New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has targeted tobacco, salt and large sodas in his pursuit of a healthier population. Now the mayor is targeting a new alleged threat to public health – baby formula.
Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.
Cherlyn Harley Lebon of the Project 21 Black Leadership Council says Bloomberg is going way too far this time. She tells us the decision about how to feed a newborn baby is a very personal choice that should be left to the mother.
“Mayor Bloomberg has crossed the line … breastfeeding shouldn’t be mandated by a local government,” Lebon told WND.
Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded items like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.
Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.
“I think that puts a new mother into a very precarious position … now she has to negotiate with a nurse when she has just given birth,” said Lebon.
She says this is just the latest example of Bloomberg’s “nanny state” approach to his job.