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Stop Forcing Us to Breastfeed




Before you get all blah-blah-blah on me, I’m a proponent of breastfeeding. I actually breastfed my baby … until I had to stop breastfeeding and bottle feed her because of a medical condition she acquired. That’s why I’m a  little annoyed that New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now put breastfeeding on his radar–more importantly, he is targeting formula in hospitals and plans to start putting it under lock and key in September.


Bloomberg’s “Latch on NYC” campaign is meant to “encourage” breastfeeding by not having formula readily available. Instead, moms will have to sign out formula each time they need it to feed their baby.Every two hours. On top of new mom hormones and exhaustion and getting used to a new little one.

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Look, I know it sounds ridiculous to say it’s just “one more thing,” but after 21 hours of labor and delivery and my own hormones and extra medical issues for both me and my newborn, I burst into tears when they came in to take the baby’s picture and I didn’t have an outfit. If I had to go down to the nurses’ station to sign out formula at 3 a.m., it may have sent me over the edge.

And, how about the moms who aren’t comfortable breastfeeding or actually can’t produce enough milk to breastfeed?

I’m all for educating on breastfeeding and having resources available at hospitals, but making moms, who either choose to bottle feed or have to bottle feed, feel like outcasts by hiding formula isn’t the answer.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really tired of everyone else telling me what is best for my kid … and your kid. I do happen to think breastfeeding is the best thing for babies, but guess what? I’m not the mom of your baby, I’m the mom of my baby. So I’ll make the decisions that are best for my child, while you make the decisions that are best for your child. Deal?

Now, if they would only let us…


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Along with being a contributor to, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate.


  1. Amanda

    July 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    What about the moms who have HIV and can’t breastfeed for, you know, the safety of their child? Do they have to sign out formula too, or do they actually recommend that they nurse and expose their kid to the virus? ::eyeroll:: Thanks for the commentary, Jackie. I agree with so much of what you said.

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