Today I woke up to this article about a new health initiative in NYC to "treat formula like any other regulated substance, keeping it locked up and given out only under certain conditions."
This makes me furious. Similar to regulating the choice of drink size, this is yet another initiative to take away our choices rather than provide us with more options to help us.
Here are the largest barriers I found to breastfeeding, none of which are being remotely addressed by this initiative:
1) It hurt a lot at first and I didn't see a lactation consultant until I was already in agony
2) My pump cost over $200 and insurance refused to contribute
3) My job was not particularly friendly to pumping
But instead of helping women to subsidize pumps, adding more lactation consultants, or doing anything to give women more protected time to pump, let's instead just take away formula for the two days the baby is in the hospital. That should do it.
Better yet, why not add a sin tax to purchase of formula? Because that's what they're saying: Giving your baby formula is a sin.