Bette Midler isn’t the wind under the wings of new parents right now.
The ‘Beaches’ star received quite a bit of lashes on Twitter after offering a dismissive take on formula shortages Thursday evening.
The shortage has left store shelves across the country empty of infant formula thanks to COVID-19 supply chain issues that worsened after Abbott Nutrition, a major infant formula manufacturer, was recalled. selection of batches of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products.
“TRY BREASTFEEDING!” Midler tweeted Thursday night. “It’s free and available on demand.”
Her flippant solution to a complex problem was in response to a tweet from MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, who underscored the seriousness of the situation by noting that the “shortage of baby formula reveals an incredible secret oligopoly” of three companies owning “90%” of the market.
People on Twitter were quick to point out how ignorant Midler’s comment really was.
Still, after laying out plenty of understandable reasons why breastfeeding isn’t an option for everyone caring for babies, Midler doubled down on her stance.
“No shame if you can’t breastfeed, but if you can and you’re somehow convinced that your own milk isn’t as good as a ‘scientifically researched product,'” c is something else again,” the Grammy winner tweeted Thursday. “The Monopoly news is news to me, but no lie.”
She then offered another flippant solution for those who can’t breastfeed in the form of a sarcastic and pointless hashtag,
Since not everyone has access to nannies, a lot of Twitter went off.