Alright, so last Friday's "Outrageous Friday" posting was a hit; many of you commented that although the "pee" and "poo" dolls were certainly funny, you wouldn't buy them for your own child. I promised this week's edition would be even more outrageous, and, in my opinion, it is!
Some of you told me you couldn't sleep last night because you were so excited to see what today's posting would hold. Alright, no one said that, but you are interested right? :)
Let me begin by saying that I in no way pass judgement on this week's outrageous find. I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding; the benefits to mom and baby are vast. Baby reaps reduced GI upset, reduced allergies, passive immunities from mom, increased bonding, and more. Mom (oh, how I love that Mom gets some selfish benefits!) is able to lose her "baby fat" much more quickly due to calories burned producing milk plus she doesn't even have to turn on a single light for a two AM feeding. The milk is ready, it's warm, it requires zero effort.
There's my breastfeeding stance. So what happens when Mom decides that her little one is ready to be weaned? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and then continued breastfeeding with supplemental food until age one. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends breastfeeding "for up to two years of age or beyond."
However, many counter that the WHO recommendation of toddler nursing is intended for third world countries where other sources of nutrition are scarce. Madalyn is two, and, for me personally, I think nursing her at this point would be awkward. But WHATEVER your view, today's outrageous find was recommended by a mom trying to wean her three year old, yes, I said three year old, from nursing. Are you ready?
Meet Woolie Nursies:
Oh, they are what you think they are! And to answer your next question, yes, it appears they do come in varied skin tones and sizes! I found them on http://www.thegoodmama.com/ in the blog section (ordering info also included there)! They are apparently filled with flax seed, but you can choose to have them filled with rice so they can be warmed up!
A creative "lovie" to help a toddler or baby wean from breastfeeding? What do you think? :)
Ps. "Outrageous Friday" is not meant to only be about crazy children's toys; next week we will explore a different arena!