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.