Sunday, December 27, 2009

Not-so-Super Nanny

There is so much that bothers me about Jo Frost's attitude towards breastfeeding and natural parenting, I don't even know where to begin.

Let's start with a few tidbits from her book, shall we?

~~Frost says generations have been raised on formula and turned out "just fine".

~~Confident Baby Care recommends breastfeeding mothers consider introducing a formula feed between six weeks and three months as formula will fill babies up more so they sleep longer.

~~Use a dummy to get newborns to sleep - but no baby should go past a year with a dummy.

~~Have baby in a bassinet in your room at the beginning - for ease of feeding and to be there for him. Bed-sharing is a no-no.

~~Avoid soap on your nipples - after nursing, wash them in a teaspoon of vinegar diluted with water to sterilise, and then air-dry.

~~No controlled crying until six months.

Sigh......may I bash my forehead on the screen now? How does this women have her own television show and the admiration of millions of mothers around the world?

Ten points for comments who can spot what is wrong with her advice.


Floris said...

Wow, unbelievable! The first one about people raised on formula turning out fine is just sad. There are way too many FACTS that state otherwise. Unfortuately, there are other people that share her views. My sister went to visit the lactation consultant where she delivered because she was having problems breastfeeding. The consulant prettly much told her it was ok to give formula, it wasn't the end of the world, and offered her some during the visit. Before we left, she made the statement that there were plenty of people that were fed formula as babies that turned out to be "geniuses".

Anonymous said...

You mean theres actually anything right about her "advice" ???

She sure as hell aint a super nanny...Not unless you add the word "goat" at the end... :O