A woman is complaining about not being fed at Waikato Hospital. When you read the article you are led to believe that the breast-feeding nazis are at it again, but then when you think about it some more you get the feeling that this woman seems to have an entitlement mentality that is so prevalent in New Zealand.
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The mother of a sick baby in hospital was told she didn’t qualify for meals because she wasn’t breastfeeding.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said she would complain to the Waikato District Health Board over its policy.
She is staying at Waikato Hospital’s paediatric ward in Hamilton while her premature 5-month-old son recovers from a lung infection.
On her first night in the ward, a nurse told the mother of three that she would not receive meals because she did not breastfeed her baby.
“It was the way she worded it. She said, ‘Because you’re not breastfeeding, you won’t get meals here’,” the mother said.
The 32-year-old said it hurt because she wanted to breastfeed all three of her children but had struck severe food allergies and reflux, making bottlefeeding with prescription formula the only option. (more…)
Now there is evidence to suggest that breast really is best.
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Mothers have been urged to breastfeed for longer, with new research indicating it improves child intelligence and language.
Scientists have found that longer breastfeeding, even when it is not exclusive, leads to higher intelligence scores at age seven.
Compared with bottle-fed children, seven-year-olds breastfed for the first year of life were likely to score four points higher in a test of verbal IQ. (more…)
All this talk about troughers got me thinking about what they’re really wanting. Wet nursing and milk banking is all fun and games, but the one that has serious implications on New Zealand is their idea of plain packaging of infant formula.
This harassment of mums is now threatening to reach a whole new level as the Brestapo take on the manufacturers of the product they so loathe.
They’ve clearly taken on the lessons of those troughers in the anti-tobacco industry and jumped ahead of the game.
The Brestapo don’t seem to care about how limiting (destroying) the branding of, for example, New Zealand’s largest company and other New Zealand companies infant formula brands will impact on this country’s global competitiveness.
The Brestapo certainly don’t care about the Government’s efforts to have Tim Groser’s head up the WTO or how Tim’s trying to explain though the laugher of our trading partners why NZ is limiting the IP rights on one of our country’s key exports.
The Brestapo don’t care.
It’s bordering on time Ryall storms into his health ministry and informs his officials that the National Government stands for Competitive Enterprise, Individual Freedom and Choice and Personal Responsibility.Comment On This Article
If you were spitting out your cup of warm milk at the post yesterday exposing Breastfeeding NZ and the amount of dosh those troughers were tucking into, then you’d better sit down.
Topping the list of Brestapo groups is one called the Women’s Health Action Trust or Women’s Health Action for short.
Having gouged out over $1 million from the public trough they clearly feel as though they’re untouchable. They’re clearly not worried about some contract they have with Jo Goodhew’s Ministry of Health, in which the work they undertake is meant to be “consistent with and maintain the actual and perceived political neutrality of the MoH”. Hell no, we’re the Brestapo.
They’ve agreed with the Ministry to fund them for, wait for it… to make complaints about the WHO Breastfeeding Code (i.e. lodge complaints against infant formula).
Hang on a second. Do you mean to say that the Ministry of Health is funding this group to make complaints about manufacturers producing infant formula for NZ mothers who struggle to breastfeed? Well yes!
But wait there’s more.
Troughers are well known for lobbying the Government – despite the so-called MoH ‘actual and perceived political neutrality’ get out of jail card, inserted into every contract. Here we have the Women’s Health Action contract stating that they are to lobby the Government.
So what you say. It doesn’t say lobbying in here, so you’re winding this up. Sadly no. Look what they state on their website right at the top of their activities…
So, yet again here we have troughers sucking up over $28,000 per month (and have been for the last 4 years at least).
I bet Tony Ryall may be starting to wonder what is going on in the bowels of his Ministry and why his Associate Ministers’ aren’t all over this like a rash.
Looks like a razor gang is needed once again to dive into the Vote Health budget.Comment On This Article
The other month I ran a series of posts Sucking on the Taxpayers Tit. This followed exposure of a state funded Breastfeeding hui in Wellington that ran on 5 July 2012.
