The Nanny of New York Strikes Again

First he came for your trans fats. Then he came for your salt. Then he came for your Big Gulps. And before all that, he came for your cigars and cigarettes. And now he’s coming after your breasts. We’re talking about the nanny of New York City, Michael Doomberg, the mayor, who is pushing hospitals — I’m not making this up — the mayor of New York City is pushing, he’s nudging, he’s attempting to influence with governmental power, “hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs,” which means they’re going to keep records, which means they’re going to keep and take control “on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use.”

The New York Post called this “the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation. Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC –” Latch on? What does that mean in terms of breast-feeding? Latch on? That’s what the baby does, that’s why they’re calling it “latch on”? “Not just babies.” That’s why I was getting confused in here. Thank you, Mr. Snerdley.

“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 –” Are you kidding me? Breast-feeding activists? “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.'” Silly woman. It’s New York City. It’s not for you to choose. This is for the nanny of the mayor to choose for you.



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