Bette Midler has angered mums of young children over a tweet she posted about formula shortages.
Bette Midler has urged mums to just ‘TRY BREASTFEEDING’ amid the crippling shortage of formula – and was widely criticized for the ‘obtuse’ and ignorant comment on Friday.
The 76 year old man Beaches The star was responding Thursday night to a tweet from MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, who said the “shortage of baby formula reveals an incredible secret oligopoly” of three companies holding “90%” of the market, reported New York Post.
Divine Mrs. M replied, “TRY BREASTFEEDING! It’s free and available on demand,” prompting a storm of criticism from parents.
“Bette, respectfully, this is a very bad take,” wrote Ilyse Hogue, the former leader of the pro-choice group National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws.
“I had twins. I did not produce enough milk for both. Without formula, I would have had to choose which one to eat. Not to mention the children who are separated from their biological mother very young.
Radio host Annie Frey added: ‘Please don’t be so callously obtuse about something incredibly scary for parents.
New moms often don’t produce enough milk to feed their babies and must supplement it with formula. Others have infants who have trouble latching on, are raising an adopted baby, or need to use formula to balance labor with how often their baby feeds.
“There are 1,000 reasons why this isn’t possible for all mums and babies,” campaigner Amber Gustafson blasted on Twitter.
Tim Carvell, producer for Last week tonightcalled it mind-blowing that Midler, who has carved out a niche for her acerbic humor in queer circles, seems oblivious to alternative family lifestyles.
“Imagine having a big gay fanbase, many of whom are raising kids in dual-dad households, and think that’s a good suggestion,” he tweeted.
Midler gave birth to her daughter, Sophie Von Haselberg, in 1986 at age 41.
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