The Minister responsible Jo Goodhew, didn’t seem to know anything about the trougher’s hui (complete with its own resident stunt feeder) so I thought I’d help her out with Sucking on the taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd where they pushed for wet nursing and milk banking.
The next post followed information dripping into the tip line exposing groups behind these calls and what sort of coin they tuck from the Ministry that Goodhew oversees. To top it off, and clearly hating infant formula manufacturers’ as much as big tobacco, they started pushing for plain packs for infant formula.
These posts resulted in a torrent of comments from the female members of the WO army.
Even MSM whored into the issue with claims of Brestapo tactics that were happening around the country with new mums’ outraged at the behaviour of the breastfeeding police.
Since then, the dripping of information about these groups into the tip line has increased to a near torrential flood. I promised I’d continue to look at this and I’m a man of my word.
Let’s start with the NZ Breastfeeding Authority as they seemed to defend the brestapo tactics being utilised around the country.
These smiling troughers have been tucking into a whopping $416,250 each year for the past 6 years from Jo Goodhew’s Ministry of Health for providing ‘Baby Friendly Co-ordination’.
So where does the dosh go? The biggest chunk, $210,000, naturally goes into paying the salaries. $112,000 pays for their computers, travel costs, meals and accommodation as they race around the country looking busy. To top it off, $94,000 helps to pay for their office rent, rates, power, insurance, Board meetings and the good old cleaner.
It’s no wonder then that the NZ Breastfeeding Authority’s Julie Stufkins and Raeleen De Joux seem quite happy to attend breastfeeding hui in Wellington and talk about more restrictions on infant formula manufacturers, when $37,000 is being pumped into their bank account each month.
That money is supposedly meant to be spent on the coordination and support for the implementation of a so-called Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. But as we’ve seen, this initiative is anything but friendly.
The feminists in the Labour Party have silenced poor old Trevor again. I am wondering whether Trevor’s non-PC antics and attitude actually belong in the Labour Party or somewhere on the West Coast or Deep South under a rock? I encourage more of it, the entertainment is worth the price of the sick-in-back-of-mouth-feeling visiting the feminist blogs alone.
Trevor is now offending feminists and academics and those in his own Party membership more than I do. Is he crazy? Has he fallen off the cycle once too often? I mean, I would not even post that latest effort for fear my female friends would kick me where it hurts.
If Trevor cries ladies I say give him boobies. A full frontal from the feminist and Rainbow division of members limited to his age and over. That would teach him.
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The other week I let the Whaleoil army know about a bunch of troughers sucking on the taxpayers’ tit. The response was interesting and indicated strongly held views.
My spies have even told me that Minister Jo Goodhew’s office (who you ask?) was deeply concerned about the comments flowing forth from that breastfeeding hui – not the least the idea of a wet nurse or a milk bank or banning NZ exports of infant formula.
True to my word, I’ve been looking at these troughers. The tip line has also provided a treasure trove of information about some of these groups. What I was surprised about was just how deep some of them were in the government’s public trough.
Here’s a list (it’s not conclusive by the way).
It’s not conclusive as it doesn’t show other hangers-on, for example an outfit called Quigley & Watts. But more on them later.
What’s interesting is that the list above comes directly from the Goodhew’s Ministry of Health. What I’m interested in is what some of these other troughers are getting – yes the ones coming up with weird and novel ideas.
Naturally, I have more documents dripping in from the tip-line. So if you’re on this list, you’re also on WO’s list of troughers – and that is not a good list to be on.Comment On This Article
Yesterdays post about troughers really fired up the WO army. Seems Jo Goodhew has a few problems on her hands as more surprises keep popping up – something Government’s don’t like.
We’ve seen a state funded hui/stakeholder consultation of health groups pushing for plain packaging and dedicated taxes on infant formula together with bans on NZ exports. Fonterra doesn’t seem to appreciate what’s coming their way, but never let it be said I didn’t warn them.
Up first is the concept of a ‘Wet Nursing’ programme, an idea flowing from the Christchurch earthquake crisis where mum’s were stressed out and struggled to breast feed naturally.
