Cuts to the WIC Infant Formula program?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Cuts to the WIC Infant Formula program?
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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 4:19pm

How do you feel about the recent talk about Obama cutting back on the WIC infant formula program? Should the program be cut, or would such cuts harm poor children? Do you think that the program should contine as it is and perhaps even grow?

Or has this program reached its limit? Is it time for "mothers to start using their own natural resources to feed their children"?

"As for Obama's invocation of baby formula for poor children, most doctors and nutritionists have been insisting for years that mother's milk is best for babies. Still, some mothers cannot nurse. OK, let's imagine a federal program that subsidized formula only for poor women who cannot nurse. Would it look anything like the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program? Fully 51 percent of infants now get WIC funding, along with 25 percent of young children. Is a majority of infants in the United States poor?

Even the most heart-stirring of liberal programs — formula for babies! — has become bloated beyond reason and could easily be cut."

The facts about the WIC:

http://www.faqs.org/nutrition/Smi-Z/WIC-Program.html - This data shows 45% participation between 1975-1995.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/26wifypart.htm - 9,172,000 participated in WIC in 2010 ( is that families or each family member?). Only 4,500,000 million babies were born last year.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2004
Tue, 02-22-2011 - 7:18am

just adding my .02 on the end.

i was 19 when i had ds1. formula wasn't an option due to cost. i don't think it os bad to push bf on those who can't afford to have options. There are plenty of things we had to forgo because we couldf not afford them, that was one my kid actually benefited from

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 02-21-2011 - 2:27pm

I would be ok with cutting back on the WIC Infant Formula program if that money was then used for a better WIC Breastfeeding program.

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Registered: 02-20-2011
Sun, 02-20-2011 - 12:17pm
Thanks :)
Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 02-20-2011 - 12:04pm

Viola, have I welcomed you before? Since the iVillage changeover, I am having a terrible time remembering who is new and who is an occasional poster. So if I haven't welcomed you yet...

welcome

Welcome to the debate board. It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 02-20-2011 - 12:01pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-20-2011
Sun, 02-20-2011 - 11:54am

I don't necessarily think that the program should be cut, I think it should be refocused to promote breast feeding. Or that as a condition of the program, that mothers should have to try breastfeeding in order to be eligible. I mean, some people say that its wrong to make that

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Registered: 01-07-2005
Sun, 02-20-2011 - 9:40am







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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sun, 02-20-2011 - 9:29am

They are given a free diaper bag, free formula, lots of pamphlets and ads from formula companies when they leave the hospital. This is an implied encouragement to formula feed.

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 11:27pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2006
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 11:15pm

That's an interesting point and perspective. Actually, the opposite is what is happening. So many women without financial means are really coerced (that is a great word) into using formula. They are given a free diaper bag, free formula, lots of pamphlets and ads from formula companies when they leave the hospital. This is an implied encouragement to formula feed. This is the same population with worse obesity and type 2 diabetes rates. From a public health perspective, this is irresponsible. Also from an individual perspective, it's not fair and implies that poor women may not have the social/emotional resources to breastfeed.

I think it's a cop out of some sort to say that each woman has the right to decide what to do with her breasts and how to feed her baby. I agree in theory, but the playing field is not level between breast and formula feeding. We have cultural taboos so strong that the idea of baring a breast in public makes breastfeeding mothers feed their baby in a public restroom - EEW-, lots of barriers to learning about breastfeeding (when for example, pediatricians are not even trained in breastfeeding basics), free formula given I bet to almost all moms who deliver. Actually, women now are NOT allowed the right to decide, they are pushed into using formula. I think it's time to push the other way but I really don't know how.

Obviously this irritates me and my pants are on fire right now.

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