medical reason be cited for each sample if formula provided. That does NOT mean it has to be signed off on by a doctor. That means sore nipples, exhaustion, poor latch, etc. could all be potential medical reasons, people. It simply makes it so the PATIENT has to request the formula rather than the hospital staff suggesting it as is so common.

spookyz
spookyz

   government doesn't need to get involved with personal choices.  period.  It is as bad as BIG CORP. 

I am against all propaganda..lets focus on all of it not just formula..

breastfeeding is a right, right now no one takes that away..

This is Not about what is better..some people dont have same situations

and its really common sense that feeding naturally is better..so

what? the same people that get neurotic about breastfeeding will go eat

at fast food joints..OK...

the point is, we do not need laws that take away personal...

Guest
Guest

I would like to know from the "the kid won't bond with the mother if not breast fed" crowd how a child is able to bond with their fathers. As far as I know they can't breast feed.

I bonded with my grandparents who raised me just fine. So did a couple friends who were adopted.

So it leads me to think you are all full of sh*t.

Clover1979
Clover1979

There are laws established all the time to encourage people to do what's best for them such as being required to wear a safety belt, the age at which it's appropriate to buy alcohol, etc. These initiatives encourage the public to make a wiser choice for our own health and well-being. I'm not likening formula feeding to making a potentially dangerous choice but I am definitely suggesting that some women would benefit from more support for nursing and less availability of formula.

Studies are clear that breastmilk is better - and NOT marginally so - and you need only do a search on the Internet to determine that. This article fails to mention breastmilk's effects on a newborn's immune system through antibodies that formula does not provide. It provides more than 100 ingredients that formula will never be able to match. It is custom tailored by every mother for their baby's needs. If it was only a little better why is it so highly recommended by the AAP, WHO and AMA? The facts are it is far superior but much less encouraged because of Western culture. It's hard. it's socially awkward. It can be painful. YES - But it is still nutritionally superior and should be encouraged.

I honestly don't see the harm in not providing FREE formula. Nothing else you get in a hospital is free, lest you think otherwise. That Advil will cost you or your insurance $7 and that bedpan you used will be billed as well. So to those who say the formula wil be locked up out of a parent's reach YES the FREE formula will be locked up and out of reach. I'm assuming that if a mother decides of her own volition that she wants to formula feed she can provide her OWN formula and do so in the hospital without being arrested. If I am wrong, please correct me. The NPR article I read stated that a medical reason must be documented every time a formula sample is provided. This does NOT mean a doctor has to sign off. A valid medical reason could be anything from exhaustion to poor latch to jaundice to sore nipples, people. It just means THE PATIENT will have to initiate rather than the hospital staff.

spookyz
spookyz

 we really do NOT need the government involved in PERSONAL CHOICES...government is worse then big corp..because yea you may like the policies today but what if someone goes in and changes it later down line and it takes more freedoms away later..

the government should NEVER get involved with personal choices..

you want to take properganda out of hospitals then fine..do it across board lets not just focus on formula..

spookyz
spookyz

It is complete  paranoia to say hospitals are trying to sabotage breastfeeding...complete paranoia

in fact, we had someone that came in and tried to push there breast pump brand on me and i already had one..

so if we are speaking about big corp and propaganda it should all stop across the board..not just for formula..

I bet you will find it will even be the same companies making the breast pumps as  well as the formulas lol...

ahimsapeace
ahimsapeace

Amy,

Are you on Payroll of Formula Company?

ahimsapeace
ahimsapeace

Are you on Payroll of Formula Company?

Jennifer Bruner
Jennifer Bruner

Hospitals have been sabotaging the efforts of mothers to breastfeed, by giving the babies formula, sugar water, and pacifiers, since the invention of formula.   I think this doctor is an idiot, her opinions are crap, and the Mayor is right on!  Every baby deserves as much breastmilk as it can get; whether that is two days, two weeks, two months or two years.  I spent ten years breastfeeding my six children, and two of them ended up on formula after six months. 

MargotsMom
MargotsMom

As a woman who cannot have children "naturally", and had to adopt to become a mother, I find Mayor Bloomberg's proposal offensive and ignorant. He obviously has no idea the many ways there are to become a family, and breastfeeding is not the right choice (or even a choice) for all mothers.

Sherry Tapia Doss
Sherry Tapia Doss

I also meant to say that from personal experience I have had a nurse give my baby a bottle even though I was nursing. 

MKRE
MKRE

This article is a classic example of "Put the word 'Opinion' in front of an article and the author has free reign to write erroneous and factually false statements."  While I agree that formula should not be "banned" in hospitals, the statements the author makes about breastfeeding having "substantial costs" for the mother are completely misleading and not in the least bit pro-breastfeeding.  I am shocked that as a physician, Amy chose to make these statements.  To say "For many women, breastfeeding is difficult, painful (especially at the beginning), and may be inconvenient for those who need to return to work" is completely false.  Less than 2% of women physically cannot breastfeed-- and the majority of that 2% is because of a situation with the baby, not the mother.  Breastfeeding is not difficult if it is done and taught properly.  It can be painful-- in the beginning only-- but I don't recall labor being a walk in the park either.  And, 100% of workplaces in America are required to provide an area and time during the day for a woman to breast feed, if necessary.  Women who choose not to breastfeed because of the initial pain are in the same camp as women who choose to have a C-section because they are scared of the pain of labor.  As females, we have this awesome responsibility of bringing life into this world and to nurture and nourish that life to the best of our ability.  Why do we feel everything must be so "easy" for us, all of the time?  We need to make decisions based on what is best for our child, while it may come as a small sacrifice to us (initial pain, pumping at work, etc.)  If you are able, there is no greater gift you can give your child than breastfeeding him or her-- and that's how it should be seen.  A Gift.

