Nanny Bloomberg Seeks Baby Formula Restrictions
July 30, 2012 23 Comments
If you’ve ever wanted to see progressives get outraged discuss child rearing with them. Yours truly had no idea progressives were so thin skinned about children until my wife and I had our first kid. That’s when we got bombarded by various progressives both inside and outside of the church. From radical evolutionist parenting called attachment parenting to natural child birth and breast feeding, if my wife and I were ever looking for a fight or to be insulted and ridiculed we needed to do nothing more than oppose progressive child rearing, announce our intention to formula feed or have my wife declare an intention to have her babies in a hospital, with drugs or, gasp, even have a c-section. The wrath of progressive parents was sure to be felt for merely voicing an opposing view and sadly we unwittingly lost friends in the church over it.
With that history in mind, it surprised me not to see that Nanny Bloomberg wants to regulate baby formula. Apparently New York’s most powerful nanny wants hospitals to hide baby formula and brow beat women into breast feeding. So much for women choosing things for themselves. The anti-formula crusaders are to be found all over the place in the crunchy world of progressive parenting. These people love to whip out their breasts in public in order to shock and appall normal people going about their daily business. There’s something about progressives that’s off, they always seem in desperate need to shock people.
Like with most things in life, what you choose to do with your kids is none of my business. If you want to breast feed or formula feed your baby, what’s it to me? If you want to have a natural child birth or if you want drugs or a c-section, again what’s it to me? That’s not how these progressives view things though. They view it as their duty to “educate” people who disagree with them and gain new converts, these people border on being a pushy religious sect. If I had a nickel for every time my wife was told about the evils of formula feeding (never prompted of course) or the evils of doctors and their c-sections we would be millionaires. They view disagreement as not only a personal attack but also an attack on the progressive agenda whereas non-progressives view disagreement as just disagreement.
At the end of the day though, how you parent your kids is your business. If you want to do crazy things with them like sleep with them, breast feed them until they’re 8 years old or allow a baby to dictate your every waking moment, that’s your business. If I choose to put my kids on a schedule, formula feed them or if my wife chooses to have a c-section, what business is that of yours? If only it were that simple. The progressives believe they know how to run my life better than I do and as such they view it their duty to confront me on everything they consider “bad” about my parenting choices. If I won’t listen, then they’re more than willing to lobby government to write a law.
The laws begin with Nanny Bloomberg outlawing baby formula. Next thing you know Obamacare won’t pay for C-sections. Next thing you know Child Protective Services will knock on the door of families who don’t sleep together in the same bed. We conservatives will scratch our head the entire time and wonder what’s going on. Our mistake is that we have no idea what the progressives are up, we have no idea how far their tentacles reach not just in government but in philosophy. We’ve written off progressives as being anti-child because they’re pro-abortion. In reality, they have a very clear agenda that extends to parenting. So far reaching is their agenda that it has infected what would otherwise be conservative churches.
Next time Nanny Bloomberg comes out with another absurd regulation or demand, keep in mind he’s following the progressive agenda to the letter. Nothing he does should surprise us, even when he wants to severely regulate baby formula. Anyone who is surprised by Bloomberg’s attacks on need only check out the agenda at Mothering Magazine and Gentle Christian Mothers. If these people want to do weird parenting things with their kids, that’s their business. But the problem is they want to not only confront the rest of us and attack our methods but they’re willing to demand government pass laws to further their agenda. Thus, Nanny Bloomberg is in lock step with the progressive mothers. We conservatives need to do a better job of understanding these people.