THE GOOD NEWS: It's being done to promote breast-feeding.
THE BAD NEWS: New York City regulations now prohibit breasts larger than sixteen ounces.
Props for the 16 oz. breasts joke but "promote" breast-feeding? What promotion does it need other than government minding its own business?
I used "promote" only because "impose" seems so heavy-handed.
That being said, the article I read mentioned that, because breast-feeding purportedly (and I use that would because I'm not a parent and have no knowledge myself) gives newborns a healthier start in life, Nanny Bloomberg has decided to go this route. Formula will be provided when requested, subject to the proviso that (a) momma must ask for it, and (b) she will get a sound scolding for asking.
I've read elsewhere that Nanny Bloomberg shall henceforth be known as Wet-Nurse Bloomberg as a result of this.
Is that fair to wet-nurses? Seems an honorable profession?
Get ready for the class-action lawsuit against baby formula "corporations" and the tobacco tax-like settlement with governments far and wide.
From the Wikipedia entry on "baby formula:"
"Meanwhile breastfeeding rates are substantially lower for WIC recipients; this is partly attributed to formula being free of charge to mothers in the WIC program, who are of lower socio-economic status."
Dear Mayor Bloomberg- It would be simpler to just stop giving the crap away for free.