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Updated: 2008-01-14T13:34:00Z

 



Oh my gosh! That's amazing. I guess it really does show you how "far" we've come...or really, how far BACK...

2008-08-26T21:26:04Z

Oh my gosh! That's amazing. I guess it really does show you how "far" we've come...or really, how far BACK...

Oh my gosh! That's amazing. I guess it really does show you how "far" we've come...or really, how far BACK we've had to go to get away from this really horrid advice. When did they know it all - the 1800's??




wow that's some really interesting and awful advice.

2008-05-19T18:26:34Z

wow that's some really interesting and awful advice.

wow that's some really interesting and awful advice.




Advice like this is what keeps me sane when I read the new advice in parenting magazines and listen to...

2008-08-26T00:21:12Z

Advice like this is what keeps me sane when I read the new advice in parenting magazines and listen to...

Advice like this is what keeps me sane when I read the new advice in parenting magazines and listen to the latest medical news. There's always someone saying something is bad for you that a few years later is rescinded or reversed completely. So, it's easier for me to keep doing what seems right and natural for our family (whether it be breastfeeding for over a year or trying to switch to organic foods) without going crazy if it just doesn't work out the way we imagine.

I was always impressed my mother even tried to breastfeed any of us (just my youngest sister) because no one was there to show her how. Her mother had thirteen babies, and only breastfed a few of them for a few weeks.




I clicked on the document you showed, and was laughing when it said, "Actually, newborn babies require surprisingly little attention."...

2008-05-19T18:26:42Z

I clicked on the document you showed, and was laughing when it said, "Actually, newborn babies require surprisingly little attention."...

I clicked on the document you showed, and was laughing when it said, "Actually, newborn babies require surprisingly little attention." Unless newborn babies have somehow completely morphed in the last 30 years, this could not possibly have been true. You kind of have to feel for the poor parents who set up for a fall with this advice.

Oh, and I just love our grandparents, the playpen generation. When I was chasing my 10-month-old all over the house over the holidays, my grandmother actually suggested I just throw him in the playpen so we could all just watch him play in there. Then she acted like I was somehow spoiling him when I told her he wasn't going to like that idea.




My mother-in-law was told to (and did) use benzoin on her nipples. She said she was told that it would...

2008-05-19T18:26:41Z

My mother-in-law was told to (and did) use benzoin on her nipples. She said she was told that it would...

My mother-in-law was told to (and did) use benzoin on her nipples. She said she was told that it would help to keep them from cracking but that it was really painful. My husband, a PA, laughed and said sarcastically, "No kidding!" She still can't believe that I nursed Maeve until almost 26 months and that I'm still nursing Gwyn at 13.5 months. She said that as soon as my husband bit her (with no teeth, mind you) she put him on the bottle.




It's crazy how quickly recommendations can change in the medical field. I wonder what we're doing now that our kids...

2008-05-19T18:26:30Z

It's crazy how quickly recommendations can change in the medical field. I wonder what we're doing now that our kids...

It's crazy how quickly recommendations can change in the medical field. I wonder what we're doing now that our kids will look back on with mortification.




It'd be really funny if it wasn't true. My mom breastfed all of us (70's and 80's), but thinks weaning...

2008-08-26T00:19:58Z

It'd be really funny if it wasn't true. My mom breastfed all of us (70's and 80's), but thinks weaning...

It'd be really funny if it wasn't true. My mom breastfed all of us (70's and 80's), but thinks weaning should happen at 6 months, and that I shouldn't be a "pacifier", or hold the baby too much. I did summarize "Happiest Baby On The Block" for her, and amazingly, it changed her whole mindset about spoiling babies. Somewhere along the way I taught her enough that she is (eagerly) flying out to attend my home birth in May.

I wonder what changes will happen between now and the time my kids become parents, and what practices I will be appalled at :)