Old Navy sparks debate between Formula feeding and Breast feeding

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Jenn - posted on 01/03/2011

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Yeah, I guess that makes sense. But then again, they do sell maternity clothing and nursing shirts - so wouldn't that mean that they DO in fact support breastfeeding?

Mary - posted on 01/04/2011

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Actually, no I don't. It kind of offends me when special interest groups start viewing the general public as being "too stupid" to make their own decisions and try to ban things that are not harmful to the public, but just a matter of lifestyle choices. Breastfeeding is healthiest, but not always possible for some families, and formula is not harmful to the public. It would be different if Old Navy had enacted a marketing campaign that was delibrately spreading misinformation, so they could sell more baby formula. A regulation to control that, I would support. But this is nothing but a word graphic on an item of clothing. To be a little blunt, (but no disrespect intended): When you were a new 1st time mom, would your decisions on infant feeding be determined by this onsie? We all know, or at least think we know people that could be that suggestable, but it's unreasonable to go around assuming that large segments of society need someone else to make their decisions for them.

Rosie - posted on 01/03/2011

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ridiculous. people are such whiny twats now a days.
and i agree with jenn, old navy has AWESOME prices, and my bestie is rather large and shops there all the time.

Jenn - posted on 01/03/2011

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@Jaime - I actually find the opposite - their clothing is reasonably priced and they have larger sizes to fit everyone - I'm an XL and have no problem finding things to fit in there. And as I pointed out - they sell a ton of nursing shirts so they DO support breastfeeding.

Lindsay - posted on 01/03/2011

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I remember when they started selling these last summer and there was a debate about them. I think it's quite silly for people to get so offended by them. A close friend of mine and lactation consultant/bfing mother bought one for her son and he wore it often. It's a cute shirt. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Karla - posted on 10/16/2011

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Personally, I don't appreciate the message, and I wouldn't buy the shirt (new or used.)

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I don't really care what people advertise. I am going to feed my babies the healthiest way I can and that is starting off with breastmilk. If other people are so influenced that they actually listen to advertisements then let them. They aren't screwing up my kids by it.

Jessica - posted on 01/18/2011

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Ok..this is the first company i have seen a long long time that has promoted bottle before breast, and while im right smack dab in the middle of bottle and breast..ill explain my thinking..ladies do NOT discriminate against either..its like working moms vs stay at home moms, there are pros to both!
I myself have tried and tried and tried to breastfeed. Its genetically impossible for me to be able to express milk..i just cant, and ive tried meds and homeopathic ways.
Breast is great, but bottle can be too..as long as you are choosy among formulas. I find it awesome to see breastfeeding mom, but refuse to say a parent is bad to choose bottle.

Haley - posted on 01/04/2011

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That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! It's just a onesie. It's not like there is a law that makes you formula feed. People are just offended by it,but that doesn't mean they should take it off the shelves. I mean come on!

Trish - posted on 01/04/2011

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Sometimes a mom has no choice and has to use formula. That happened with my oldest. He was a preemie and my milk never came in. I felt like a failure. It's kinda nice to see something that validates you even when the decision was taken away from you by circumstance.

Tiffany - posted on 01/03/2011

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Oh and my daughter had a onesie that said 'My Mom can kick your Mom's Ass' and I thought it was adorable lol.

Tiffany - posted on 01/03/2011

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I breastfed and formula fed and I don't see the problem with this onesie at all. I actually disagree about Old Navy not having enough variety for larger women, because I'm heavier and Old Navy is the only place I find jeans that fit me well and at a good price. I got almost all my maternity clothes there including my oh so fashionable 'stretchy band' jeans lol. I do think they could have a onesie that says something about breastfeeding, definitely...of course then you would have the Moms up in arms over that as well. I mean if their choice is 'boobie powered' or 'formula powered', which one do you think would get the most negative attention whether it be warranted or not? I'm thinking the boobie powered because what else are you going to put for a graphic on the onesie besides boobs? Me personally, I would find that adorable as well! But to say to pull it off the shelf is ridiculous. Instead of thinking they're putting it up there to 'influence' young Moms or taking a stance on the never ending BF/FF battle, maybe their thinking is to give support to those Moms that do formula feed. Who knows what they were thinking! lol I think it's a cute onesie. Obviously they do support breastfeeding because they do in fact sell nursing clothing. Here is one nursing top they sell that is super cute and available up to XXL.

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do...

