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New York City Mayor Promotes Breast Feeding

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Go Mayor Mike! I always knew I sort of liked you, even though you are a Republican. But now I think you’ve won me over.
The New York Post is reporting that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending more than $2 million to get city run hospitals to promote breastfeeding.
“We don’t yet have any hospitals in New York City that meet national ‘baby-friendly’ standards,” Bloomberg’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said at a parenting conference last week.
“That means getting formula out of the nursery. It means putting the baby on the breast immediately after birth. It means that every person who interacts with that mother and child is supportive and encouraging of breast-feeding.”

According to the Post, Deborah Kaplan, chief of the Health Department’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, says the days of hospital goody bags filled with formula freebies are over. Hospitals will now give new moms ice packs to keep pumped breast milk fresh.
The Gothamist covered this one as well.
The man who doesn’t want you to smoke in City bars or clog your coronaries with sweet, sweet trans fats now wants to do something healthy for the tiniest and newest New Yorkers…City health commissioner, Thomas Frieden, wants babies to dine on nothing but their mothers’ breast milk for the first six months of life. Right now, about 75% of New York mommies breast feed their babies but nearly 40% stop before the six month mark.
It’s nice to see a politician promote breastfeeding.
Oh, and by the way, it seems fitting that we can say Happy Birthday to you too, Mayor Mike.

One Response to “New York City Mayor Promotes Breast Feeding”

You should not have linked to the Gothamist site, which is NOT a legitimate news source, but an opinion site. The person there “reporting” is Kapil Desai, who as a breasts-are-sex-objects MAN, is also studying to be a part of the medical establishment. It’s the same institution that pushes formula and antibiotics and other toxins to our children, and OUR bodies, if we let them.

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