THINK POLITICS is a brutal, hateful business? Try motherhood. And look at the flood of triumph and frustration that poured onto the Internet last weekend, after Rhode Island hospitals announced they would stop giving out formula gift bags in maternity wards.
The “ban the bag’’ movement considers this a substantial victory against a global anti-breastfeeding conspiracy. Apparently, the thinking goes like this: Breastfeeding is hard; women are weak; formula is an easy out. So if that can of Similac is instantly available, it’s too likely that women will succumb.
But the backlash proves that women don’t take kindly to the prospect of being saved from themselves.
Read the full column from the Boston Globe here.