This is incredibly judgmental. There are so many moms who have no family support for breastfeeding, no partner, have to go back to work asap and don't feel that they can adequately pump and work. The idea that every mom can breastfeed is great, but honestly it's not feasible for some people. The idea that you can "choose" to stay at home after your baby is born or the idea that you can "stand up for your right to pump at work" is great for those of us in upper class, middle class, and lower middle class existances. Most people on wic aren't in those shoes, and the idea that they should just be given a pump and expected to "deal" is absurd if they came from a family of formula feeding people, have to work 40+ hours a week on minimum wage just to cover the bills, have no support, and are already in a really hard situation.
The fact is that just because you have chosen to be really dedicated to something, doesnt mean that the government should choose how other people's babies get fed.
As far as the evils of formula go, do you have any idea what people would be feeding their kids if they didn't have access to infant formula? Take a look back in history, you'll see what babies are fed when they dont breastfeed but have no access to formula.
I am sorry- I was under the impression this thread was about how to get more moms to breastfeed? I agree with you on the lack of support. But unfortunately the government does decide how those babies get fed by giving their moms free formula. I think there would be more moms who would breast feed if given a good pump instead. I get tough situations - and for you to imply that I don't is ridiculous. The government gets a say in the nourishment of these babies because it is footing the bill. The government gets no say when they aren't.