Monday, December 04, 2006

Hmmmm . . .

I just had to share this. I love to browse the Urban Baby Runway blog and dream about all of the things I'll never be able to afford. Usually I just think everything the gals over there write about is the coolest/cutest/most awesomest thing I've ever laid my eyes on. Well, today I was reading and saw this product. It's called Milkscreen and apparently you go out drinking and then squirt some breast milk on this product and it tells you if you're too loaded to nurse your baby.

Is there something I'm missing? Who out there is drinking so much that they don't know if they are too drunk to nurse? I have always held fast to the rule "if you're too drunk to drive, you're too drunk to nurse" which I got from kellymom.com. Someone out there is doing a great job scaring the crap out of mamas who are nursing their babes, making them believe even one sip of alcohol will damage their breastfeeding child for life. I can't even tell you how many mamas I have met that sincerely believe they either can't drink while nursing or that you have to "pump and dump". Now, though, you can buy a kit, and for just over $3.00 for each test, you can find out if you're too wasted to nurse your babe (oh, and for those mamas who are doing keg stands at frat houses every weekend, this company sells cases of these strips).

Now, I am sure there is a big market for this product (just like there is for the god-awful and silly looking Hooter Hiders) but in fact, it's completely unneccessary mamas. Here is my totally free holiday PSA: If you're too drunk to drive, you're too drunk to nurse. Give your babe a good breastfeeding session before you imbibe and you'll be good to go for a couple of drinks (or half a Mike's Hard Lemonade, if you're a light-weight like me!).

4 comments:

  1. I guess some people who don't trust their own judgment might find it liberating. I mean, instead of thinking that they can't drink at all, they have a way to check whether they've had too much. Yes, it's silly. But there are a lot worse products out there!

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  2. That's as stupid as bathtub temeprature monitors - who can't put their own hand in the bath to see if it is the right temperature for a baby? I reckon if you buy into all these gadgets you end up never trusting your own instinct and you become powerless.

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  3. I saw that there today, too!!!

    Now, I did use one of those bebe au lait covers (I refuse to buy one that says Hooter Hider!) and it did come in handy a few times. I am passing it on to my "more discreet" SIL. It did work much better than a blanket, for those that are going to use a blanket anyway!

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  4. I know, I know . . . if it's a matter of not BFing so you can drink, then by all means, use this product. If you wouldn't BF without a Hooter Hider, then by all means, drape one on.
    I really think the silliness lies in how completely and totally unnecessary these products are for mamas, many of whom are already struggling to even maintain a BFing relationship in the first place.

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