Entertainer Bette Midler came under criticism Friday after telling mothers to “try breastfeeding” in response to the nationwide baby formula shortage.
“TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand,” Ms. Midler tweeted Thursday in response to a post by MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle.
Ms. Midler drew pushback from numerous responders who said that breastfeeding isn’t always feasible for new mothers.
“Bette, respectfully, this is a very bad take,” tweeted Ilyse Hogue, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “I had twins. I didn’t produce enough milk for both. Without formula, I would have had to have chosen which one got to eat. To say nothing of kids that get separated from the birth mothers very young.”
Blue-check author Jennifer Sey called Ms. Midler’s tweet “profoundly insensitive.”
“First, there are a million reasons why some women can’t nurse at all, or can’t nurse full time & supplement with formula,” Ms.
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