". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm all in favor of breastfeeding . . .

. . . but I think this is inappropriate government intervention in the workplace. For those who don't feel like clicking on the link for the full story, it outlines one of the many aspects of Obamacare that are only now coming to light: a requirement that any business with 50 or more employees provide a designated space for working mothers to breastfeed or pump. If the language is similar to that in the Family Medical Leave Act, that means any company with 50 or more employees will have to provide such a room, even if individual locations within the company don't themselves have 50 or more employees.

I'm going to make a rather scandalous proposal here. What if breastfeeding moms simply stayed home with their babies? Hmmm? Then we wouldn't have an issue, would we?

It's almost as if the government is trying to make it as easy as possible for parents to leave their children in the care of others. Now why would they want to do that?


Susan K said...

I agree. I think it's a good thing to incentivize breastfeeding since it's superior to formula for mother and baby both health- and cost-wise, but this furthers the illusion that women can do it all. It won't change how hard it is for mothers who work full time to breastfeed! I say, give them all Hooter Hiders, let them use the break room and forbid their coworkers from raising a stink or making comments.

Elephantschild said...

GASP. Heaven FORBID women breastfeed or pump in their cubicles or offices! NO! The PERVERSION! ::faints::

Although, I'll admit that most cubicles do not provide enough privacy for pumping.

But making it possible for breastfeeding mommies to just be HOME with their kiddos is BY FAR the best option.