Okay, I was irritated by the ban on large sodas at fast food places in New York. I can see a lot of instances where you’d want a large soda — going on a long trip, sharing with your husband, etc. And if you really want more soda, you could just buy two. But more than anything else, who the hell is Mayor Bloomberg to tell anyone how much soda they can drink? What, are fat people children who can’t make their own decisions?
Now Bloomberg wants to put baby formula in hospital maternity wards under lock and key to encourage new moms to breast feed. “Encouraging breast feeding” sounds much better than “discouraging formula” — which means, “let’s make new moms who want to bottle feed feel uncomfortable and just bad by making them ask and then wait for formula, like they’re about to put a dangerous drug into their babies.”
I know breast feeding is good for babies. I tried it with my first and it was a disaster. I have thin, delicate skin, and after weeks of pain and bleeding and cracking, I gave up and bottle fed. My daughter has a friend who fully intended to breast feed, looked forward to it (for financial reasons as well as the baby’s health), but the baby would not latch on to the breast. His tongue is oddly shaped and he just couldn’t do it.
So why make women who want to breast feed but can’t feel guilty for having to bottle feed? You feel like a failure all the time anyway as a parent — do we really need to start that right in the hospital? And some women just don’t want to do it. That’s their right.
I’m so tired of the government telling me what to do or what I should do. I am an adult. I do my research. I can make my own damn decisions. The government spends billions a year putting out brochures telling us how to do everything, like we’re a country of idiots or children. Surely that’s enough.
If it’s not illegal, it’s not the government’s business. Bloomberg needs to quit running everyone’s lives and run the government. That’s his job — mayor, not Chief Nanny.