Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Who gives a Whoopi?

There is some fuss about the reaction of Whoopi Goldberg on The View to the new breastfeeding initiative being put together by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. She seems to really get up in arms about people trying to "force" her to breastfeed. I used to be a huge fan of Whoopi and now I'm not sure what to think. She says more than anyone else about this issue, but her comments aren't even the ones that stood out to me the most as being alarming...

Check out Elisabeth Hasselbeck specifically at 2:28 into the video. She says it "it has to be balanced, it has to be restrained..."

How else will we balance the natural option versus the formula company's marketing? Who will restrain the formula samples and prizes pushed on mothers?

I was pleased that Sherri Shepherd spoke very highly of the nursing experience, even though she was unable to nurse herself.

How do you feel about the initiative? What exactly is an "initiative," anyway? What do you think about these women using this popular public forum to... bash breastfeeding?


  1. I think they don't want to offend advertisers.

  2. The one person who tries to make sensible comments about WHY the baby-friendly initiative is important (ie, offering formula may disrupt the supply and demand of breastfeeding) is pretty much ignored. I don't understand why people think this is about forcing women to breastfeed--it's about not interfering (intentionally or otherwise) with those who already WANT to.

    And free formula ain't free, folks. The cost is built in what's sitting on the shelves in the store.


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