Sarah Palin Bashes Obama About Bf'ing

Katherine - posted on 02/20/2011 ( 56 moms have responded )

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Michelle Obama's comment that breastfeeding should be part of the "Let's Move" campaign to reduce childhood obesity is just plain logical. She wasn't telling anyone they "had" to breastfeed, no more than the IRS offering to have pumps bought through flex accounts be tax deductible is "forcing" you to buy a pump ... WIC doesn't "force" you to formula feed by offering formula either.

Yet Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had to disagree, saying it promoted a "nanny state." Right, you know, because helping women who return to work afford high-quality pumps is so terrible. Reminder: It saves the government money when women don't get formula from WIC.

Of course, Sarah Palin had to jump in the fray too. Sigh.

Now, let me remind you guys that Sarah Palin is totally supportive of breastfeeding. During the presidential campaigns, she discussed pumping in the office, "putting down the BlackBerry, and picking up the breast pump" and even declared October "Breastfeeding Awareness Month."

She definitely is a pro-breastfeeding mom, and does it while juggling some extensive work elsewhere, which earns her some Mommy-Kudos from me, for sure. But then Sarah Palin went insane and had to go and say:

No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody, ‘You better breast-feed your baby.' Yeah, you’d better, because the price of milk is so high right now.

Um. Huh?

I'm sorry but what the heck is she even talking about? Is she suggesting that an alternative to breastfeeding is cow's milk? Because it's not -- offering cow's milk before the first birthday can cause intestinal bleeding and is not recommended.

Is she supporting Obama, saying that breastfeeding saves money because formula is expensive? I seriously can't tell.

One thing is for sure though, Michelle Obama told NO ONE "you better breastfeed." They've been very, very clear that their goal, just like that of the Surgeon General, is to help prevent obstacles for women who HAVE ALREADY CHOSEN to breastfeed from interfering and preventing them from reaching their goals. Letting people know that it has the benefit of producing less obese children is just why it fits in her campaign -- just like how breastfeeding is a big part of breast cancer awareness, as it significantly reduces breast cancer rates the longer you breastfeed, even giving an advantage over women who've never had children.

So I'm left with just thinking she tried to take a shot at the First Lady and went against her normal admirable breastfeeding support platform, jumping on the bandwagon of psychos who make sane conservatives look bad, but ended up saying something unintelligible ... again, for what? To make a partisan issue out of one that totally isn't?

What do you think Sarah Palin's point was? Was she just jumping on the 'Bash Michelle Obama' bandwagon without thinking how it would support her OWN cause of breastfeeding awareness?

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Krista - posted on 02/20/2011

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Yes. I think that if Michelle Obama promoted sunshine, God and puppies, Bachmann and Palin would find a way to criticize it. They're both loonytoons.

Sara - posted on 02/20/2011

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I think Tina Fey is so talented, she'd soldier on without SP's presence...lol.

I just really dislike Sarah Palin. She is not a serious politician, she obviously does not care about being a public servant or about promoting responsible public policy. Hell, she doesn't even know anything about most public or foreign policy measures. She's a starfucker, and people think that makes her qualified to be President. NOT!

Isobel - posted on 02/22/2011

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and what...exactly, do Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama have in common? One is an intelligent woman who is promoting health for the country her husband happens to be president of and the other is an absolute idiot who has no business speaking about ANYTHING in public. period.

Katherine - posted on 02/21/2011

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I was on WIC too. They have programs for BF'ing moms and formula feeding moms.
I think BF'ng should be promoted first. And then under very extreme circumstances formula should be given.

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Amanda - posted on 04/11/2011

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@Amelia "Decades have gone by without political involvement in the personal lives of Americans. Lets keep it going. "

That’s the problem right there, go to the mall today and look around at all the adults and child. Maybe someone does have to tell the average American how to eat correctly (even from birth).

As for the comment about Obama killing the economy and causing prices to raise, he had nothing to do with the state of the American dollar, Bush Jr is who you have to thank for that, as well as lack of government regulations on banks.

Good for Mrs Obama standing up and saying what needs to be said about the state of American weight issues! Good for her telling us that breastfeeding needs to be a part of this movement to make USA a healthier place to live.

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2011

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People who have to resort to profanity have no valid argument, just want to show off the lovely words they learned in junior high.

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2011

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She was just making a statement about the cost of food, not saying we should give our babies cow milk!!! Seriously don't be so literal minded in the political field. It wasn't unintelligible it was POLITICAL, pointing out that Obama hasn't done his job fixing the economy.

Amelia - posted on 02/23/2011

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I like that Michelle Obama supports breastfeeding, but when did the lines become so blurred between politics and personal. I dont need a politician or their wife telling me what is good or not good for my children. I would like to make those decisions on my own without anyone trying to influence me. I think the whole thing with the politicians informing us is a bit off and seems way too socialistic. Let me be my own person. Decades have gone by without polticial involvement in the personal lives of Americans. Lets keep it going.

