Bette Midler criticized for tweeting ‘Try breastfeeding!’ Amid a shortage of baby food

Bette Midler is not the wind under the wings of new parents right now.

The “Beaches” star got quite a few Twitter hits after she offered a scornful take on the baby food shortage Thursday night.

The shortage has left store shelves free of baby food across the country thanks to COVID-19-related supply chain problems that worsened after Abbott Nutrition, a major formula manufacturer, recalled select many Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products

The lack of availability has created stressful situations for families dependent on baby food – for a multiplicity by reasons: – to feed their babies.

“TRY BREASTFEEDING!” Midler tweeted Thursday evening. “It’s free and available on request.”

Her lighthearted solution to a complex problem came in response to a tweet from MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, who highlighted the gravity of the situation by noting that the “baby food shortage reveals an astonishing secret oligopoly” of three companies that are “90% ” from the market.

People on Twitter were quick to point out that Midler’s comment was really ignorant.

But after many laid out plenty of understandable reasons why breastfeeding isn’t an option for everyone who cares for babies, Midler redoubled her stance.

“No shame if you can’t breastfeed, but if you can & are somehow convinced that your own milk isn’t as good as a ‘scientifically researched product’ then that’s something else,” tweeted the Grammy winner Thursday. “The monopoly news is news to me, but not a lie.”

She then offered another slick solution for those who can’t breastfeed in the form of a snarky and useless hashtag,

Since not everyone has access to wet nurses, a lot of Twitter went off.

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