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I think its cute. Do people seriously have nothing better to do then throw a fit over a onsie. Tyson had one with the baby on family guy on it saying "Wipe my ass". And I almost bought one at a store in the mall that said "My mom forgot to swallow", I don't think I could actually put that on my kid though..lol

Lady Heather - posted on 01/03/2011

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My sister bought this shirt for her little one as well as one that says "I'm a boob man" because he has both. Ha.

I don't think they are making any statement. I think someone thought of a shirt that he/she thought would be funny and that was that. Big hoopla over nothing.

Natasha - posted on 01/03/2011

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I think that this shirt is adorable, and I breastfed exclusively for the first 5 months, and only stopped due to him having an illness and my supply drying up. I would buy this for the baby that we have on the way, if I end up having to use formula again.

I also agree with the women who have stated that kids shirts or onsies with vulgar language are much more offensive. Both my husband and I have seen onsies that say "I'm living proof my mom likes to fuck". That is was more offensive that "Formula Powered". My first son had many pro-breastfeeding onsies, and I am sure that this one will have them as well.

As for, does it have the power to change people's minds over if they are going to breast or bottle feed, I don't know. Lots of moms make their choices based on the information that they have, which is not always accurate. I don't believe that one piece of clothing has that much sway over a decision.

Shauna - posted on 01/03/2011

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I have met alot of dumb people ... so i can see where the simpliest of thing could influence someone. ..... i dont think the shirt is offensive or inapropriate in anyway. IMO- its a dumb shirt.

Jenn - posted on 01/03/2011

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I really don't think that it would influence anyone or make them think it's cool. Think of it this way - what about adoptive parents, Mum's who had a mastectomy, Mum's who are unable to breastfeed for any legitimate reason - would it be OK for them to be able to put a shirt on their child that says that? Or should they just lie and pretend that they breastfeed and put a "Boob Man" shirt on their kid?

Shauna - posted on 01/03/2011

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I would like to think that this shirt could in no way inspire a young new mom to think formula feeding is best. However i think it possibly could. I have met quite a few women who thought formula was better because its been "formulated for what babies really need" You just never know these days, i meet people all the time that never cease to amaze me.

Nicole - posted on 01/03/2011

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This made national news? seriously? I think it's cute. I breast feed and I would have no problem putting my baby in it. It's no big deal and it's cute:)

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You don't think it's possible that the onesie might suggest to young, new, first-time impressionable mothers that formula feeding is "cool" so to speak?

Mary - posted on 01/03/2011

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It does seem like much ado about nothing. I don't agree with critics that think a mother's decision to breast feed or not will be influenced by a graphic on a onsie.

Charlie - posted on 01/03/2011

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No I don't agree with them on this particular topic ( which is rare) I just said I don't think it is going to change minds people will continue to breastfeed reguardless of these onesies , reasons for stopping are far more complex than seeing a onesie slogan .

I see it as a bit of fun , I doubt old navy were "promoting" formula although it can be construed that way , I have seen far more "boob man " onesies and other breastfeeding slogan onesies .

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While I think boycotting Old Navy was/is a wee bit extreme, I can TOTALLY see where the breastfeeding advocates are coming from.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/03/2011

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@ Loureen, did you agree at the time with the facebook groups? How did you handle your involvement?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/03/2011

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I don't think that was the point of old navy at all. They sell maternity clothes like it has already been said...they sell them for easy breastfeeding....I don't understand why people would cause such an uproar about it. Breastfeeding maternity shirts for pro breast feeders, a onsie saying it is ok to formula feed to. No big deal.

Charlie - posted on 01/03/2011

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They felt the onesie was pushing formula , normalizing it .

I think they felt it was unethical to promote formula .

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Loureen, what were some of their reasons for wanting to boycott Old Navy? Is it because they felt that Old Navy wasn't supportive of breastfeeding or were they just appalled that Old Navy is supporting something that they consider to be an inferior product?

Charlie - posted on 01/03/2011

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Meh *shrug* it isn't going to change anyones mind , I purchased a onsie for a friend that said " all daddy wanted was a headjob" I never thought she would put it on her kid it was a little joke .
I am apart of several facebook groups who were extremely upset over this onsie though and were calling for a boycott.

Shauna - posted on 01/03/2011

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My son has a onesie that says "I only date models bitches" .......... after i got it i never put it on him in public, i remembered being sent home in highschool for offensive shirts, and thought to myself is he going to be sent home from daycare for wearing this?! LOL

Sarah - posted on 01/03/2011

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Eh, people are going to find something to bitch & moan about. Apparently their lives aren't exciting enough, so they have to cause an uproar over some stupid onesie. If you don't like the onesie, don't freaking buy it & go on with your dull life.