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That is so true! They do it just for the sake of debate...which often makes them look like jackasses.

Kunang - posted on 02/23/2011

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I don't think Sarah Palin has a brain, so no matter what comes out of her mouth, it won't make any sense. I've found in politics that politicians will oppose for the sake of opposing even if they agree 100%. Its absolutely ludicrous.

Krista - posted on 02/22/2011

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I applaud your efforts to bring "panache" back into the mainstream, Sara. I'm also a fan of "henceforth".

I DO like "pithy", but if I use it too often, I start thinking that it sounds like someone with a lisp saying, "pissy", and then I start to giggle, and then it just all flies to hell from there.

Sara - posted on 02/22/2011

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You know what else is a great word? "Panache". Doesn't get used enough in my opinion. :)

Krista - posted on 02/22/2011

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@April: Krista E. said it all for me! Gosh Krista, you come up with the best answers sometimes. How DO you do that???

I'm a professional spokesthingie. It's my job to come up with pithy ways to convey what other people are trying to say. : )

That'll be $200 for my consulting fee, please.

Katherine - posted on 02/22/2011

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@ Sara B, sorry this reply is so late as far as extreme circumstances. I think that someone who has tried every option and just can't BF, or someone who can't BF (for whatever reason). I just don't think people should be able to go right to formula without at least TRYING to BF.

April - posted on 02/22/2011

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Krista E. said it all for me! Gosh Krista, you come up with the best answers sometimes. How DO you do that???

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I agree with Lacye that maybe, just maybe, she was calling formula 'milk'. And then also her youngest and her grandbaby are bother over 1 year so they are likely drinking cow's milk so *maybe* it's what she's used to saying. I've referred to baby formula as 'milk' plenty of times. I'm not a supporter or a negator of Sarah Palin, but the media does twist things and play up things that are totally innocent and make it into a big issue when it's not what was intended. If I were her I'd be scratching my head and wondering how in the hell saying 'milk' got twisted into me hating on the first lady.

Shauna - posted on 02/21/2011

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Dont think she was bashing.. just venting. The cost of everything is going up. thanks Obama :)
cost of milk goes up .. so does formula.

Stifler's - posted on 02/21/2011

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The only reason I think that is that you have people starting their baby on milk out of the bottle at 8 months to save on formula and people starting to put rice cereal in the bottle and feeding their 2 month old solids to slow them down on the formula use.

Stifler's - posted on 02/21/2011

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I don't know, I've never been on welfare but I still hate the price of formula! I buy Heinz so it's pretty cheap and no skin off my nose but people who need specialty ones pay up to like $35 a tin which sometimes doesn't last a week. I don't think it should be that expensive to feed your baby IMO. That and they can get free formual, not money to decide between formula and smokes.

Angela - posted on 02/21/2011

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Oh I see,well thats awesome Jodi.

I couldnt breastFeed due to medical reasons.
it bummed me out so much!
I took classes bought books, it just killed me!

Jodi - posted on 02/21/2011

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I actually have no idea how much it is these days. It used to be about $30 a can or something when my kids were little, although I mostly breastfed.

My point was just that we HAVE a welfare system that ALL parents have access to. So that is why we don't have WIC.

Angela - posted on 02/21/2011

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Jodi,
Im not on welfare.
I dont drink or smoke and I complain about the cost of formula, how much is formula in australia, in US dollars?

Jodi - posted on 02/21/2011

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@ Emma, I think you will find that we provide greater family allowances in Australia than in the US. WIC is a part of their welfare system for families, we just receive ours in monetary payments.

Maybe if those who complained about the cost of formula gave up their cigarettes and alcohol.....

I was giving my son formula back when we were on a single minimum wage and receiving family payments accordingly, and it was totally affordable.

Angela - posted on 02/21/2011

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Emma,
I think they should have programs like that everywhere, I also think that there should be programs for people who dont have children and need assistance and NOT welfare.

Stifler's - posted on 02/21/2011

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I think we should have a program like that in Australia because that's the major gripe of people who have kids, they can't afford formula.

Angela - posted on 02/21/2011

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"Sorry the article was from cafemom. I didn't provide the link. I totally apologize."

Thanks for clearing that up Katherine :D

Angela - posted on 02/21/2011

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"But I do know that WIC will also promote breastfeeding as well and encourage it before issuing cans of formula or formula checks. There's nothing to be insulted by it, IMO. I'm a taxpayer that pays for A LOT of cans of formula. But if even one mom considered nursing over formula, well than that's $20-25 of governmental savings. I do support the above statement."

Sharon,
I couldnt breastfeed due to medical factors,and as Iput it in my post before,Iam all for Breastfeeding...Took classes,bought books I was all for it until I found out I couldnt breast feed.

"It's also a temporary program allowing the mom to not rely on WIC forever"

yes it is temporary, And a Mother can only get up until the child is 5 years old,unless she keeps popping out children and then thats just abusing the system.

