Point One For the Home Team
This is a great moment, showing that the ban the bags campaign is getting some real results. New York mommas are no longer being sent home with formula cans, coupons for formula, "helpful information", etc. but instead are receiving "...a tote bag stuffed with disposable nursing pads, a mini-cooler for breast-milk bottles, and pint-sized T-shirts for the babies that proudly declare "I eat at mom's." (this is me jumping up and down in excitement!!!
When I left the hospital with my first two children, I was given a 'goody bag' chocked full of disposable diapers from Huggies, coupons from Emfamil, helpful pumping tips from Gerber, and two whole cans of powdered formula with two single servings of ready-to-nipple, already mixed formula. With the twins, I was given TWO of these bags. And I tell you... what a relief they were when I encountered ANY problems with nursing - I didn't have to fret, TRY to continue to nurse successfully, or worry about running out to the store at 3am. It was so convenient. Bless those formula freebies. I just nippled and popped those bad babies into my kids mouths and I assuaged my grief and guilt by saying 'well, I didn't buy the stuff'. (are these letters dripping with cynicism or what??)
With my last birth, I was much wiser and stronger. I took out the formula, coupons, and 'pumping information' and left it on the counter. With no formula in the cupboards, I found I was not nearly as easily tempted when we encountered sore nipples, mastitis, clogged ducts, and teething. I will not attribute ALL of our breastfeeding success to no freebie formula, but it did make breastfeeding a lot easier to remove said temptation.
Now it looks like women will not have that temptation as an option at all in some hospitals!!!
I am happy to report that there is a wonderfully progressive hospital in NY that has chosen to NOT hand out free cans of formula anymore with their goodie bags for new moms upon leaving the hospital! I cannot gush on these people enough!! If you haven't read the news on it, please do!!!
And, as NBC reports on the ban, MBC is celebrating this landmark event.
And finally, on the other hand, there are idiots (sorry reporters) still running around angry at the world for their shortcomings and demanding free things like they deserve them. Sorry for the bitter tone.