20090319

Suggested Improvements for WIC

I have been at WIC now for ten months. During this time period I've learned more about the benefits of breastfeeding, motivational interviewing, different cultures, and other child-related things than I had previously.

WIC is a terrific resource. It improves the United State's infant mortality rate (Infant mortality rate: total: 6.37 deaths/1,000 live births male: 7.02 deaths/1,000 live births female: 5.68 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)) It provides nutrition education. It provides much needed breastfeeding support. It provided 1.4usd billion in formula rebates in 2000 (WIC and the Retail Price of Formula).

Imagine how much money the government would have saved if some, most, or all of those formula fed infants were breastfed. What is the current economic situation of the government?

*learn more about how the United States government spends its money.

It seems like this country needs to take a stand against the marketing practices of artificial baby milk companies. A person can't even think about having a baby without seeing an ad for artificial baby milk. The cultural norm is to formula feed the baby. What happened to feeding a human baby human milk?

My solution is to have WIC stop providing artificial baby milk unless deemed medically necessary (less than 25% of the population would have a medical reason for artificial baby milk).

Infant formula, artificial baby milk, or whatever you want to call it is NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS BREASTMILK.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

My only suggestion for WIC is to abolish it and let private charity take over. Government "charity" is wasteful and threatens both the poor and rich alike with the extraction of the monetary units they posses. Government cannot give freedom it can only take it.

Anonymous said...

Oh and another thing is that we do not need government to pressure companies to stand away from advertising. It is well known that breast milk is superior to infant formula. I think it should be the parents that should be responsible enough to do what is best for the child. It is a part of being a mature parent.

rarehero said...

I think what my misguided friend means to say is that the Amerikan government should take the rich off welfare. Read the book http://tinyurl.com/ckaald

Anonymous said...

Well I agree that some rich are on welfare. I am an Anarchist so I dont believe in any kind of government welfare much less government itself. I am not of the socialist type either unless it is voluntary to both enter end exit from. I would recommend mises.org it has much literature. Liberty is beautiful and should be preserved for all of man.

Anonymous said...

"My solution is to have WIC stop providing artificial baby milk unless deemed medically necessary (less than 25% of the population would have a medical reason for artificial baby milk)."

How about only providing formula to women without breasts? That is better than your solution.

Anon said...

Well the hospitals could have a contract with the city/state or directly with the company itself. You cannot blame either because the purpose of all business is profit. It is when the state encourages people to go on the dole i.e. WIC, ACCESS, social security, public schooling, etc.

rarehero said...

Anarchy accomplishes creating more places like present day Somalia.

In some cases, infants are not able to consume breastmilk. Say for example if their mothers are HIV positive, have active tuberculosis, or if the infant has galactosemia.

25% is an arbitrary percentage. Studies in the Nordic countries show that less than 3% of females do not produce enough milk; failure or fear of not producing enough milk is the most common reason people supplement with artificial baby milk.

rarehero said...

WIC, AHCCCS, SSI, and public schooling are all necessary because in a capitalist society (like Amerika) the typical person does not have enough money to pay for these things.

Anon said...

I realize the Anarchy is a bad word in today's socialist/fascist world. I would prefer to to say that I am a free-marketeer or voluntaryist which all end up meaning the same thing but if new speak can fool people into tyranny then I think it can be used to go in the opposite direction. Somalia is not the result of anarchy because it has repressive powers and that is the reason for it's atrocities. All anarchy means is no ruler, no coercive state.
Capitalism
You obviously have not fully understood true capitalism. True capitalism requires liberty. From Wikipedia "Capitalism is an economic system in which wealth, and the means of producing wealth, are privately owned and controlled rather than commonly, publicly, or state-owned and controlled. Through capitalism, the land, labor, and capital are owned, operated, and traded by private individuals either singly or jointly, and investments, distribution, income, production, pricing and supply of goods, commodities and services are determined by voluntary private decision in a market economy. A distinguishing feature of capitalism is that each person owns his or her own labor and therefore is allowed to sell the use of it to employers.". Government has use the public school system to indoctrinate society to conform to their ideals. Just look at obama glorifying Abraham Lincoln and FDR. Two men who done much harm to this Union. How many people do you see disagreeing with these historical figures? All these social programs are socialism not, in any way, party of capitalism. The market would provide such things if there was a demand for them just as a grocer provides us with vital food as long as we keep demanding it because it is mutually beneficial, we eat they profit. All this is about economics. To be free we must allow others to be free or an a tyrant will arise through our demands of one.

Anon said...

Oh and I forgot to respond to your cost analysis of these social welfare programs. State welfare programs have been reported to run with 70cents of every fiat paper/digital dollar going to just the cost of running these programs. Private charity runs at great efficiency with out forcing people to donate. I believe people are not evil at heart. We do not teach our boys what it is to be strong men and our girls to be ladies. That is why we have so many loose women and weak men and that both genders take little shame in accepting such handouts. Schools were not always so expensive, historically speaking, private schools would not be so expensive if they did not have to compete with government monopoly of schooling and conform to their arbitrary laws driving up costs. Not to mention that we would have a lot more money if we were not taxed and our currency was not constantly being debased to fund wars, political favors, regulatory agencies, social welfare, corporate welfare etc. The cost of doing ALL business with go down without regulators and taxation which would provide us with greater amounts of money for the voluntary replacements of these socialistic welfare programs. Through the competition cost will be driven down and quality up.

rarehero said...

What is private charity?
It is not well know that breastmilk is superior to artificial baby milk. If that were the case more people would breastfeed their children and it would be more socially acceptable (perhaps even encouraged) to do so.
People aren't encouraged to 'go on the dole' (most) people feel forced to because their wages aren't good enough to support their lifestyle. (I also think that their lifestyle is too driven by consumption, but that is Amerikans in general). I already mentioned that above.
Despite what you say/think, you can never convince me that capitalism works for this planet.
Yes, people are over taxed. Yes the government spends way too much money on things like corporate welfare (take the rich off welfare by marke zepezaur) or on military spending (see the death and taxes poster, which was free at one point). A capitalist society needs regulations because without it greedy individuals take advantage of the system like AIG or several other financial institutions over the past few years.
Thank you very much for commenting. I'll provide another opportunity for you to comment when I ask an easy question, What is the best form of government?