Baby-Formula Shortage Spawns New Brand of Mom-Shamers

In recent weeks, parents have been panicking over a nationwide baby food shortage. The shortage, which stemmed from the closure of a Michigan manufacturing facility due to a contaminated product that resulted in the deaths of two babies, has been going on for months and has uniquely impacted children with special nutritional needs who require special formula. It’s also had parents panicking about how they’re going to feed their toddlers, leading them to turn to rogue formula-sharing groups on Facebook and Instagram, and in some cases even create their own homemade formula (reviewed by Doctors strongly discouraged). , as it poses a significant health risk).

Faced with the bottle feeding shortage, many people have responded not with sympathy for frightened parents worried about not being able to feed their children, but by asking a simple and terribly ignorant question: Why don’t parents just breastfeed? When you consider that nearly 15 percent of new parents struggle with breastfeeding issues, ranging from latching issues to poor supplies (and when you consider how stressful and labor-intensive breastfeeding can be in even the best of circumstances), The answer to that question is a bit more complicated than breastfeeding advocates are willing to admit — but that hasn’t stopped many on Twitter from using the infant formula shortage as an opportunity to revive an age-old debate between breastfeeding and infant formula, like the co-moderators Ej Dickson and Brittany Spanos discuss on this week’s episode of Don’t Flop That, Rolling Stone‘s podcast on internet culture.

Some lactation consultants and breastfeeding advocates have also taken the infant formula shortage as an opportunity to promote their own services and breastfeeding in general, whether new parents can or even want to breastfeed (like this director of breastfeeding support at a Kentucky clinic who uses her app into this local message).

In this episode of DLTF, As well as discussing the baby food shortage, Spanos and Dickson are also discussing the reveal of DeuxMoi, Halsey starting her label on TikTok with beef, and a torch-singer parrot being crowned Himbo of the week.

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/baby-formula-shortage-breastfeed-podcast-dltf-1359341/ Baby-Formula Shortage Spawns New Brand of Mom-Shamers

Emma James

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