New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has developed a new ban on baby formula as a part of his quest to make New York City healthier.

Bloomberg is no stranger to leading health-related bans. He raged war against smoking in the Big Apple which led to a smoking-ban in city parks. He also created an initiative toward eliminating the sale of sugar-saturated drinks greater than 16 ounces to battle obesity.

Bloomberg is supporting the breast-feeding campaign by creating a new program entitled “Latch on NYC.” The new program deters hospitals from using baby formula in an effort to encourage new mothers to breast feed.

“Most of the public health officials around the country think that this is a great idea. I gather that the immunities that a mother has built up get passed along to the child so the child is healthier,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg’s “Latch NYC” initiative is the most restrictive breast-feeding program in the country.

Within the program, hospitals will no longer be allowed to give new mothers “swag bags” which include baby formula. If a hospital does give a newborn a baby bottle, they are required to document it on a medical need basis only.  

“I kind of find it hard to believe that he can do that,” Upper West Side resident Elizabeth Passarella said. “I don’t think it should be something legislated by the government. Obviously, mothers should have that choice.

 “It’s up to the mother to choose what’s right for her and her child. I don’t think the government should be doing anything to prevent the mom from being a mother and making her own decisions,” added Lisa Tacy, also of the Upper West Side.

Mothers who request a bottle for their babies and refuse to participate in the program will receive a lecture on why they should breast feed instead.

“I think breast feeding is a good idea and I think mothers should be educated and helped in the process, but I don’t think they should be denied the option to use formula,” added Christine Zinbelmann of Washington Heights.

A ban on baby formula is only one stop on Bloomberg’s crackdown against unhealthy lifestyle options. He admits that he’s not finished yet.

“Anything that we can think of that will improve your health,” the mayor said. “Life expectancy in New York City is three years greater on average in the U.S. Why don’t you just focus on the big number?”

So far, 27 of NYC’s 40 hospitals have agreed to the program which begins on September 3.

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5 thoughts on “Mayor Bloomberg Bans Baby Formula

  1. truthsmack on said:

    This news should be covered on this site.

    Two Jonesboro, Arkansas officers are on administrative leave while police investigate how a 21-year-old man was shot in the back seat of their patrol car.

    21-year-old Chavis Carter was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck that was pulled over by police before 10 p.m. Saturday night, WREG reports.

    According to Officer Keith Baggett, Officer Ron Marsh found “some marijuana” and several plastic baggies when he searched Carter. A quick check turned up a warrant on Carter in Mississippi, where he lived.

    The cops then handcuffed him, searched him again, and put him in the back seat of the patrol car. As officers searched the pickup truck, Baggett claims he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” on his trunk and saw Marsh motion to him.

    According to police, the thumping noise was Carter shooting himself in the head — despite his hands being cuffed behind his back. Though officers searched Carter twice, they claim they missed the handgun that Carter allegedly used to shoot himself. Carter later died at a local hospital.

    “Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun,” Jonesboro Police Sergeant Lyle Waterworth said.

    “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” said Carter’s mother, Teresa. She noted that her son was left-handed but he suffered a gunshot wound to his right temple.

    The investigation into the shooting continues.

  2. truthsmack on said:

    Some people just want to argue for the sake of hearing themselves talk. Here is a man with access to statistics and information normal people can’t get becasue of politics and money. He is showing the masses that this country is the biggest drug dealer ever and the profits are ridiculous. it’s profitable to keep you sick. A mayor is bannign baby formula it’s a reason for it. it’s the answer to the question ” why are kids so big these days” “why are they developing so fast” The answer is right in front of you of you open your eyes and look. Our grandparents didn’t have formula or a life of fast food. That’s why thier life expectancy is so much higher than it is today.

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