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Wow! This is Kind of Annoying...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Spotted via "Life in the Fish Pond" earlier today...

Apparently, the Discovery Channel has a web site called Yucky Gross & Cool Body" that is dubbed the "Yuckiest Site on the Internet." The point of the site is to teach children how their bodies work. It's a cute concept and generally does a pretty good job of explaining things like why you belch or where farts come from.

That said, I'm disappointed to find that in the "belches & farts" section, is the following text...

When you were a baby, just like every other baby, you probably cried a lot and sucked down bottles of formula. You know what else you swallowed? An invisible gas called air! And you know what your loving parents had to do? Pat you over and over again on the back to "burp" you.

Anyone else catch that?

Now, I suppose we could give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that the "just like every other baby" refers to the fact that everyone was a baby...but it sure reads like "every other baby sucked down bottles of formula" doesn't it?

I find that sad.

Surely the Discovery Channel, of all people, takes the time to do a little research before they write... Like they couldn't have just said...

When you were a baby, just like every other baby, you may have cried a lot and sucked down a bottle now and then...

Now I'm not one for political correctness, nor do I usually find myself getting nit picky, but this one just kinda rubbed me the wrong way...

Not worth a letter writing campaign, but I have been debating over dropping them an email to point out that they're not exactly being factual in their information... Likely not a battle worth fighting though.

What do you think?


  1. Blogger Carrie Willard | 2:46 PM |  

    Bottle feeding is the norm :(

    True story:
    One day my kids (they love babies and are always talking to them when they see them around) approached a woman bottlefeeding a baby at her table in a restaurant.

    My 4 year old looks up at me and asks me "What's that" He looked at me as if she had a screwdriver in the baby's mouth. He simply had no idea what the woman was doing with that THING in her baby's mouth.

    I tried to tactfully explain that she was feeding the baby, and that some mommies feed their babies with bottles, but that you guys got your milk with a different method of delivery.

    The grandmother, sitting across at the table, looked at me and said "So did mine" and gave me a big smile. :)

    So for my own kids at least, breast is the norm.

    My greatest fear is that my sons will marry women who do cribs, schedules and bottles!

  2. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 2:50 PM |  

    Oh Carrie...a crib using mom wouldn't be the END of the world... ;)

    After all there are some mighty opinionated lactivists out there that had crib-sleeping babies. :)

    But that is a cute story...reminds me of the time someone bought Elnora a doll that had a pacifier in it's mouth. Every time someone would put the pacifier in, she'd look at them like they had horns and whip that thing right back out.

    LOL. :)

  3. Blogger Wicked Stepmom | 2:55 PM |  

    Babies can suck down air while nursing too... The Mouse (currently 8 wks old) ingests a WHOLE LOTTA air, particularly on the left side b/c I apparently have a much stonger let down one that one. She can burp and fart better than most grown men. :)

  4. Blogger Carrie Willard | 5:51 AM |  

    True...I guess what I envision is a cry it out type of approach combined with a crib. And that is my nightmare :)

  5. Anonymous Anonymous | 1:23 PM |  

    So very careful not to offend, isn't it? ;)

    I do think it's relevant to challenge misinformation, and this is misinformation. If bottle feeding is mentioned as the only way to feed a baby, then a gentle email pointing out alternatives is valid.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous | 12:41 PM |  

    Crazy as it sounds I find myself curious. Whats so bad about a crib?
    I found this site while trying to figure out ways to promote a website with very little money. But since I do have a BSN and have always been interested in child development I have to ask.
    A child has a much faster biorythm then adults do and sleeps alot and eats numerous times throughout the day. Now my sister is a dentist and her kids slept in boxes when they were little. while smaller then a crib they still keep the little ones from getting in trouble should they wake before you get out of the shower. Of course mothers milk is always the best and I am glad my wife agreed with me on that. But if your greatest "fear" is being related to someone who uses a crib and might feed their kid with a bottle then you live in a different world then mine.. I find there are alot worse things to worry about.
    As an example your son could marry a woman who tapes her kid to her 24/7, breast feeds, and smokes crack when noone else is around.
    I'm sorry but there is "ideal"(which is probably mostly unknown) and then there is practical for that person. Some people aren't so rich that they can stay with their baby all the time. Others dont have milk come in like it should and some have to stop breastfeeding due to cracked nipples that get infected no matter what they try to combat dryness etc. In my world bottlefeeding is not the norm but we dont usually judge those that do or even form an opinion unless we know the whole story and most strangers arent going to tell you all those details.

    -Bryan Fullerton
    Black Ridge Custom Car Accessories

    i thought I had an account but it isnt working. bah. I'll try other.

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