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Need some breast feeding educational material....

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laundrylover Thu 09-Oct-08 10:29:56

....for this download site.

DD1 came home from reception (where they have set up a baby clinic)with an awful poster featuring a bottle and dummy. It was from this site sparklebox, in the baby Clinic role play pack.

This what I have written to the site:

"Hi,

My daughter's reception class have set up a baby clinic and the teacher has used material downloaded from your site (which I appreciate is free and seems a great idea). However I am very concerned by the fact that bottles and dummies feature on all the material. There is no mention of breastfeeding at all that I can find.

The WHO guidelines are that mothers breastfeed their babies for at least 6 months but sadly bottle feeding is increasingly seen as the norm the in UK. Children, especially those in foundation stage, are very vulnerable to external messages and frequently seeing bottles and dummies only reinforces the fact that this is the norm, when it fact it is an unnecessary form of artificial feeding and comforting for the vast majority of mothers.

I would like to see the bottles particularly removed from the material and some positive breast feeding material added. All baby clinics now have plenty of breast feeding posters visible and the universal 'you are welcome to breast feed your child here' sign and logo.

I will also post on a forum and ask if anyone has suitable material that they could upload to the site to add to the pack."

I have got some posters from my local Children's Centre for DD1s classroom but wondered if there was anything around that would be good to try and get into the pack.

You can upload material on the 'sharing page' I think or email them through 'contact us'

Thanks,

LL

Aitch Thu 09-Oct-08 10:35:53

oooh, can't help with the material but good on you ll. it's so pleasing to me to see dd2 stick her dollies under her jumper as well as use those plastic bottles that came in the box. smile

wontbepreggersagain Thu 09-Oct-08 10:43:12

all my friends are a bit hmm when i refuse to give mine the plastic bottle things (even my boys like dolls blush) but i want then to feel that bf is normal so that in the future they will not assume that everyone bottle feeds. they see examples of breast and bottle feeding with our friends and family so are exposed to both.

and anyway there's something cute about seeing two 5 yo boys 'breastfeeding' their babies grin

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Thu 09-Oct-08 10:44:31

the baby friendly initiative has a poster you can download and use.

laundrylover Thu 09-Oct-08 10:58:35

Ooh Red, that's the poster I was after!

I noticed that you can suggest resources at the top of the web page so will do that later.

Going to try and go for a run before I pick DD2 up from playgroup...they have toy juice in bottles thereangry...don't get me started!!!

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Thu 09-Oct-08 11:56:13

glad you got what you needed!
juice in bottles - how educational! hmm

laundrylover Thu 09-Oct-08 12:37:54

Red,

Have printed out for school and have suggested as a resource on Sparklebox.

Many thanks.

Any other suggestions - worksheets for example??

Maggieb52 Thu 09-Oct-08 13:31:23

totally agree - we should bombard them with emails suggesting a breastfeeding page. If you search this site for breastfeeding - nothing comes up.

laundrylover Thu 09-Oct-08 21:55:47

Bombard awaygrin!

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Fri 10-Oct-08 00:05:37

bombard who and with what??? Am confused, its late!

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Fri 10-Oct-08 00:09:56

sorry, I just imagined a flashcard (am pmsl grin ) with:

Boobies ( . ) ( . )

grin

oh am in a wicked mood tonight! grin

laundrylover Fri 10-Oct-08 09:29:27

Bombard the site with emails as Maggie suggestedsmile.

Like the flascards ideawink.

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