I shocked my dh by writing
you, formula companies!" on the ff part of the survey. And I skewed my responses too (inaccurate about my age/occupation/education etc.)
I didn't realize that the survey was used by others, too. It was so transparently formula-oriented that it looked to me like it was absolutely just to figure out how well their marketing was working, and how to better target particular demographics. Especially since there was NOWHERE to put "exclusively breastfed," it was all written with an underlying assumption that I HAD supplemented and/or switched to formula, it was just a matter of when it happened that mattered to them .... that, I think, is a not-so-subtle jab at women who are "deviant" and continuing to exclusively breastfeed instead of supplement/wean to formula. It's an unwarranted assumption, and one which could be potentially damaging not only for a mother who has made the decision to breastfeed exclusively, but even more so to the mothers who are considering supplementing, or have begun supplementing, because it subtly reinforces the "this is the way it's *supposed* to be done, you NEED to supplement/wean" mentality.
Incidentally after that little missive, I didn't receive another formula coupon or sample box (they'd been arriving regularly a couple times a month prior to that).
Now that I'm not so steamed and "in the moment," I can see the worth of filling it out accurately --- but still feel like it's main use will still be to figure out how to "get" to a particular demographic group. I don't know what I'll do if I get another.