I’ve seen several Right Wingers make comments on regards to the formula shortage along the line of “women should just breastfeed more.” Usually accompanied with some chastisement how mothers who use formula are lazy or don’t want to be inconvenienced by breastfeeding.
I invite anyone with that opinion to promptly go fuck themselves.
Our firstborn was a big baby, over 10 lbs. He was above the 99th percentile in length and weight.
My wife wore herself out breastfeeding but he was so big he was always hungry. We had to use formula to supplement.
It was emotionally and physically draining on both of us watching her do every right but still not be able to keep up with his demand.
So this opinion is just some bullshit that I have no desire to tolerate.
And as a matter of historical precedent, prior to the industrial revolution and the development of infant formula, infant mortality was at roughly 50%. Many of those cases was from malnourishment. Formula saved more children’s lives than vaccines.
“Just breastfeed more” used to mean that half of all children died before they were old enough to walk.
The formula shortage is a serious crisis.
If you’re going to use it to attack mothers who need formula… I’ve never hit a woman but I’ll pin her arms back and let a mother who is struggling to produce take a few good swings.