Alarming News

July 31, 2012

Too dumb to decide how to feed our children

My latest for NY Post is on Mayor Bloomberg’s offensive “breastfeeding for all” initiative. I didn’t write the awesome headline.

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Posted by Karol at 10:07 AM |

In 1998, mys on was born at Beth Israel on 15th Street in Manhattan. My wife had gone to, and completely bought into, the radical anti-formula lectures of La Leche League which, among other things, accused Nestle of killing African children. Her milk did not come down right away and as 1st time parents we couldn’t understand why the baby wasn’t burpiong, peeing, or stooping his wailing although he was suckling well. Back to the hospital we went with a 1-day old with a 104 fever brought on by dehydration …the doctors at Beth Israel gave my 1-day old TWO spinal taps, countless tests and it was a nurse, several hours later who said, ‘let’s give him a bottle,’ which my wife objected to…the nurse waving her off saying one formula to supplement breast milk isn’t a problem and my kid practically grabbed the bottle out of the nurse’s hands, and sucked the formula down in two seconds, burped, and went to sleep right away. It took all my inner strength not to proceed to punch out every doctor in the pediatric emergency room for being so stupid, clueless, and lacking iun common sense. Two spinal taps and all they had to do was give him a bottle and we would have been on our way. I tell this story to every expectant parent to warn them to supplement at the start with formula. My little boy spent his first five days on this earth in the hospital. Thank goodness for the Post article.

Posted by: James Hansen at July 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thank you so much for your comment. I think the anti-formula hysteria really discounts how much good formula has done for children in a variety of situations where nursing wasn’t an option.

Posted by: Karol at July 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

James, your story is heartbreaking and outrageous. Is there somewhere to direct the anger around this proposal by the mayor?

Posted by: Elizabeth M at July 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I have seen things like James experienced. There is rarely a one size to fit all. My only exception is childhood vacines. Listening to Jim Carey and jenny mcarthy using bad research to put doubt in peoples heads makes me want to spit

Posted by: Old Grumpy Tired at August 1, 2012 at 1:18 am

my god, how everything gets politicized! what one eats and how much soda (s)he drinks is regulated in this city. and now this. is having a multi-billion$$$ business not enough for Bloomberg to exercise his control freak urges?

Posted by: Tatyana at August 4, 2012 at 6:54 am
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