Im a Tax payer as well,So I guess I really do have a part in paying for the cans of formula I recieve :D

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"Reminder: It saves the government money when women don't get formula from WIC."

I honestly have to agree with this statement. I'll also add in that there is NOTHING wrong with qualifying and participatin gin the WIC program. It's a wonderful program that provides a lot for the mom & child. It's also a temporary program allowing the mom to not rely on WIC forever. Milk, egg, bread, cheese, cereal, fresh fruit, etc there's nothing wrong with that. But I do know that WIC will also promote breastfeeding as well and encourage it before issuing cans of formula or formula checks. There's nothing to be insulted by it, IMO. I'm a taxpayer that pays for A LOT of cans of formula. But if even one mom considered nursing over formula, well than that's $20-25 of governmental savings. I do support the above statement.

Sara - posted on 02/21/2011

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Sharon, here's my definition of a starfucker:

A person or persons who uses popularity and celebrity acquaintance's to get further in business or social situations. SARAH PALIN!!!!

Katherine - posted on 02/20/2011

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Sorry the article was from cafemom. I didn't provide the link. I totally apologize.

Stifler's - posted on 02/20/2011

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It's a valid statement regardless. Palin and Bachmann think that Obama is promoting breastfeeding as a way to reduce the federal budget by not giving out so much formula on WIC is what I got out of all that.

Angela - posted on 02/20/2011

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Emma:

"Reminder: It saves the government money when women don't get formula from WIC."

And Katherine, I have to feed my daughter formula, as I stated above, and Iam also on WIC,cause im considered low income and its helpful...So this statement is irrelevant and uncalled for.

Now was this katherine talking or was it solely from the speaker of the article,cause Im confused now....there was only parts of it that were in quotes.

Stifler's - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm not sure where "that was an irrelevant and uncalled for statement Katherine" came from?

Charlie - posted on 02/20/2011

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Sarah Palin isn't exactly the brightest crayon in the box now is she so it is hard to take her seriously .

Angela - posted on 02/20/2011

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I absolutley think that Sarah Palin was jumping on the "Bash Michelle Bandwagon". Sarah Palin never has a point and always talks out of her ass.

And I love that Michelle Obama is promoting breast feeding!
I was all for breast feeding, bought books, took classes and then I found out I wasnt able to breast feed for medical reasons.


"Reminder: It saves the government money when women don't get formula from WIC."

And Katherine, I have to feed my daughter formula, as I stated above, and Iam also on WIC,cause im considered low income and its helpful...So this statement is irrelevant and uncalled for.

Stifler's - posted on 02/20/2011

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Of course she was bashing Obama. They both support breastfeeding, why not work together instead of making it some political bullshit out of it.

Rosie - posted on 02/20/2011

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it's not just sarah palin, it is a lot of the conservatives. seriously whacko stuff. they somehow feel that educating and helping those who need help continuing their BF while they go back to work, is detrimental to society, and pushing to far. i have read comments on websites about how they didn't want their kids watching disney channel anymore because michelle obama was on there talking about ways to help with childhood obesity. they seriously can't loo kpast their their disgust for this womans husband far enough to realize how fucked up that is. seriously?? i mean if they were making it policy that everybody should breastfeed then i could see the problem, but educating about it?? drink some more koolaid fucktards.

Lacye - posted on 02/20/2011

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I don't think she was trying to bash Mrs. Obama. I think when she said "milk" she really meant "formula." Or at least I hope I'm interpreting it right. With her past views on breastfeeding being so positive, I don't think she would suddenly change her mind because Michelle Obama was promoting it too. That kinda out there!

Tara - posted on 02/20/2011

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Yeah I agree Sara B, but where would Tina Fey be without good ole Sarah Palin?
LOL
I think Tina Fey should run for office.
:)

Tara - posted on 02/20/2011

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Yep she was jumping on the bash obama band wagon for sure.

It surprises me how people can so readily lose sight of their own beliefs if they happen to jive with someone from the opposing side.

Supporting women by allowing tax deductions on a good quality breast pump is a start but what about a proper maternity leave system like we have in Canada?

Why do moms have to go back to work so early or risk losing their job and having no income? With everything we know about the importance of the first year of life why doesn't the US start thinking about changing their way of thinking about moms and the importance of time with their new babies?

This doesn't mean that moms who want to go back to work shouldn't, just that those who would like to stay home for a year should be able to do so, the way we do here, with maternity leave, breastfeeding support and job security?

Sara - posted on 02/20/2011

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I wish that woman would just shut up and go away. She offers nothing of value to our political dialogue. Nothing.

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Palin can suck at my left nipple for all I care! Her ONLY agenda is promoting HERSELF and putting herself up on a pedastal! Doesn't this woman have ANYTHING kind to say about the opposition? It's clear that I am not a supporter of Palin, but as a fellow mother I can think of a lot of positives about her, and of course plenty of negatives too ;-) Does she HAVE to stick her friggin' nose into everything?!

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