Will Formula Recall Fuel Breastfeeding Wars?paulabernstein
Yesterday, I posted about lactivists who are boycotting Old Navy because of a onesie that they say it promotes the formula agenda.
By and large, commenters agreed that the proposed boycott is ridiculous. But after news of a similac formula recall, already I’ve seen some anti-formula comments. I fear that the similac formula recall will create a backlash against moms who feed their babies formula and fuel the so-called “Breastfeeding Wars.”
Apparently, one midwife in Australia thinks that formula should be banned from supermarkets and that people should only be able to buy it by prescription.
“Formula like Similac has bugs in it. How can we ever trust formula completely ever again?” one woman commented on my post from yesterday.
Certainly, it’s going to be hard for Similac to renew customer trust. But I’d hate for moms who formula feed to feel guilty about the recall – as if they were somehow poisoning their baby. Similarly, I hope that lactivists don’t use the recall as an opportunity to lecture moms about why they shouldn’t use formula.
I’m pro-breastfeeding, but I want moms to have all the support they need however they choose to feed their baby.
What do you think?
Photo: flickr/sean dreilinger