"Well, I am a doctor, and you should stop wearing him in THAT THING right away, because he will become infertile if you wear him like that! He NEEDS to be in a stroller!"
WTH? I explained to him that what I was using is a mei tei, not a baby bjorn (which I don't think will make boys infertile obviously) and that he wasn't suspended from his crotch. He continued to insist that it would make him infertile, and that he knew, because he was a doctor. I then told him "I think that using your status as a doctor to scare moms and spread misinformation about something you obviously know nothing about is quite disturbing, and if mei ties made boys infertile, Asian nations would have been wiped out a long time ago." He still had the nerve to say "Chinese people don't wear their babies in THOSE things, they use buckets" (!?!)
That's about the craziest babywearing comment I ever received. Some people are so ignorant. Did anyone else ever get this comment? What do did you say?
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Holy crap...to think that this man could actually change some mama's minds about babywearing if they don't know any better makes me sad. So crazy.
The other thing that made me angry is him trying to convince me that mei teis are not actually used in Asia (and PP yes, I have seen those baskets! But I've also seen mei teis and podaegis). When I told the guy I actually lived in Asia for a few years, he said "congratulations!" (!?!?!). Like the mei tei manufacturer was trying to trick me into believing they were really used in Asia. Shame I made it myself . I get really pissed when people try to use their "weight" as medical whatever to push their own agendas.
You'd find out pretty quick whether he was a real quack or not... not that it would make a difference, but it would be amusing at least.
I don't think he was a medical doctor. Or any doctor, really. I think he just read something about Bjorns somewhere. Honestly Bjorns make me wince too (though I certainly don't harrass parents wearing them, and CERTAINLY don't claim to be a "doctor").
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ok , yeah , another one for the chips anddip factory of diplomas , obviously....
did he hand you his card? if not , he wasnt a doctor, they always hand them damn cards out ...
what a nutter
So ladies, I guess we all need to get some buckets!
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