This isn’t a topic specific to working moms, but when I heard about it, I stopped the Precor that was working me into a sweat and listened. I was a the gym this morning, watching the Today Show (love my daily TV fix at the gym!) and there was a story about New York City government’s new program to promote breastfeeding. As part of this program, all formula, bottles, and promotional materials from formula companies are being removed from the 11 public hospitals in New York City. Instead, each woman who gives birth at one of these hospitals will be given materials to promote breastfeeding. (They didn’t list them, but in one image that flashed across the screen I saw a nursing bra - how do they know the size? - and some brochures.)
I did breastfeed my daughter for 6 months and it was difficult, painful, and annoying because I had to pump 3x at work once I went back after maternity leave. I did it because I wanted to and because I thought I was doing the right thing. It was my choice.
But that’s the point - it was my choice and if I had chosen to formula feed her instead, that would have been my choice also. I think the government has a duty to educate its citizens - and all prevailing medical research suggests that breast-milk does have benefits over formula - but has no right to force these types of personal choices.
In other words, this really ticks me off and more so because I consider myself a New Yorker for life.
What do you think? Do you think this is the right move to help educate new moms about best options for their kids? Or is this a ridiculous intrusion by the government into moms’ personal choices and yet another way to pressure moms to be perfect? (Yes, my bias is clear.)
Share your thoughts!