What do y'all think about this issue?
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is discouraging hospitals from using baby formula in order to get more moms to breastfeed. It's a new city policy that goes into effect in September.
"Breast milk is absolutely necessary for the health of the nation," says Kim Updegrove, the Executive Director of Mother's Milk Bank in Austin, which accepts and dispenses donor human milk. "He really is making a step at making this nation healthier and I think that's a goal we all have."
Moms, who insist on bottle-feeding would be able to do so, but nurses would have to sign out the formula and talk to those moms about the benefits of breastfeeding first.
"He's saying it ought to be done by an informed choice," said Updegrove.
But some say the policy crosses the line.
"Now its breastfeeding?" asks conservative author Lisa Fritsh. "That is a really big leap from cigarettes and sodas."
She says this is another example of Mayor Bloomberg imposing a nanny state.
"This is more than a nanny state. You're dealing with the emotions of mother and child and the bonding of mother and child and I can relate to this as a mother of my first son and I could not breastfeed, and I can not tell you the number of people sent in mass at the hospital, you've gotta breastfeed," said Fritsh.
While she knows the health benefits of breastfeeding, she believes it's not a politician's place to tell a mom whether or not they should breastfeed.
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe Michael Blumberg has the experience of carrying a child. There is no place for Mayor Bloomberg, any other politician or any other person in the hospital room," she said.
The policy takes effect in New York City in September. Formula would still be on hand for women who have difficulty breastfeeding.
Read more: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/19152067/ny-mayor-discourages-baby-formula-use-in-hospitals#ixzz22ATUUqOk