July 30th, 2012
08:23 PM ET

Mayor Bloomberg takes on baby formula; encouraging women to breastfeed in NYC hospitals

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking  on baby formula. Starting in September, Bloomberg will implement his "Latch on NYC" initiative.

Under this plan, most city hospitals will keep formula out of plain sight to encourage new moms to breastfeed. Moms who still want to bottle-feed still can, but nurses would have to sign out the baby formula.

Is this a step too far for the mayor?
Outfront tonight: Rene Syler, CEO and founder of goodenoughmother.com and Kristen Howerton, a blogger for rageagainsttheminivan.com.

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  1. Kristine

    Until Mr. Bloomberg can give birth and take care of an infant, he needs to mind his own business. And by the way, this is just an attempt to cut costs in public assistance programs.

    August 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  2. jeanne

    I agree with Debbie., New mom, new baby- breastfeeding. I love Mayor Bloomberg's mindset!!! yay

    August 5, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
  3. Debbie

    Think about all the thousands of dollars saved if more new mother's breastfeed their babies. Breastmilk is free, is ready-to-feed and contains what a newborn needs. Most new mothers, even if they work, have at least 6 weeks at home. That six weeks of breast milk gives the baby a great start on its immunities. Many low-income women depend on government programs to supply formula – newborns are often allergic to or cannot tolerate the formula, which ends up costing money in medical bills, wasted formula and buying new formula, not to mention all the discomfort to the infants involved and late nights filled with babies crying with tummy aches. If you've ever spent a few days or nights caring for a newborn whose stomach is so upset they are projectile volmiting formula almost as soon as they drink it, then you know what I'm saying.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  4. Cherries

    He seems to really care about a person's health, inside and out. But he has to realize you cannot control others into doing what's best for them. We know breast is best and soda's bad for you, but you can't dictate everyone's lives. You can encourage and educate, but that's as far as government should go.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  5. edmundburkeson

    This goes well beyond nanny state. This is like robot brain state. Its like he thinks that all he need do is make the suggestion and somehow a switch should turn on in the brain of the populace that makes them mimmick his words. "Yes ... must breastfeed ... Breastfeed good ... baby formula bad." Is the government doing experiments again in New York? Does the metal detector go off when Bloomberg walks through for no apparent reason?

    July 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • j

      So keeping formula out of view of new mothers is "robot brain state"? That's one of the stupidest things I've ever read - and I regularly read comment sections around the web, so I read a *lot* of stupid things. Did you put your tinfoil hat on too tightly today or something?

      July 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • edmundburkeson

      My dear friend, you are accusing me of what I just accused Bloomberg and those who follow him of, namely putting your brain in neutral allowing the government to think and make choices for you. So would you mind explaing how that is stupid?

      July 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply

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