I don’t know if it’s just me, but every time I go on a social media site it’s as though I have accidentally logged into my Amazon account.

Between the “suggested posts,” tag sale sites and people just straight up selling the latest pyramid scheme, it’s hard to tell the difference.

What happened to people over-sharing their kid’s latest accomplishments?

Now my “friends” only post or share when they have something to sell. It’s cheesy and it’s spammy. Social media is supposed to be a conversation and a way to stay connected.

No one wants to have a conversation with a door-to-door salesman.

Don’t get me wrong, I know times are tough, and I can appreciate a good hustle, but it seems like everyone I know is using their personal page to sell me something. Even my inbox is full of sales pitches.

Just the other day I was reading a message from a high school friend of mine and I thought they were trying to reconnect and congratulate me for slaying the infertility dragon, but it was all a ruse to get me to buy something.

Sadly, I have received that very same letter from nearly a dozen different friends trying to sell me various products.

Trust me, if I wanted to buy a nail wrap, a candle, a weight loss wrap or shake system I know who is selling what. Plus I have twins, which means I don’t have disposable income to throw around.

The dollars I do have go to ensure we have a warm home to live in, appropriate clothes on our backs and nourishing foods in our bellies. Now that we are parents, our children’s needs supersede our own.

So when I find out that people are selling baby formula they got for free from Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, which is a federal assistance program for health care and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breast-feeding women, and infants and children under 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk, my blood boils.

That’s literally taking food out of a child’s mouth.

That just blows my mind because that formula is the single form of nutrition for a baby and it’s something that child needs to grow and survive until they can eat solid foods when they are close to their first birthday.

As a mother of twins, I know how much formula costs and I wish I could get it for free.

We spend a $100 per week just on formula and I would rather go hungry myself than sell my kid’s food. When we had to change formula because of tummy troubles, I donated whatever I had left. My thought is if I got something for free I should return the favor.

Instead, I see so many people re-selling items they have gotten for free from people like me who are trying to pay it forward. It’s one thing to resell a pack-n-play but selling formula to line your pockets from a program that is meant to help mothers and children is illegal and sickening.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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