Yes Mayor Bloomberg, you can take away the formula from hospitals. You can lecture new mothers every time they request it. You can treat it like methadone, guarding it under lock and key in hospitals or safeguarding it behind the pharmacy counter along with the Oxycontin.
Perhaps it will work. Perhaps you will create an increase in the numbers of women who can and who want to breastfeed, that do. I’ll give you a huge benefit of the doubt here, despite other significant concerns.
But then what?
Then what happens to those mothers?
Guaranteed city-funded daycare at the workplace so mothers can take their infants with them each day? Mandatory pumping breaks at any job? Separate mother/baby lounges adjacent to the restroom in any public building, store or restaurant? Declaration of nursing as a civil right? Stiff fines for individuals caught disparaging or harassing a mother who breastfeeds in a playground or cafe or store or theme park kiddie pool or God forbid an airplane?
Persecution of those who call nursing mothers “disgusting,” “inappropriate,” “exhibitionists” and “perverted?”
If you want more women to breastfeed, it’s not access to formula that’s our biggest problem.