Sarah Palin on the First Lady: No Wonder She’s Telling People to Breast Feed, Price of Milk Too High

By Kate McCarthy

Feb 17, 2011 2:42pm

ABC's John Berman and Z. Byron Wolf report:

Sarah Palin tied the price of milk to the First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to get Americans to treat their bodies better today.

Lamenting rising food costs and the price of milk at a speech on Long Island Thursday, the former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate said, "No wonder Michelle Obama is telling people to breast feed their babies…"yeah you better, because the price of milk is so high right now.”

Michelle Obama mentioned breast feeding during a roundtable discussion with reporters last week, when she said that her endorsement of healthier eating and her ‘Let's Move!’ initiative aim to influence kids early – “the important touch points in a child’s life,” according to Mrs. Obama.

“And what we’re learning now is that early intervention is key.  Breastfeeding.  Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.  We want to get into childcare centers, daycare centers, and start talking about how — what kind of snacks they’re getting there.  We want to have those conversations at an earlier level.  But those are just some of the things that you’ll see,” she told reporters.

During an episode of her reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” that aired last December, Palin, while searching for S’ Mores ingredients, said she’d make the treats “in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

Michelle Obama, for her part, has not entirely sworn off junk food. In an interview just before Thanksgiving, the First Lady said that special days are deserving of indulgences.

"Don't worry about how much you eat. Just enjoy it," she told Walters. "This is the time. Have pie."

The First Lady’s endorsement of breast feeding has apparently struck a nerve with some popular Republican women.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., criticized Michelle Obama for her plan to encourage American mothers to breast feed and the IRS for a new tax incentive to buy breast pumps.

"I've given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies," Bachmann said on a conservative radio show hosted by Laura Ingraham. "To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies. I mean, you want to talk about the nanny state? I think you just got a new definition — a new definition of the nanny."

Read more about that HERE.

And watch Bachmann on GMA this morning, when she said that while she personally encourages breast feeding, the federal government should not be in the business of telling parents what to do.

"I strongly believe in breastfeeding. But the tax code is used by government as social engineering."

Watch the interview from this morning here:

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