For Kiwi blokes, this means some random lactating woman turns up at your front door, flops out her tits for the young fella to have a suck on, while the missus sits there and watches.
On the other hand if this woman turned up knocking on your door, offering to ‘wet nurse’ your infant, many dads would not only be more than happy to welcome her into their home, but wish they were 2 years old as well. Don’t think the mums would be, though
Another idea latched onto (excuse the pun) by these troughers is that of a ‘human milk banking’ system. Apparently during times of crisis, like Christchurch, a Government funded (of course) milk bank would kick into action, sending litres of chilled breast milk down to the starving infants whose mothers are too stressed to breast feed naturally. These troughers just can’t stand the idea that mums might consider buying infant formula.
So we’d have a Kiwibank styled ‘Milk Bank’. I can just see Simon Power’s Westpac Bank all outraged about the competition. Would this lead to mums popping along to the local branch of the Milk Bank, taking out a deposit?
Meanwhile Fonterra and other infant formula producers can all go and take a bath, as these troughers would rather crawl over broken glass than have infant formula as a ready solution to mums struggling to breast feed.
So who are these troughers… all will be revealed soon enough.Comment On This Article
Each day the tip-line runs hot with scurrilous tit-bits of the untoward. A lot comes out of Wellington, home of that pinko Farrar as well as busy-body bureaucrats determined to run a Sir Humphrey view of a clear conscience, plotting ways to push through their own pet projects.
As one of the largest bureaucracies in New Zealand, the Health Ministry is also one of the largest recipients of public money with Vote:Health receiving a solid whack of about $14b each Budget.
Recently the tip line has provided an insight into the nefarious activities of some of the groups literally sucking on the taxpayer’s tit. There’s a lot so I’ll do a series of posts on this.
Early last month breast feeding advocates converged on Wellington for a state funded hui or “stakeholder consultation” at the airport’s convention centre. As this involves some serial troughers I think some sunlight into this area is required.
On the basis that mothers should breast feed their babies if they can, the question is what happens if they can’t. And this is where it gets interesting.
As with most Ministry of Health funded cardigan wearing groupies, it seems the more extreme ideas the better. Pull together a group of breast feeding advocates (activists) and there’s little talk about actually helping mums with breast feeding, instead it’s about big business scaremongering.
The likes of Fonterra should be very worried.
These women’s groups are now calling for plain packaging of infant formula akin to Turia’s recent brain fart that’s bound to see NZ brought before the courts by those evil tobacco companies. They call for an infant formula tax to be placed on the manufacturers. They even suggest that infant formula should only be allowed on prescription from a GP like a heroin addict.
To top it off they even call for New Zealand not to sell infant formula to the world because it was “morally wrong” even though infant formula is sold at 10x the value of milk powder and is a big export earner (conveniently forgetting that export dollars are how mad huis like these can actually be held).
Basically they are trying to equate formula with addictive, carcinogenic poisons and drugs. It is shameful.
And to top it all off this ‘hui’, stakeholder consultation or whatever you want to call it, also had an earth mother ‘stunt feeder’ attend, sitting there breast feeding her baby throughout the meeting without saying a word. I’m surprised the baby didn’t erupt with reflux having to sit through that bollocks.
This sort of nonsense by troughers literally shows how tits Wellington has become. More concerning is that the Minister responsible for all of this is Associate Minister Jo Goodhew.
I’m sure Ryall, English, Joyce and Key will be just tickled pink that a Minister is overseeing ideas that can damage one of New Zealand’s leading exporters.Comment On This Article
My kids were breast fed, because they could be, and given their extreme allergies at that time of their life it was lucky they could be. Some mothers just can’t or won’t, so what. That doesn’t mean one is more right than the other.
But from my extremely selfish man’s view breast-feeding was a whole lot of awesome.
I didn’t have to get up at night to feed the little monsters, not equipped you see. I never had to sterilise bottles, or worry about the right temperature, again the milk was already pre-packaged in an appealing, correctly heated package….again not equipped.
And the single number one reason why I think breast-feeding was good for ME…the kids shit doesn’t stink…seriously…it just doesn’t on breast fed babies.
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