Sherry Tapia Doss
Sherry Tapia Doss

The author lost me at this statement. "  It’s true that breastfeeding has real health benefits over formula feeding, but the benefits are actually relatively small." 

This is an untrue statement and one which should be taken with a grain of salt. This is her opinion and should clearly be marked as such.

Andrew Hoelzel
Andrew Hoelzel

Seriously?  This author is negating the positive attributes and effects of breast feeding?  Really?  Why doesn't she cite this evidence which refutes the benefits of a mother's milk?  Just face up to it that unless medically impossible, a mother should breast feed her child.  Anybody with eyes can clearly see that babies which are breastfed are superior in health.  One does not need some phantom study in order to recognize this fact.  Period, end of story!

detroitmommy
detroitmommy

To everyone saying that a man will not tell them how to feed their child. It was a man who created formula..and now the most popular maker of formula ( a billion dollar business btw) is owned by a pharmaceutical company. The same companies that control almost all baby "products".  The same companies that tell us PMS is a "disorder" that should be cured with a pill.  It's just all too reminiscent of Stepford Wives.

And here are the innocent sitting here not even knowing they're helping our own rights as mothers be taken away...  fighting AGAINST creating a society where we do the natural thing first ? Makes no sense at all ladies.  Ask yourselves this. If you could breastfeed amp; be allowed to stay home from work (without worrying about money) and care for your own children instead of being drones and forced back to work to PAY for that formula, would you?? 

There is no SHAME in having to ask for formula. Ridiculous! I have breastfed and I have formula fed. I have had nurses suggest I couldn't feed my own child because they were too big then turned around and told by another nurse that I shouldn't supplement with formula. It's horrible. There are no set of standards at these hospitals, just everyone's own biased opinions being pushed on new mothers. 

2 months ago I was told by a NICU nurse "You better get used to it" when I informed her that I intended to breastfeed my 11lb 12 ounce girl who was born by Emergency C-section.  I then watched her shove down 2 full ounces!! of formula while I sat and watched helplessly. (ever seen a newborn eat 2 ounces in 1 sitting? ME EITHER)  The next day when I was able to care for her on my own I put her to the breast. It's been hard, but it worked and we are fine.

I'm not a feminist, a breastfeeding advocate, liberal, or a socialist... I'm a MOM... and I'm raising the next generation of men for this country. A country where I want all moms to get the real info before they choose.  Not information from their own mothers who raised children 30 years ago. Times have changed. I want my rights back as a woman. I want to raise my own child. I want to be treated equal and not as a political ploy for men, or even angry old women who think their way was best!

You're fighting to get your own rights taken away!! Why aren't we banning together and fighting to have more time off after work, fighting to get breast pumps made available to EVERY mom.  This administration just did something special for us the other day amp; now you have a better chance at getting that breast pump paid for .. but now I see WOMEN screaming "Obambacare! Socialism! Bah Humbug". 

Stop letting yourselves be taken advantage of and stop letting women like this, who get paid to create controversy for magazines like this rile you up and fog your brain.  Let's fight for our children not fight to be treated equal to men.

MEN are not equal, they can't give birth.

ecfinn
ecfinn

Ugh, it's not a ban, idiot.  It's a way to keep pharm companies from encouraging woment to not breastfeed, which is exactly the reason they send those free samples over.  Look into the Nestle africa scandal.  Bloomberg is standing up to a corporation and the media is spinning it way off, as usual.

Paul
Paul

Great, just what we need. More government intrusion into how we decide to raise our children.

Gary McCray
Gary McCray

I understand that Bloomberg is thinking of changing the way he is addressed from Mayor to "His Royal Highness"!

And his new permanent title will be "Dictator of New York ".

Kristen Szabo LePrevost
Kristen Szabo LePrevost

Also, the bigger problem is POST hospital stay...it's not so hard when you have a lactaction specialist in the hospital helping you but when you are home and crying and nothing is working THAT'S when most turn to formula...oh but insurance won't pay for in home lactation help....hummmmm

Elissa Moise
Elissa Moise

This is not aimed at stopping mothers who want to use formula from doing so.  It's aimed at keeping unnecessary amp; unwanted formula away from babies whose mothers intend to breastfeed.  There are many hospitals in NYC that don't allow (or have space) for rooming-in, which means that babies are often separated from their mothers in a nursery, with feeding decisions being made by nurses or aides.  It's easier amp; faster for a nurse to feed a bottle of formula than to take the time to help a new mom with breastfeeding, so all-too-often mothers are undermined by formula being fed to their babies without the mother's consent.  This new initiative GIVES CONTROL BACK TO THE MOTHERS.  

Kristen Szabo LePrevost
Kristen Szabo LePrevost

The policy is offensive to mothers because it makes it seem like we didn't take the time to decide to breastfeed or not. Breastfeeding is not always a natural and easy thing and sometimes formula is needed and is perfectly ok! Every situation is unique so please don't judge or try to push a policy on someone...some of these poor moms have to go back to work immediately and amercian workplaces are NOT nice to pumping mothers so everyone needs to look the whole picture before trying to force something on someone.