Laura - posted on 01/03/2011

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And I agree, maternity clothes are sorely lacking and really expensive. Old Navy is actually the only place I can find decent prices besides second had stores (which I love). And in my area Wal-mart has discontinued their maternity clothes (even nursing bras) which really pisses me off. Target also has some decent prices

Laura - posted on 01/03/2011

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Kati I would never ever ever call anyone a bad mom unless they like threw their child down the stairs or something. I actually laughed at the shirt then cuz I didn't have kids at the time but now I think of my own child reading it and I don't think it's appropriate for a family store. Just my opinion.

Sharon - posted on 01/03/2011

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LMAO!!! if a onsie changes your mind - you were gonna change your mind anyway.

If onesies were such a powerful advertising medium - all our presidents would be campaining from them.

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@Jenn - Maybe the price gouging and tiny sizes and total lack of maternity clothes are only in my area. That's very likely, actually. Pregnant women everywhere around here and not a single store that sells decent maternity clothes. Not even the Walmarts! Very annoying.

Rosie - posted on 01/03/2011

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i'm pretty sure i'd let my kid wear the ain't i fucking cute shirt, am i a bad parent now??....;P

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LOL i dont find that offensive, i would love if gabby had a onsie that said i cry when ugly people hold me.

Laura - posted on 01/03/2011

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I once saw a toddler walking around Wal-mart with a shirt that said "Ain't I Fuckin' cute" pretty sure that was way more offensive than anything I've seen so far.

Bonnie - posted on 01/03/2011

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Ah whatever, it's a piece of clothing. You don't believe in formula feeding, don't buy it. It's similiar to the issue of shirts or bibs that have the sayings, 'I love my mommy' or 'I love my daddy'. I can't remember what is was, but I heard a complaint a few times that they couldn't find enough of one or the other. There was too much options for items with 'I love my mommy' or 'I love my daddy' can't remember which. So what does that say that a company that makes the items supports one parent more so over the other? I don't think so.

Mother - posted on 01/03/2011

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*chuckling* I'm happy to see so many moms on here think this is ridiculous. Peaceful Parents and Crunchy mommas are gonna have a field day with them. Let's just be happy they don't have anything about circumcision, then they'd really go bonkers.

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Wow, do people really have nothing better to worry about? It is onsie, the phrase isn't offensive, it doesn't contain any foul language so what's all the hoo-ha about? If you don't like it you don't have to buy it that is the beauty of our society - you get to choose what you spend your hard earned money on...the same as everything else on the market some people like it some don't.

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There we go, Julianne's got it. Logos suck. Give me a cute animal print or something like it over freaking Disney or Elmo or some silly saying any day. The only thing I have been okay with on logos on the baby clothes so far is my father-in-law's need to support his favorite football team by buying his first granddaughter a Razorbacks onesie and matching jacket. They're actually cute and I don't mind it because it's his way of showing involvement. But I could kill about some Elmo and Pooh-bear crap.

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I don't think it's right for a clothing company to support one over the other, really. It's a matter of choice for the parents. I think they ought to have one empowering breast feeding too, if they're not wanting it to be an issue. But maybe Old Navy does want it to be an issue, in which case they're over-priced assholes anyway. I don't shop there anyway. The girls who work at my nearest Old Navy are snobby little bitches who look at me funny when I come in to window-shop. How dare I, I'm too fat to wear these cute little clothes.

Jodi - posted on 01/03/2011

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Really? THIS is offensive? WOW. I've seen sooooo many breastfeeding shirts/onesies, it's about time formula moms had a cute onesie as well!

I'm more offended by infant onesies that curse or have "adult content" type sayings. Someone got us a onesie that says "I only cry when ugly people hold me." and it's sister shirt "I only cry when stupid people hold me." THAT is innapropriate for an infant IMO...but this? WOW.

Dana - posted on 01/03/2011

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Of course they would. If people didn't complain the world would stop revolving. :|

Dana - posted on 01/03/2011

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Jenn, I think the uproar isn't that it's just a onesie promoting formula feeding, it's the fact that Old Navy doesn't sell breastfed ones too. If they are purposely taking a stance then of course there's going to be people bitching.

Jenn - posted on 01/03/2011

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Again!?! I thought this happened a while ago, now it's causing a stir again? Sheesh! Don't people have anything better to complain about? Don't people who use formula have a right to have onsies too? I've seen lots of them that say "Boob Power" or "I'm a boobie man" or something along that line.

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