Formula Fed America

Fearless Formula Feeders, strap on your armor. We have a new battle coming.

There’s a documentary hitting the blogosphere called “Formula Fed America”. From the look of the trailer, it’s nothing new- just the same old characters (i.e., Jack Newman…god, how much is this guy raking in on our boobs?) and a few holier-than-thou sounding moms who cite the fact that nursing can stop a temper tantrum as a benefit, and blame the obesity epidemic on formula. Really just the same stuff we’ve been hearing for years. But people are Tweeting about it like it’s the second coming, and I’m sure it will get press as being innovative or what have you.

Just thought I’d warn you.

Suzanne Barston is a blogger and author of BOTTLED UP. Fearless Formula Feeder is a blog – and community – dedicated to infant feeding choice, and committed to providing non-judgmental support for all new parents. It exists to protect women from misleading or misrepresented “facts”; essentialist ideals about what mothers should think, feel, or do; government and health authorities who form policy statements based on ambivalent research; and the insidious beast known as Internetus Trolliamus, Mommy Blog Varietal.

Suzanne Barston – who has written posts on Fearless Formula Feeder.

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6 thoughts on “Formula Fed America

  1. i watched the trailer, because apparently i'm a masochist. it sounds like emotion-based drivel and hyperbole, and it looks absolutely shitty, production-wise. not worried about this piece of garbage. i will not go see it however. i have better things to do, like watch dry paint get even dryer.

    i am proud to say that i laughed at the ridiculousness of pinning the country's obesity epidemic on formula. oh my god. my sides hurt. HILARIOUS. that part makes the movie look like satire. i can only imagine the depth of other formula-related topics that will not be explored in any depth.

    p.s. go see a REAL documentary called “food, inc.” to learn about the actual causes of our country's plague of obesity. not that a drastic overtaking of our food chain by the needs of fast food over the last 50 years (subsidies for crops used in fast food keeping unhealthy foods more affordable than fresh) would have anything to do with obesity.

  2. I've seen Food, Inc… I thought it was very well done. There are so many layers to the obesity epidemic in our country, and I obviously think it's rather tunnel-visioned to blame our poor health on low breastfeeding rates. I think it's easier to blame our chunked out nation on formula than to take real responsibility for the terrible way we eat and approach food.

  3. Hmmm. I finally watched the intro. I needed to wait until a calm moment in the house when i could handle watching people tell me I'm crap.

    eeeeeh. Seriously …just… eeehhh!

    I wish someone would make a documentary from the MIDDLE ground…. a fact by fact doco.
    Not pro evilmultimilliondollarformulacompaniesthatrhymewith'smestle' side or the pro breastfeeding side either.

  4. Hey FFF

    I was just wondering, have you looked into the whole 'donated breastmilk is better than formula' thing?

    Its something that really kinda irks me because i thought breastmilk was tailored to the baby…so how does that effect another baby?

    Sorry if this doesnt make sense, its early here and im on my way to work but i was wanting to put it out there before i forgot.

  5. Lililly-

    Yup- I talked about this in my “Formula is the 4th Best Choice” post. I didn't go into much depth, but there has been some interesting research on this topic. Since donated breastmilk is still not a widely-used option, we don't hear about it much… but there are definite issues with milk that has been frozen, rather than fresh. A lot of the enzymes are killed off in the process. However, I also have wondered about the breastmilk-being-tailored-to-the-baby thing… that is a harder thing to study, I suspect… but I know that research has shown that milk produced later in the day is chemically different to that made earlier in the day, so they suggest that women who are pumping use milk that they pump in the evening for evening feedings, etc… and other research showing that a woman's milk can differ by the day, depending on what she is eating, etc… I think this merits further study, but personally, I would feel uncomfortable using another woman's milk. Formula is static, which is an argument used against it; however, in this case, I think that's a good thing. At least I KNOW that it has the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, etc…

    You come up with excellent questions, lady! Love it. And I'm still waiting on an answer for my guest blog offer… email me at if you are interested…

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