Amid a baby formula shortage, mothers across the country are worried about being able to feed their infants. Actress Bette Midler had some advice, but many thought it was unhelpful, to say the least.

"TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand," the award-winning actress tweeted Thursday in response to a post about the shortage.


Users quickly told the star that she was mistaken, some more kindly than others.

"Not if you've had a prophylactic double mastectomy," former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted. McEnany had a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, which puts women at a higher risk of both breast and ovarian cancers.

"I’m a huge proponent of breastfeeding. But ya know what? It doesn’t work for everyone and every woman’s situation. Also, foster kids. Adopted kids. Kids with same sex parents. You’d think Bette would know this," political commentator Elisha Krauss said.

"Learning before tweeting ignorant things and having some compassion is also free and available on demand," CBS News White House reporter Kathryn Watson tweeted.

Professor and author Tressie McMillan Cottom said, "I am in the middle of reading something on enslaved women and reproduction so this feels especially ghoulish."

"Imagine having a large gay fanbase, many of whom are raising kids in two-dad households, and thinking this is a good suggestion," tweeted Tim Carvell, executive producer of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Even Ken Bone, who is remembered for asking then-presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton a question during the second debate in 2016, all while wearing a recognizable red sweater, commented on Midler's tweet.

In 2016, his question to the candidates was, “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job layoffs?" However, he gained fame for his lovable appearance.

Bone replied to Midler: "Except that it's not. Not all women are able to produce enough for their infants. Any number of issues can cause this, or just bad luck. For many that can, good luck finding the time/place to pump and store while working retail."

The shortage has become one of the most pressing issues on lawmakers' minds as mothers are forced to travel hours searching for sustenance for their children.


After photos of shelves in migrant facilities stocked with the goods were revealed, Republicans slammed President Joe Biden for his prioritization of illegal immigrants over citizens.

"It is not the childrens’ fault at all. But what is infuriating to me is that this is another example of the America last agenda that the Biden administration continues to perpetuate," Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) said in a social media post.