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More on Mother’s Milk

One definition of liberalism is the propensity to expand government by discovering problems, imposing solutions that make them worse, and then proposing solutions to those worse problems that will make them worse still. This looks like the problem we have with breastfeeding:

You missed the greatest irony of the US government advocating breast feeding: “Each month, USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC, provides infant formula at no cost to almost 2 million nutritionally at-risk infants in low-income households. In fact, over half of all infant formula sold in the United States is obtained through WIC.” Note also the graph (near the bottom) comparing breast feeding rates among WIC and non-WIC mothers.

So it turns out that the real culprit here is the federal government. Faced with the obvious – that the program might be doing more harm than good – the natural response of government is to initiate even more programs to solve the problem it helped to cause in the first place. Nice job if you can get it.

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