Oh, Audrey Roloff, you really stepped in it this time. This week's episode of TLC's Little People, Big World offered a glimpse into the world of the Roloff clan's newest arrival, Ember Jean Roloff — now 8 months old. The episode documented the days before Ember arrived as well as the first two weeks after her birth. Her parents, Audrey and Jeremy Roloff, are (obviously) featured, although the episode highlight certainly came from Mom: Audrey Roloff joked that baby formula is "a sin." Uh-oh.
The new parents explained on the episode that Ember was having difficulty gaining weight as a newborn and was not nursing frequently. "We just don't have feeding figured out yet. It just didn't come easy for me, my body, for her," Roloff said on the show.
So what did Ember's pediatrician recommend? (You can guess where this is going.)
When the pediatrician brought up the idea of supplementing Ember's feedings with formula, Roloff wasn't a fan. Despite having suffered mastitis and generally struggling with breastfeeding, Roloff was determined to succeed at nursing.
"I was very adamant about breastfeeding exclusively," Roloff said on the show. "Formula is, like, a sin."
"I never thought I would do that, but at the same time, I need to feed my baby, so we have to do it," Roloff continued. Well, that's the important thing.
Despite Roloff's apparent eventual conversion to the "fed is best" camp, it may not surprise you that the Twitter backlash against her earlier comment was swift and harsh. Followers flipped out at the suggestion that formula miiiiight be the work of Satan. And they have every right to; to breastfeed or not to breastfeed is a mother's personal decision, and judging or shaming someone else's choice is never going to sit well — certainly not on social media.
Oh Audrey, formula is not a sin. Fed baby is all that matters. #lpbw
— Tbonemalone (@Tbonemalone4) May 2, 2018
I love the show but I CANNOT stand Audrey! Get over yourself already!! Your not the first person to give birth and have breastfeeding struggles!! Geez!!!
— Wendy💛 (@WendyBird1206) May 8, 2018
Did she say “Formula was a sin” I want to slap her #LPBW
— GNS (@GlitterNStuds) May 2, 2018
We mamas are all just doing the best we can, OK? Audrey, just go forth and feed that adorable baby ginger of yours — however you want to feed her — and all will be well. Satan's got bigger fish to fry.