Old Navy Boycott

Alison - posted on 10/05/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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Did you hear about the Old Navy boycott? I totally share the sentiments of this journalist. Are we really gonna put up a fight because some moms are not ashamed to bottle feed? Can we focus on a legitimate cause please???

http://www.embracethechaos.ca/2010/09/bo...

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Krista - posted on 10/09/2010

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Krista E. and Laura, don't be obtuse. I'm not saying Old Navy should come out AGAINST formula feeding. Just that they shouldn't endorse it.

And I still maintain that by applauding the loud and frequent endorsement of breastfeeding, while railing against a mere mention of formula feeding on a onesie, you and others are basically saying that you wish for formula-feeding mothers to be apologetic, or at the very least, silent about their choice.

Why should formula NOT be endorsed? It saves the lives of an awful lot of babies whose mothers cannot nurse. And like Becky and others have said here, how is that shirt even being seen as an endorsement? It's not like it's saying that formula is better than breast. It's not even saying that it's EQUAL to breast. It is simply a statement of fact, that the wearer of said onesie is, indeed, powered by formula. So why is that seen as some sort of gigantic threat to breastfeeding?

Krista - posted on 10/09/2010

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So Amy, would you rather they put out a onesie saying, "I'm poisoning my child"? Or maybe, "I'm sorry for feeding my child chemical swill. Please don't throw rocks at me."



Or, should formula feeding moms, formula itself, and anything to do with formula just disappear from sight and never be spoken about so that it doesn't offend the eyes of REAL mothers?

Alison - posted on 10/05/2010

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Amy, does "not the healthiest choice" mean a BAD choice?

I think that the bottle-feeding moms suffer a lot of guilt and judgement because of the breastfeeding campaigns. The least we can do to ease their pain is to leave them one t-shirt! A bottle-feeding mom is not necessarily a bad mom and she should not be treated as such. It is shameful that some moms put so much pressure on other moms.

Isobel - posted on 10/05/2010

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is Apple endorsing slave labour? because several of the employees that were building iphones and ipads are committing suicide after being forced to work for 32 hours straight...and nobody's planning to boycott Apple...cause they're WAY cooler than Old Navy (Old Navy we can live without anyway).. DeBeers diamonds...are they endorsing the landmines that are injuring and maiming all the children in Africa in fights over blood diamonds? But we couldn't have a sapphire engagement ring...that simply wouldn't do. Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle are all guilty of damming up rivers all over the planet, displacing tens of thousands of indigenous people who have lived by the water for thousands and thousands of years.

What's that you say again? about how irresponsible it is to support formula?

Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2010

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Amy I do not think it is irresponsible of Old Navy at all. I have done both. I breastfed my first child religiously. My daughter however I was unable to. I did find that there is more guilt from society over bottle feeding so the fact that Old Navy but this onsie out there to me showed support for mothers who choose not to or are not able to breastfeed. Kudos to Old Navy. Like someone else said...there are many onsies out there supporting breastfeeding. Everyone needs and deserves support. Who are we to say what is right and what is wrong.
As I say to friends who are pregnant asking for advice...the only advice I give is to listen politely, smile and not and then do what is right for you and your family. Every family is different and every child is different.

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Lise - posted on 01/07/2011

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Aw, Laura, my engagement ring IS a sapphire! I prefer them to diamonds.... ;-)

Clarissa - posted on 01/06/2011

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there is nothing wrong with formula feeding, so stop trying to shove the breast into unwanted mouths

Celeste - posted on 10/12/2010

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I think of myself as a breastfeeding advocate, however, I don't think it's a big deal that ON has a formula feeding onesie. If someone doesn't like it, they don't have to purchase it.






































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Becky - posted on 10/11/2010

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Good Lord! Could you imagine the uproar if someone would have designed a breast on a onsie?

Marisa - posted on 10/11/2010

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Who care!! What does it matter what anyone else does?? how does it affect all you people if a mother breast feeds or bottle feeds!

