Mental Health Awareness Month: Sprout Organic Speaks Out About Formula Shaming

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Gold Coast, QLD (09/05/2023) — Sprout Organic Pty Ltd (“Sprout” or the “Company”), Queensland kids nutrition company, Sprout Organic, is calling on the Australian Government to address the issue of formula shaming this Mental Health Awareness Month by updating the scope and parental messaging within the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (MAIF) Agreement, which is currently under review.

Formula shaming is a form of parent-shaming that can have a significant impact on new parents who choose to formula feed their babies. It can cause feelings of grief, guilt, and inadequacy for parents who are already dealing with the challenges of caring for a newborn. This can lead to postpartum depression and anxiety, which can have long-term effects on both caregivers and their children.

CEO of Sprout Organic, Selasi Berdie, commented on the issue stating “As a brand that deeply cares about the wellbeing of parents and their children, we want to shed light on the impact that formula shaming can have. We want to create a culture of inclusivity and respect for all feeding choices, where parents can feel empowered to make the decisions that work best for their family without fear of judgement or criticism.”

Sprout Organic is urging the Australian government to revise the scope of the MAIF Agreement to promote inclusivity and respect for all feeding choices. The agreement currently aims to encourage breastfeeding as the first choice and optimal option for infants, and while Sprout Organic fully supports this position as a signatory of the MAIF Agreement, it also believes that the long-standing ‘breast is best’ messaging needs to be revisited to reduce mental suffering, in consideration and respect for parents who either cannot breastfeed or have made an informed decision not to.

Berdie added: “We want to emphasise that there is no single ‘correct’ way to feed a baby. Behind every parent is a range of experiences that we may not be aware of: a challenging mental battle, a traumatic birth, a mastectomy, a prolonged stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, a thyroid condition, a breast reduction, or simply an informed personal decision to formula feed, without any justification needed. These experiences can greatly influence parents’ feeding choices. We need to respect and support all parents, regardless of how they choose to feed their child.”

/Public Release.