Saturday, April 22, 2006

Totally Appalled by People Magazine (RANT!)

I was reading People Magazine this morning.

Yes, because it had a story about Katie Holme's baby. (Hey, I'm FROM Toledo - I practically have an obligation to be interested in the bizarre goings on in the life of our hometown girl hero turned TomKat zombie.)

Anyhoo, I was reading the story about baby Suri, and in a blurb at the bottom of one of the pages, it talked about "Scientology" and raising children.

This about made my hair stand on end and I wanted to spit I was so mad at the sheer stupidity of one of the items. It said something like, "Brew Your Own: While breastfeeding is fine, Scientology suggests brewing a baby formula from barley water, milk, and corn syrup."


Um. HELLO!!! There are so many things wrong with that statement that I CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE that People Magazine printed it.

First, "while breastfeeding is fine" - while breastfeeding is FINE? FINE? Not, preferred? Not, recommended by pediatricians the world over??? Not, recommended by the American Medical Association and the World Health Association, but, FINE? FINE????

Pasta can be fine. Hair can be fine. The f**king weather can be FINE.

Breastfeeding, on the other hand, is simply not done justice by tossing it off casually, as "fine".

But, making this even worse, is the UBELIEVABLY STUPID SUGGESTION that a mixture of barley water, MILK, and CORN SYRUP is PREFERABLE to BREASTMILK or BABY FORMULA.

There is a REASON that babies who do not get breastmilk get baby formula.

I cannot even believe, that a national magazine would suggest that is OKAY to brew your own formula, from cow's milk and sugar and barley water (barley water???).

Babies cannot have milk. They cannot have milk until they are a year old. Now, I didn't formula feed Gabriel (he nursed for a year), so, I do not claim to be an expert on why this is - but, I do know, that the only appropriate foods for new born babies are breastmilk and baby formula. THAT'S IT.

Here's a group of Canadian doctor who DO know why.

I've also read that most young infants cannot digest the proteins in cow's milk, and that giving them cow's milk can cause all kinds of digestive distress.

I'm so ticked that People printed this, I think I am going to have to write a letter to the editor.

That's all for now,


Blogger c h e l said...

If I am going to feed my baby Super Scientologist Barley Brew, I'd rather just give her some maple syrup. The kind with no "real" maple syrup in it. Or, even better, the sugar-free kind with saccharine and coloring. In fact, I'll just skip the baby bottle and let her gulp it out of the bottle the syrup comes in. Maybe I can even find a fragile glass one.


Saturday, April 22, 2006 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Nicki said...

I read that and totally feel ya. It is horrifying. I think it is old-school though, I am hoping that Scientology as a pseudo-cult-religion no longer actually does this. But I also read some horrifying things about letting the baby cry and not letting the baby see the mother for the first two days and never answering the cries (since the baby is an adult already and can 'cope' - never mind the lack of verbal or muscle ability to help oneself!!!) and other equally horrifying things. If these thigns are true, I don't understand how Scientology babies live. It is sick.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 7:39:00 PM  

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