Christina - posted on 10/10/2010

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over a onsie?wow i couldnt help but laugh i would put my son in that,because well breastfeeding doesnt always workout either we dont produce enough or it dont come in,i didnt produce enough so i have to bottle feed,there is nothing wrong with it hes just as healthy, if not healthier, than a breastfed baby.just my opinion tho

Charlie - posted on 10/09/2010

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OMG ive seen heaps of breastfeeding slogan onesies , who cares its hardly endorsing formula its just trying to be cute , im all for breastfeeding but come on are people serious ?

Isobel - posted on 10/09/2010

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I would like you to tell all the families of the people who have committed suicide while working the unimaginable hours building ipads and iphones, and all the children who have been shot at or injured by landmines that Iphones and diamonds are not a health hazard...by the way, are you saying that formula is a health HAZARD? because that's ridiculous!

Krista - posted on 10/09/2010

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Sorry Amy, I was referring more to the "general you" as opposed to you specifically. You weren't railing, but others were. They want breastfeeding practically tattooed on peoples' foreheads, and yet they are up in arms because a company had the temerity to acknowledge formula feeding and not place it in a negative light (or not put that little disclaimer in front of it about how breast is best.)

So if you don't want mothers to be apologetic/ashamed about breastfeeding, why do you object to them being offered a onesie that states in neutral terms that their child is formula-fed?

And pray tell, why should I have a guilty conscience...have I done something wrong?

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Some women can't breastfeed, other choose not to. That's a fact of life and tbh I don't see why in the UK stage 1 and 2 formula legally can't be advertised...yet they allow McDonald's to be advertised...slighty hypocritical if you ask me!

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"...by applauding the loud and frequent endorsement of breastfeeding, while railing against a mere mention of formula feeding on a onesie, you and others are basically saying that you wish for formula-feeding mothers to be apologetic, or at the very least, silent about their choice."

Krista, first of all, I'm not railing. I'm opposed. There's a difference. Secondly, I absolutely DO NOT wish for mothers who choose to formula feed to be apologetic or ashamed. You are putting words in my mouth.

Sounds to me like you have a guilty conscience.

Sherri - posted on 10/09/2010

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Not to mention most mom's in the US formula feed vs. breast feed!! So why not dress them in a cute onsie that states that they are formula fed. Mom's should be able to say they formula feed without feeling guilty about it all the time.

Becky - posted on 10/09/2010

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And for my 2 cents on the whole debate on bottle vs breast . . . I've known mothers who have done both and personally I think it is a private decision that needs to be discussed between each mother & her doctor. There are good reasons for formula & there are good reasons for breast. Each mother needs to spend the time weighing the pro's & con's of each option, discuss with her doctor what will be best for her & baby based on each unique situation. After all not every mother possess the ability to properly breast feed their child.

Becky - posted on 10/09/2010

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I don't think the onsie was meant as an endorsement of anything. The truth is MANY American babies are formula feed at some point for a lot of reasons. My mother formula fed me due to medical reasons and I formula fed my daughter after just a couple of months because I didn't produce enough Milk to satisfy my hungry little girl. This onsie designed to be cute, that's all . . . . case in point, they pulled it from the shelves when the war raged at their door. Old Navy is not into Cause related Marketing much and if they were to make a conscious decision to align themselves with a cause, they'd do it with the intentions to increase their market share & grow their profits, not start a war. They certainly wouldn't have picked a controversial topic such as breast vs bottle. Controversy is bad for business, I'm sure if the stores had known what they were getting into, the outfit would not have wound up in their stores.

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Krista E. and Laura, don't be obtuse. I'm not saying Old Navy should come out AGAINST formula feeding. Just that they shouldn't endorse it.

And, Laura, as for celebrities, there's nothing unhealthy about iphones or diamonds. Ostentatious, maybe, but unhealthy, no.

Isobel - posted on 10/09/2010

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I feel exactly the same way when I see a celebrity wearing diamonds, holding an iphone, and drinking bottled water...so?

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Ok, so people who don't want the onesie don't have to buy it. And, yes, America is a free country.Old Navy can do whatever it wants! And mother's can do whatever they want when it comes to choosing whether or not to BF.



All I'm saying is that anyone in a position of influence (celebrities, large companies, etc.) have a moral responsibility to endorse healthy choices.



