Toy bottles

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ella
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Toy bottles

Post by ella » Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:44 pm

I'm feeling a little glum about young girls and their attitude to breatfeeding. Last week a little group of girls (8 yrs) were playing "mums & babies" one of the girls said their baby was hungry & it needed a bottle, I asked if any were brestfed "eeeewww gross" was the reply. I commented that my little Ruby (who they all know) is breastfed...another "eeewww gross".

I can see that these girls maybe haven't had much exposure to breasfeeding (something I can work on!!), but I also wonder if seeing someone breastfeeding would be enough to overcome their social conditioning that breastfeeding is "gross" and bottles are "normal"????????????????? I just dont know?

I'm so seriously sick of every second toy baby/doll having a bottle included in it's box. Why? The message they send worries me.

How do you go about complaining about toy bottles? who would you even complain to??
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Post by phoenix » Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:12 pm

Yes Ella it is frustrating. This is the sort of reaction i would expect from teenagers but hey children get their ideas from somewhere!
Was this a group of girls at your school? Is it possible to do a feed and bath demo for the class? Ideally it would be someone with a young baby. It's a great way to get the word out about BF in a fun way.

Are these school toys? The kindy David went to had no bottles for the home section, I also got them the teddy bear slings and they held a feed and bath demo one year as well.
Or I guess if there are bottles you can write EBM on there
:-D this way you don't make them think that bottles are necessarily bad-there are lots of mums who work and the babies have EBM when away.

Oh and I moved this to the new advocacy section :wink:
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Post by Rosie Posie » Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:28 pm

phoenix wrote:Is it possible to do a feed and bath demo for the class? Ideally it would be someone with a young baby. It's a great way to get the word out about BF in a fun way.


I recently did one of these with my DD as the demo baby at a kinder. After breastfeeding her and she was still fussing a little girl said "she needs a bottle". It is very ingrained this bottle culture perhaps because bottle feeding is so obvious and breastfeeding is nice and discreet.
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