Entertainer Bette Midler was criticized on Friday for telling mothers to “try breastfeeding” in response to a national baby formula shortage.
“Try breastfeeding! It’s free and available on demand,” Ms. Midler tweeted Thursday in response to MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle’s post.
Ms Midler was opposed by a number of respondents who said breastfeeding was not always possible for new mothers.
Ilyse Hogue, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, tweeted: “Bette, dear, this is a very bad choice.” “I have twins. I am not producing enough milk for both. Without formula, I’m going to have to choose which one to eat. Not to mention a child who was separated from his biological mother at a very young age.”
Jennifer Sey, author of Blue check, called Ms Midler’s tweet “extremely insensitive”.
“First, there are a million reasons why some women can’t breastfeed at all, or can’t breastfeed and supplement their formula full time,” Ms Sey tweeted. “Second, a woman doesn’t even need a ‘reason.’ She can decide not just because she doesn’t want to. Period.”
Once new mothers stop breastfeeding, their milk quickly dries up, significance They are no longer able to breastfeed their babies.
“When you stop breastfeeding, your body gradually stops producing milk. Lack of stimulation can tell your body to stop breastfeeding,” WebMD says, adding that “breast milk can take days, weeks, or months to dry out. “
Try breastfeeding! It’s free and available on demand. https://t.co/15xetgg1ps
– Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 13, 2022
Ms Midler quickly dropped her suggestion.
“People are piling up because [a] former tweet,” she tweeted. “No shame if you can’t breastfeed, but if you can and are somehow convinced that your breastmilk is not as good as a ‘scientific research product’, that’s another something happened. Monopoly news is news to me, but not a lie. “
Ms Midler added the hashtag #WETNURSES.
Ms Ruhle tweeted on Thursday that the infant formula industry is a “secret oligopoly” as “3 US companies control 90% of the market – strictly restrictive regulations (due to heavy lobbying) prohibit Foreign formula.”
The Biden administration is grappling with a growing shortage of formula. About 43 percent of popular infant formula brands sold out in the first week of May, according to retail data collection firm Datasembly, which tracks infant formula inventories from more than 11,000 U.S. sellers.
The government announced on Friday website Help parents track baby formula.
• Jeff Mordock and Kerry Picket contributed to this report.