This onesie makes me cringe in the same way I cringe when I see a celebrity smoking. It's not that that celebrity doesn't have the right to smoke, it's just that s/he is influencing other people - showing them it's "cool" to smoke. Is it legal? Yes! Is it moral? NO!



As for moms who have no choice but to formula feed, I'm not judging! But if there's a choice, science agrees... BFing is best. And too many moms don't choose it b/c it's a personal commitment and sometimes a challenge. Old Navy doesn't need to make formula feeding seem "cool."

Becky - posted on 10/08/2010

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Ok people have far to much time on their hands! If they want to make an issue out of every little thing they do not agree with, I guess that's their right because in this country their free speech & right to protest is protected. However, just because we have these rights, should we necessarily protest EVERYTHING? I think some people get really carried away. Let's take a good look at things before we decide to make a stand starting with the question It is worth my time? You can't change other people's choices to breast or formula.

If you want to boycott, boycott child labor, in just treatment of people, unethical business practices, damage to the environment, etc! There are places that a boycott can lead to the desired change in the world, or at least a step in the right direction. In this case, Old Navy has little to do with the whole reason they are being boycotted to begin with and the boycott certainly does not further either cause!

Cat - posted on 10/07/2010

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Hey, whoever doesnt like the onesie doesnt have to buy it, or they could just design their own that said "Boob Powered" or something... It is absolutely NO big deal to me, a boycott sounds incredibly stupid, but I love Old Navy, I think nearly two thirds of all my kids baby clothes came from there (My sister worked at one lol) Its about as dumb as any other boycott I've ever heard of, Nestle for example... At least with Old Navy, if people are going to boycott them it'd be easy to do, you wouldnt have to label read in every store you go into lol

Tonina - posted on 10/06/2010

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ok i havnt seen the onesie did it say there was formula in the bottle? bcuz i breastfed all my kids but i also pumped when i needed a break or had 2 go sumplace n leave baby w/husband or sitter n since my husband couldnt breastfeed i put breast milk in bottles then i sprouted wings n left does that make me a horrible mother? mayb there was breast milk in the flyin bottle...just a thought

Tonina - posted on 10/06/2010

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Amen to the person who brought up DeBeers Pepsi Coke and some of the other more horrific reasons to boycott to breastfeed or not to breastfeed really? i breastfed all 6 of my kids but that was my choice and i am glad i could make it but its none of my business really if another woman chooses not to i mean really put the info out there as to how healthy it is to breastfeed then leave people alone we have way bigger fish to fry like child abuse poor school systems people not having jobs homelessness seriously!

Marisa - posted on 10/06/2010

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This is CRAZY!! Im not ashamed that ive bottled fed since the day my daughter was born. My other questiob is where is the onsie for BF'ed Babies

Sara - posted on 10/06/2010

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People would then complain about how formula can lead to obesity. It never ends.

Candi - posted on 10/06/2010

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put that onesie on a little chubby tubby baby that was bottle fed and see if people complain then. hha

Sara - posted on 10/06/2010

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Children dying because they starve is a travesty, and that happens every day EVERYWHERE. Who gives a crap about a onesie on a seemingly well-fed, well-clothed infant?

Kayla - posted on 10/06/2010

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I truly don't understand how some people can so easily slam bottle feeding mothers. I have a kidney problem that I need medication for that is obviously not safe to breast feed my baby while I am taking it, which is for the rest of my life. So am I supposed to endanger my babies life by breast feeding them just cause formula "isn't the best choice". Also, I put my own health on the back burner, skipping my medication for the first month of my babies life so she could have some breast milk, for all the nutrients, but she didn't like it. She wouldn't eat, I tried every technique, everything. So I started giving her formula. Was I going to let her starve or force feed her just because she didn't like breast milk. I don't think so! People need to start worrying about things that actually affect the world, not a shirt.

Sherri - posted on 10/06/2010

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This is ridiculous!! It is a innocent onesie!! I am a supporter of bottle feeding and I am a supporter of breast feeding. It is up to the mom and nobody should care if they choose to support one or the other. I am so tired of breastfeeding being thrown in everyones face all the time. Honestly it is a bigger turn off and wants me to run to bottle feeding just in spite.

p.s. I am not anti breastfeeding either by the way I have done both. Just tired of all these moms and professionals jamming it down everyones throats. It is a private decision that a family will make period. Nobody elses business.

