i am pleased to report that the ban the bags campaign is showing some real results and in new york city, mamas are no longer sent home with the standard tubs of formula, breastfeeding "information" (put out by said companies ill add), 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." whoot whoot!
we received one of those lovely Enfimil sponsored bags at the hospital but we took the cooler and breastpads and left the rest. i didn't need anything undermining my determination to breastfeed afterall, which i feel is what those primarily do. for us it is the only feeding method we are comfortable with and honestly it isn't always easy in the beginning. it's a learning experience on both sides of the
here's my thing, and im sure ive said this before. anything worthwhile cannot and will not come from the top of the pyramid (government) downward (to the people). that is why grassroots movements are so so important. one voice is still one voice and darn it shout it from the rooftops little soldiers! the government will give us what we demand that we deserve. if we don't demand a change we won't get one. my world is the one i am concerned with and i can take or leave the influence of the government on this topic. i'd be much happier if there was a standard LLL (or reputable equivalent) sponsored bag given to everyone unless they request a formula sponsored one. rethink and redefine the standard but don't make the choice unavailable.