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Let me guess — the SEIU is going to be getting into the breast pump and nursing pad business:
First lady Michelle Obama will be speaking out to remove barriers to breastfeeding, Politics Daily has learned, throwing the spotlight on nursing as a way to reduce childhood obesity.
This comes as the Obama administration in the past year has made several moves to encourage breastfeeding — including a push for more flexible workplace rules and an Internal Revenue Service ruling on Thursday that breast pumps and other nursing supplies qualify for tax breaks.
Mrs. Obama — who has spoken in public about nursing her youngest daughter, Sasha — is going to tread carefully in what might be a sensitive area for some women — and not use her bully pulpit to directly ask more women to breast feed.
“Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman,” Kristina Schake, Mrs. Obama’s communications chief, told Politics Daily. “We are trying to make it easier for those who choose to do it.”
I’m too old fashioned, because I thought the only barrier to breastfeeding was a shirt and a bra.
FLOTUS sure seems interested in intruding on what happens in the workplace, doesn’t she? She’s already asked employers to give employees time off to serve as youth volunteers — and now employers will be asked to give time off for breastfeeding. Nobody will abuse that, will they?
“Intruding on the private sector under the guise of promoting ‘health’… it isn’t just for government provided breakfast anymore!”
Michelle doesn’t say how old you’ll have to be to qualify as a breastfeeder either. This could get out of hand, if you’ll pardon the expression.
Might I suggest combining “Let’s Move” and “Let’s Breastfeed” into one big “Let’s Breastmove!” campaign — exercising while breastfeeding. It’ll go great with the “trick your kids until they fall down the stairs and need Obamacare” PSA campaign.
Semi-related story: The clap-off bra — not recommended for wearing near kids who are singing the “When you’re happy and you know it…” song.