Bloomberg and Baby Formula: Possibly the Dumbass Idea of the Year
For those who haven't heard, Mayor Bloomberg of NYC wants to start making it more difficult for women to formula-feed their babies in an effort to promote breast feeding.
Why? Well, a logical person would say that there is no real reason why. The government should not--nay, the government DOES NOT--have the power to tell us what to feed our children. Bloomberg's argument is that studies show that babies who are breast-fed get better immunities from the breast milk. That's absolutely true, but honestly it's none of his business.
I'm a father of two, so I think I know a thing or two about breast-feeding versus formula through my ex-wife's experience with it. With our son, our first born, she breast-fed. I was in the Navy, making really good money, and she didn't have to work. So she had all the time in the world to give our son the milk he needed.
Once we weaned him off of breast-feeding and onto the bottle, we sincerely wanted to keep up with breast milk because we knew the health benefits. But a problem arose when we discovered that we couldn't find a breast pump that worked right to get enough milk for him. So what did we do? We bought formula, and for those who haven't had a baby within the last 8 years, formula is fucking expensive.
With our second child, our daughter, she was working so she breast fed for as long as she was on maternity leave, which was about 3 months. But once she started working, breast feeding was not an option because we already knew that pumps didn't really work for her. So we formula fed our daughter. And you know what? She's doing just fine. We've never had any significant health problems with her.
True story: I was never breast-fed. I've never had any significant health problems. Hell, I've never had anything worse than strep-throat. I've turned out to be a fairly intelligent and pretty damn healthy human being.
So what the fuck Bloomberg? You're trying to push your bullshit on everyone as if you even have the power to do so. If this shit happens, then I would consider it a seizure of powers that a mayor in a democratic society does not have. It would then be up to the people to wrest that power from him.
No fucking person in government has the power to tell us what to feed our children. They should not make it difficult for us to feed our children whatever we want. It's honestly none of their god damned business. Every single fucking women's rights activist in this nation should be up in arms about this.
Bloomberg is a Democrat, so my guess is he's pro-choice. If it's not the government's business to go poking it's nose in a woman's uterus, then it's sure as shit not the government's business to go poking its nose in what we feed our babies.
To Bloomberg and all of the asshats who agree with him: Piss the fuck off and mind your own business. Assholes.