A couple of our readers tipped us off to a recent advertising gaffe that had one baby bottle company in a blowback from both dad bloggers and the breastfeeding folk.
“Your breast don’t have air-vents, why should baby bottles,” asks Bittylab’s website for their BARE bottle. The vent-free bottles are meant to imitate a breast and reduce gas intake by the baby. Sounds great, right? It very well could be, but the product became second-fiddle to the message behind it when Bittylab took to Twitter and started advertising.
This was too easy that I actually had a difficult time coming up with a trademark #8BD lead image. I hemmed and hawed over options like this, to this, to that… and somehow, I still feel like I’ve let you down.
Anyways, the latest issue of Time Magazine is the equivalent to a Paul/Blake lob city slaaaaam dunk for social media. Everyone is talking about the cover featuring nipple-magnet Jamie Lynne Grumet, a somewhat attractive a-cup L.A. mommy blogger who continues to breastfeed her 3-year-old son in skinny jeans and will continue until he’s five. Her blog is Iamnotthebabysitter.com, which has since crashed due to traffic (even though she’s had half the number of monthly visits we get… until now).
We’ve been talking about this one on Twitter, but it deserves a proper OMFG here. Alicia Silverstone, who’s most known for the movie “Clueless” (but we prefer remembering her as Batgirl in the trainwreck “Batman & Robin“), posted a video on her site, The Kind Life, of her baby-birding food to her son.
You know, as in she-chews-it-up-then-spits-it-into-his-mouth. Or, premastication, for you smart types. Or, The Hunger Games, if you prefer.
The editors over at BabyShowerForGuys.com put together a list of seven ways new dads can help with breastfeeding. They offered some good tips – stuff like “become the water boy,” and “offer to take charge of the burping and changing.” Solid stuff. But they missed a couple tips, and that’s where 8BitDad sails in all helpful-like.
I mean, hopefully.
You never know what kind of bizarre stuff you’ll run into bumping around the net for link bait. And no matter how many times I tell myself this fact, I am always stunned when it happens; somebody out there ups the ante.
That’s exactly what happened today when I found a parentdish.com blog about Ragnar Bengtsson, a 26-year-old man in Sweden who is committed to breast-feeding his next baby. To that end, he regularly uses a breast pump to “stimulate lactation” at 3-hour intervals throughout his day. An endocrinologist cited by the blog says that the guy might be able to actually produce something. By the time I’d gotten this far reading about Ragnar, the self-described “milkman,” I did what no dude should probably ever have to do. I googled “male lactation.”
Let’s talk biology. It helps if you listen to “She Blinded Me With Science” as you read this.
A psychologist and brain scientist at the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University (who moonlights at the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine) named Ruth Feldman published a study showing that new dads actually get the same kinds of hormones that new moms get. The two hormones, Prolactin and Oxytocin, were previously thought to be secreted only by mothers, but Feldman’s study found traces of both hormones in the saliva of new fathers as well.
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