As news breaks that yet again formula milk is being panic bought in our UK supermarkets, (the last incident being just a few months back when several popular brands of comfort milk became unavailable due to a shortage in ingredients) I am left wondering how the parents who rely on this product must feel?
Formula is currently being rationed in supermarkets, due to people bulk buying in order to export to China and make a profit. These occurrences seem to be piling up, and as a mother, I imagine I would be feeling a great sense of unease about the future and how I might feed my baby if these incidents were to become more extreme, if I were relying on the availability of formula.
Regular readers will know by now that I am a full term breastfeeding mum, and this news doesn’t affect me personally. But I can’t help but empathise with these poor parents who are continuously having to worry about their baby’s food supply.
It seems crazy to me that for most formula feeding mothers, it was a choice, not a necessity to bottle feed their babies. That they had access to this most wonderful, nutritional, accessible, and most importantly free and unlimited food, yet they chose to give away their power and hand over the decision of their babies source of food to the manufacturers and the governments.
Nature has kitted us out with all we need, and if all but those select few who simply cannot feed their children, were to shun the formula companies and rely on their own bodies to provide milk for their babies, then these situations just wouldn’t happen. Up until very recently, China was predominately a breastfeeding country, and I’m struggling to understand why they are now so determined to move in to the bottle feeding culture. It seems to me that pressure and advertising are really having a strong affect on all of the cultures involved. We are led to believe that formula is easier, more convenient and nutritionally equal to breastfeeding. This is just not the case.
Perhaps as the rationing of formula milk breaks news again and again, mothers will be inspired to take back their power and use the tools they already have within themselves to nurture their babies.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the latest news regarding formula milk. Are you being affected by the rationing?
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