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Thursday, August 02, 2007We knew that World Breastfeeding Week would bring out some folks that are none to happy with the lactivist world. We've already seen it in action this week on shows like The View, where the hosts criticized New York City's new ban on free formula in public hospitals.
If you haven't read anything that ticked you off yet this week, let me point you to a winner of an editorial over at The New York Post.
Columnist Andrea Peyser must be filling like her email inbox has been a little dusty lately. I can't think of any other reason she'd allow her name and email address to be attached to an opinion piece like this.
TAKE it from a mom. The pressure to breast-feed can make a new mother feel as if she lives in a forced-labor camp - where the uniform is half-nude.
It's getting worse.
Now the city has gone beyond propaganda. As The Post reported yesterday, it has banned free formula - the item that nourished an entire generation - from goodie bags sent home with moms at all 11 Health and Hospitals Corp.-run hospitals.
I find her choice of words..."nourished an entire generation" to be interesting.
Anyone out there know the definition of the word nourished?
According to Princeton's Wordnet site...
nourished: being provided with adequate nourishment
Hmm...let's look up a few more words, shall we?
adequate: about average; acceptable
nourish: to feed and cause to grow
So...technically...I could rewrite her statement to say formula is the food that "fed an entire generation enough to grow and be average."
Woo boy. Now there's a ringing endorsement. Call me crazy, but I actually aspire to be ABOVE average and encourage my kids to do the same.
Now, want to read the kicker? Oh, you'll really love this part.
At Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan yesterday, the staff was giddy about the formula ban.
Breast-feeding "decreases breast and ovarian cancer in the mother. There's less postpartum depression, more bonding and less child abuse," said a pleasant "breast-feeding coordinator" named Dianne Velez.
Then, she said, "They have higher IQs! The IQs of breast-fed babies are 1 to 2 points higher."
Wow. That was enough to make this mother feel guilty for yanking the breast before my kid hit 16. But when I asked Velez for statistics, she did not have them.
"There are studies on this. We're not making things up," said Dr. Sari Kaminsky, the chief of obstetrics.
"The idea is to educate women positively about all the benefits of breast-feeding."
But renegade docs making stuff up is exactly what may be happening.
Leading Manhattan shrink Dr. Shari Lusskin has told me that "some of my colleagues believe the data is made up."
Let's use a shrink to tell us how all those facts and studies and bits of data about improved health due to breastfeeding are all just figments of our imagination.
Some days, I find myself amazed at what the mainstream media will print.