Bette Midler slammed for tweeting ‘Try breastfeeding’ amid formula shortage

By Brent Furdyk.

16 seconds ago

Bette Midler is raked over the coals on social media after what was supposed to be a humorous comment apparently missed the mark.

On May 12, the “Hocus Pocus” star retweeted a comment about formula shortages from MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who tweeted about a “secret oligopoly” in the formula market.

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Midler offered his own solution to the shortage. “TRY BREASTFEEDING!” she wrote. “It’s free and available on demand.”

Midler’s tweet was immediately criticized, with many Twitter users pointing out that many women have difficulty breastfeeding and some are not able to breastfeed at all.

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“A pretty cruel and awful thing to say to women who can’t breastfeed, Bette,” one Twitter user wrote in a representative comment. “It’s a lot more common than you think…remove this.”

Like Want to pop reported, actress Julia Fox was also among those who responded, writing, “Actually better, a lot of women can’t produce breast milk.”

Midler then posted a second tweet to clarify after noticing that people had started “crowding in.”

According to Midler, what she meant was that if a woman who can breastfeeding is “somehow convinced that your own milk isn’t as good as a ‘scientifically researched product’ is something else again.”

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