Jennifer Garner and the "Creepy" Formula Debate

Cynthia Dermody


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As you may know, actress Jennifer Garner, wife of Ben Affleck and mom to Violet 4, and Seraphina, 1, is a huge breastfeeding advocate. She also makes her own baby food. Then again, she probably has the time and/or the flexibility to go the homemade route. I loved the idea of pureeing my own carrots and chicken; I just could never get my act together enough to do it. A lot of moms are in this boat.

The thing I like about Jennifer is she wouldn't have criticized me for it. 

“It just makes me crazy, whether it’s between staying at home, going to work, how long you breastfeed, if you use formula … I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down," Garner told Parade via Celebrity Babies.

Few topics pit moms against each other more than breastfeeding versus formula, all you have to do is take a peek around CafeMom to discover that. And oftentimes the debate goes off in weird directions, like the CafeMom Newcomer's Club discussion from over the weekend: Is Formula Feeding Creepy?

Creepy. That was a new one on me.

"Yes, it is creepy as hell," one mom commented. "A plastic fake nipple, poor babies. It is like adding salt to a cut, first you give them crap in a can, now you put it in a plastic cold bottle."

Harsh. Jennifer would not approve of this.

If you take part in this debate, do you think you are supporting or alienating other moms who are trying to care for their children? Or do you assume, as my new best friend Jennifer says, that "we're all doing the best we can"?

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