I was really excited to find Paper Culture as I'd been looking for a source of green stationery for thank you notes, etc. But I totally do not like several of their baby shower designs! I let them know that I thought promoting baby bottles as necessary baby gear should not be part of their mission as a "green" company and I hope you will too.
If you don’t already have all the items on this card, then it’s perfect timing for your baby shower. Capture the essence of motherhood with this modern baby shower invitation featuring the true essentials of babyhood: bottles, cribs, pacifiers, rubber duckies and cribs. And naturally, printed on premium, recycled paper.
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Those are really cute and it looks to me like most of them do NOT have bottles? I'm not sure I understand the issue. If they ALL had bottles, sure. But what's wrong with some having them? I got bottles at my shower and my kids have never had formula. They are sometimes fed by bottle. But even if they weren't... it looks to me like the consumer has multiple options to choose from.
DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
I'm glad to see your response, Christopher. I agree with you that there are a lot of reasons why parents may choose not to breast feed, or simply not be able to, like your family. Breast feeding mothers do often use bottles for pumped milk, too.
I'm pleased to see though, that you agree that referring to bottles as part of the true essentials isnt quite a good idea. I understand and appreciate that your company offers tons of selections without bottles as well. It's just the phrasing on those ones that do; saying bottles are a true essential heavily implies that you HAVE to have them, when in reality, you dont. My 6 month old hardly ever gets pumped milk in a bottle, and a lot of other mothers successful with breast feeding give no bottles whatsoever.
So while I do think keeping the selections with bottles is a good idea, the wording needs a lot of help. If bottles are a true essential, add a pump to that list!
Christopher, thank you for sharing your response here; I'm sure many of us appreciate it.
I still feel, however, that accepting and using baby bottles as an icon of babyhood is promoting their use as normal - and clearly, although many of us have used bottles (by choice or not) including me, this is ultimately damaging to both baby's health and the environment.
Breastfeeding is normal, not a choice. When this is not possible, then bottles are often (though not always) used to enable baby to feed, and they remain important as a back-up when breastfeeding is not possible. However, particularly in light of your own experiences which indicate that you appreciate the importance of breastfeeding and were willing to fight for it for your child, I'm sure you agree that bottle-feeding should not be an automatic choice for parents. If we are to move to a society where breastfeeding is the default and bottle-feeding only where necessary, then images of bottle-feeding as representative of babyhood are inappropriate.
I found this article on breastfeeding and the environment very interesting. Please understand that I do not wish to judge those who use formula or bottles - I myself have used both - but equally I do not wish to be patronised or deemed incapable of hearing the facts. You may well have come across it, but if not you might like to have a read. The Ecological Impact of Bottle Feeding by Andrew Radford of Baby Milk Action. If your company is seriously interested in protecting the environment, I would encourage you to consider removing the images on your stationery.
Thank you for reading.