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.


12 Responses to “Michelle Obama to Announce ‘Let’s Breastfeed!’ — or Something Like That”

  1. Marshall_Will on February 15th, 2011 2:51 pm

    "and an Internal Revenue Service ruling on Thursday that breast pumps and other nursing supplies qualify for tax breaks"

    Good Lord. Can we puhleeze leave 'further' manipulation of the Tax Code off of our very wives' CHESTS already? What if mom declares the tax breaks and feeds the kid Infamil ANYWAY! ( Can junior sue mumsy? )

    Huh? Did you think of 'that' Moochelle? Huh?

  2. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2011 2:59 pm

    "Did you think of 'that' Moochelle ?"

    Long answer, NOOOOOOO !! When does any one, ESPECIALLY ON THE LEFT, think any of their save-the-world ideas all the way through ??!

  3. joyannaadams on February 15th, 2011 2:57 pm

    Great punchline!

    So…what? If a woman is at work, does she get to go HOME to breastfeed the kids? Bring the baby to the office? Will a special room have to be built just for "breastfeeding?" And who says that breastfeeding a baby keeps that child skinny? I've seen some pretty fat breastfed babies.

    Will we all now be paying for breastpumps? Will "gay' mommies get equal rights to breastfeed?

    Can a person be fired for making breastfeeding jokes?

    Obama just said "Will we be cutting infant formula for infant children? It that who we are as a people?" (He is talking about the budget…I know, I know.)

    Save the babies! Save the breasts!.SAVE THE FORMULA AND BREAST PUMPS!!! .Our nation depends on it! .

    ..somebody stop me.

  4. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2011 3:10 pm

    Stop you ? You`re on a roll ! Heck, keep going, maybe someone from the O`stration is reading and might learn something !

  5. Doug on February 15th, 2011 3:28 pm

    I'm guessing the "special rooms" in workplaces will be mandatory and it'll be even more mandatory that they're built by unions. Hell, all breastfeedings will probably have to be supervised by an AFL-CIO member in order to qualify for tax breaks.

  6. Marshall_Will on February 15th, 2011 3:29 pm

    "Will we all now be paying for breastpumps?"

    Hey, why stop there? Actually, I was being a little flippant, if you have a child w/ special needs ( Schedule A Form 1040 isn't necessarily your breast friend )

    In order to derive any benefit from Deductible Medical Expenses ( you'd basically have to be on your deathbed anyway! ) Without reaching the threshold, you're SOL. Unless MO is talking about an out-right-credit, to which I will strenuously object!

    But you're right Joyanna, there's nothing more beautiful and natural than a woman nursing her child. 'I' have never objected as long as it's being done as discretely as possible under any and all circumstances. ( It's part of who we 'are' ) And we don't need FLOTUS involved in 'that'.

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  8. Annie on February 15th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Breastfeeding is most successful, and its benefits more profound when you ACTUALLY BREASTFEED and put the child to your breast and nurture him, not drag a plastic pump to work while the child sits in a vat of daycare germs being raised by people other than his parents. Would Michelle encourage moms to stay at home in order to do this? Right!

    Why? Because such a thing wouldn't encourage total dependence on the welfare state, from cradle to grave. Personal choices? As long as the personal choices fit the liberal, utopian dream. And none of those dreams better be about cheesecake or french fries.

  9. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2011 3:03 pm

    I`m with you Doug…..the only barrier to breastfeeding is a shirt and a bra ! I could add "creativity" !

    I`ve seen women breastfeeding everywhere except in a church pew; doing most everything simultaneously including driving ! They just had the creativity to cover-up with whatever was convenient ! NOT A PROBLEM !!

  10. OK_Loyalist on February 15th, 2011 3:27 pm

    Someone care to remind me what Mooooochelle was elected to ?

  11. Dancermommd on February 15th, 2011 5:06 pm

    Doug, you are too funny! I do enjoy reading your posts.

  12. Granny Jan on February 16th, 2011 2:29 pm

    Now watch the video with quotes from you and Michelle M. It's so politically incorrect that if Obamabots see it I could be history.


    This is a series. I've done two TEAM OBAMA FOOD POLICE™ before.

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