Beetles, Similac and What To Do With Your Boobs

by Kate on October 7, 2020

You may have heard that there has been a recall on Similac powdered infant formula. According to Abbot Industries, makers of Similac, there is a “remote” possibility that a small common beetle got into the production at one facility.

It’s icky, actually, to think that us formula feeders (yes, I’m one) may inadvertently serve beetle parts and larvae to our little cherubs. Isn’t melamine, BPA, milk from cows treated with rBST et al enough? Now we have to consider insects, too.

The fact of the matter is that not all women can breastfeed. I have been on both sides of breastfeeding. One child wouldn’t/couldn’t. One child wants more supply than I can give her. The result is the same: supplementation with formula. It’s a fact of my and my children’s lives. So it makes me angry and sad that there are such issues with baby formula.

Then again, there are issues with all of our food. I mean, I was wishing that my baby ate solely solid food, but remember the e-coli scare in spinach? Or was it tomatoes? Or both?!? Anyway, it’s hard to control what goes into our kids mouths, even when we have the best of intentions.

Well, milk from a mommy’s breast is pretty damn foolproof, you might say. Yes, you’d be right. But the majority of moms who can breast feed only do so for approximately 6 months. It seems as if working is the kiss of death for lactating women on account of the horrendous reality that is pumping. Pumping sucks no matter if you have a tricked out lounge to do it in or the office restroom.

I polled my friends and give or take a month, we’ve all stopped breastfeeding within the first year.

So, instead of people getting all bent out of shape and screaming “breast feed! breast feed!” we, as a society, should really work on creating a healthier food supply for ALL OF US, don’t you think?

Yes, I live in crunchy nutty California, but it seems like a reasonable thing to do, no?

Of course, we’d have to hire our own lobbiest, bribe a few politicians and dismantle mass-producing agri-businesses to name but a few steps, but how hard could that be?

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