Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

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.


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