Sarah Palin got a laugh out of a crowd of New York business leaders Thursday when she made a reference to Michelle Obama's support for breastfeeding.
At the wide-ranging question-and-answer session on Long Island, the former Alaska governor brought up the rising cost of gas and groceries.
"No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody, 'You'd better breastfeed your baby,' " said Palin, according to The New York Times
. "Yeah, you'd better, because the price of milk is so high right now."
As the crowd broke into laughter, she added, "And may that not be the takeaway, please, of this speech."
Earlier this week, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., slammed the first lady's push to get mothers to breastfeed their children as a way to reduce childhood obesity, saying it amounted to too much government intervention.
As Politics Daily's Lynn Sweet reported
, Michelle Obama will speak out to remove barriers to breastfeeding, following a recent White House push for relaxed workplace rules and an Internal Revenue Service ruling that breast pumps and other nursing supplies are eligible for tax breaks.
"I've given birth to five babies and I breastfed every single one," Bachmann told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday. "To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump . . . That's the new definition of a nanny state."
Palin has criticized Michelle Obama's positions in the past. In December
, Palin said that the first lady's fight against obesity in children reflected "government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife's priorities."
Asked her about recent surveys that found many voters have a negative opinion of her, Palin conceded, "In a lot of those polls, I get my butt kicked."
But she went on to blame the "liberal-leaning press" for portraying her negatively, saying she could overcome that using Twitter and Facebook.
"I can't rely on a liberal-leaning press to do that for you. That's why social media will be so important," she said, according to CNN