I don't even have an infant any more and I want to run out and buy it anyways just to support them.

Candi - posted on 10/06/2010

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I don't shop at Old Nvy anyway. They have gotten too expensive and I have never been able to wear any of their jeans. It doesn't matter to me. My kids are past that stage anyway, so I don't even look at baby clothes anymore and never would have seen the shirt. There are worse onesies out there. My nephew has one that says "I LOVE MY DADDY.....even though he is an asshole" Yes its on a onesie!! I wouldn't put it on my baby, but some people do!!

April - posted on 10/05/2010

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i don't like their clothes anyway...they get all stretched out and old looking pretty quickly! i don't think they should have pulled the shirt...they simply should have made a breastfeeding friendly one too!!

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A lot of Similac was recalled because they found beetle parts and beetle larvae in it. It was making babies sick. Formula is not sterile and many people didn't know this until this incident. Formula needs to be prepared correctly to minimize risks.

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Umm, my son's been off formula for 2 years so I have to ask...Sara D. ....what's the beetle incident?

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I'm a BF advocate and I don't think the onesie is a big deal. There are tons of breastfeeding onesies. I don't, however, like the formula *companies*. For many reasons, but this product is not advertising for a specific brand of formula. I know many people who boycott Nestle as the author said, but boycotting Old Navy for one product? I guess it did work though. Didn't they pull the onesie?



Formula has come a long way, but imo, it's not good enough. It's not the same as breast milk and it doesn't have the same benefits, but the formula company marketing people will have you think otherwise. I have nothing against moms who choose to or need to use formula, but something needs to change so that formula is better (i.e. the beetle incident, in which many people learned that formula is not sterile).

Tracy - posted on 10/05/2010

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some mom cannot breast-feed. i don't think it's fair to state your opinion that it's not the healthiest choice. the formula that is created today has just as many nutrients and health benefits as breast milk. for someone who couldn't breast-feed formula is my son's only way of getting fed and he is healthy and thriving.

Alison - posted on 10/05/2010

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I think it is actually unfair to the bottle-feeders that they pulled the shirt.

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I bet the guy sittin in his office designing this t-shirt and brainstorming a slogan NEVER in his wildest nightmares dreamed that it would get some much negative publicity?!

Rosie - posted on 10/05/2010

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they are endorsing formula feeding??? i simply thought they were selling a product that some people may or may not want to buy.....

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Boycott something more worthy than a silly onesie. I actually kinda like it, and probably would have bought it for my son. Before going to formula, I breastfed for almost the first 6 weeks of Jacob's life. In that time, we bought him a tshirt that said "Pardon my nipple breath." Should formula moms be offended by that? No. If you don't like something, don't buy it. Simple as that.

Dawn - posted on 10/05/2010

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Really, don't people have better things to get worked up about?? My first thought was OK, what were they going to use as the symbol of the breastfeeding onsie (the controversial one had a bottle with wings)....a bare breast and nipple??? Really, I don't see the big deal and I don't see where this "supports" bottle feeding.....bottle-feeding happens. Just my 2cents

Heather - posted on 10/05/2010

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There are FAR more important things to boycott than Old Navy for a BOTTLE ONESIE! Seriously?? If you don't like it, don't buy it!! It's still a free country last time I checked(I have to periodically just to make sure), so these boycotting moms need to write it off and move on to the next isle.

Krista - posted on 10/05/2010

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I think it's regoddamndiculous. I swear, people will not be happy until formula-feeding moms are made to wear hairshirts emblazoned with a scarlet "F". And I don't see it as "endorsing" formula feeding -- I mean, does any sane human being honestly think that a mother will switch to formula because she saw it on an Old Navy onesie? There are TONS of bf'ing t-shirts and onesies out there, why not let FF moms have this one, instead of shrieking to the rafters about how awful it is that a mother would (gasp) admit publicly that she formula-feeds?

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Maybe it's not worthy of a big media circus, but I do think it's irresponsible for Old Navy to seemingly "endorse" bottle feeding when it's clearly not the healthiest choice.

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