April 7th, 2012
As Governor, Romney Dove Into Breastfeeding Debate
By Andrew Kaczynski
In 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Public Health sought to become the first state in the nation to ban giveaways women typically receive after giving birth. The gifts were generally a bag, sponsored by the baby formula companies, that contained infant formula along with coupons and other various items for newborns. The Department of Public Health contended they were part of a corporate effort to stop women from breastfeeding their newborns and that breastfeeding was the healthier option.
Romney sought to make sure women had full access to those parting gifts given when they left the maternity ward and took issue with the Department’s decision. The Romney Administration argued the issue was not one of health, but of choice, and requested that the issue be discussed more broadly before any decision was made.