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Similac Recall Reactions

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Every once in a while, I am really disappointed in the people I follow on Twitter and Facebook. Similac had a formula recall. And some mom’s online seem to be laughing about it. The powdered formula is being recalled due to possible beetle contamination, in short, there could be bugs in it. Which is kind of gross. But then I started seeing some tweets that basically said  formula recall, surprise, surprise, or ha ha, there are no bugs in breast milk, 0r reason number 485 why I breastfeed, formula recalled. Again.

How is that helpful? Not all mom’s want to give their babies formula. I sure didn’t. But “booby trapped” or no, I was led down a path where supplementation was the only way that Spencer gained weight. And I chose Similac. That doesn’t make a difference, but my heart sure skipped a beat when I first heard about the recall.

And then the tweets started flying. I can see why lactivists have a reputation for hating formula feeders. Many of the tweets were snarky and rude. It just seems so unnecessary to add insult to injury. The moms who buy this product are probably worried and freaking out. No need to mock them. One or two people did tweet a few times about playing nice, but it didn’t seem to help. I get that bug contamination could be seen as funny and lends itself to easy jokes.  Tellingly, the people who simply presented the recall information without comment or judgement were the professionals; the CLCs, the employees of breastfeeding aligned companies simply sent out a tweet or status update with the information.

I’ve unliked a blog on Facebook already and am debating about what to do about a few of the people I follow on Twitter. The worst part of all this, the women who so offended me, most likely wouldn’t care or would take my opinion as persecuting them.  And the most common reaction would probably be along the lines of fine then, unfollow me.  Ok then, will do.

P.S. I wrote this post while nursing my 14 month old son.

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