Mayor Bloomberg does a great Saturday Night Live comedy sketch parodying his reputation as Nanny Bloomberg. His latest routine was to ban New York City hospitals from handing out free baby formula.
What’s that? It’s not a comedy skit symbolizing the where he thinks the entire society should be? You mean it’s real?
The mayor and the city government have determined that manufacturers of baby formula are working against the best interests of helpless babies by getting hospitals to hand out free samples of baby formula.
There is a breast-feeding advocacy group in Massachusetts that thinks the mayor has done a public service. The lady who runs the group says hat free gifts to new mothers is “a very potent form of marketing by manufacturers.”
It’s almost a crime against humanity. It must be stopped! That’s because hospitals should be “in the business of providing health care, not marketing pricey products to vulnerable patients.”
Who are these vulnerable patients? One reporter found one. The woman’s name is Beth Schwartz, mother of four. “In a moment of weakness, I defaulted to the formula. The fact that the hospital gave it to me led me to use it, because I might not otherwise have gone out to buy it.”
Schwartz said her doctor didn’t know enough about breast-feeding to instruct her, and she should have gone to a lactation consultant who could have helped her. The now 46-year-old mother did exactly that for her second baby.
Apparently, Mayor Bloomberg has noticed a frightening shortage of lactation consultants. While the city awaits the arrival of a small army of lactation consultants, all properly tested by the city and licensed, the mayor thinks that if a woman like Mrs. Schwartz can be fooled by marketing experts hired by manufacturers of baby formula, every woman in the city is vulnerable. No more!
Call this “Dr. Bloomberg’s anti-formula for political success.” He wants babies right where he wants the entire population on New York City.