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  • Chrissy Teigen Says 'Normalize Formula,' Adds She Felt Shame For Using It

    More than 6,000 responded to her tweet about formula feeding.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • Chrissy Teigen, television host, model, cookbook author, and whom many say is the Queen of Twitter in the United States for her "unfiltered, unvarnished honesty," wants people to "normalize formula."

    She tweeted, "Ok, I'm gonna say something and you all are definitely gonna make it a thing but here goes: normalize formula."

    She then replied to her own Tweet with the following: "Normalize breastfeeding is such a huge, wonderful thing. But I absolutely felt way more shame having to use formula because of lack of milk from depression and whatnot.

    "People have surrogates, people have trouble breastfeeding, and all you hear as a new, anxious mom is how breast is best."

    Chrissy said she remembered pumping to the "highest" mode because she "didn't trust milk was going into their mouths" if she did a direct latch.

    "It drove me mad I could only get an ounce."


    Chrissy's tweets led moms and dads to share their experiences, adding their gratitude to Chrissy for speaking out.

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    But some pointed out that "formula is more normalized" than breastfeeding.

    Others agree with Chrissy that no one should shame a mother's choice. But they also stress that breastfeeding education is crucial, especially against formula milk marketing and advertising campaigns with millions to spend.

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    Side note: In the Philippines, we have a law in place, better known as the Milk Code that seeks to set up an environment where moms can nurse and have everything she needs to breastfeed her baby successfully. It also provides restrictions on formula milk marketing (read about the Milk Code here).

    Amid the heated debate between breastfeeding and formula feeding, netizens point out that it ultimately comes down to this: stop shaming a mom's feeding choice.

    Chrissy, married to American singer John Legend, spent some time away from her social platforms after sharing the pain and grief of miscarriage in October.

    Chrissy was praised for her courage to speak out and share heartbreaking images about pregnancy loss, a subject that many still do not know how to talk about. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who also revealed she miscarried in July 2020, wrote about how continues to be a taboo subject in The New York Times.

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