She told the class that she believes in the Babywise method of scheduled feedings to get babies to sleep through the night. She said that you feed them every three hours and if they are hungry before it is time to eat, take them outside and look at the trees to distract them. Another option was to gradually dilute the evening bottles with water so the baby decides it isn't worth it to wake up.
This is a woman with 2 kids who teaches 4 different yoga classes at our community center. I'm afraid that someone will think that her experience as a yoga instructor means that they should follow her advise.
Should I write a letter to the community center?
Ezzo is downright dangerous. Perhaps you could discuss your concerns with *her* at first (arming yourself with a lot of info about how some babies have been hurt by this man's teachings) and if she's stubborn (likely) then go to the people who sponser her classes.
Prominant people like this have a lot of influence over other people (most especially weak minded parents) First she is assuming you are bottle feeding (breastfeeding is best and breastfed babies need to have free acces to the breast and bf babies need to nurse more often than bottle fed babies) Secondly she is recommending diluting formula, a nono.
She is giving advice contrary to what we know about good parenting.
If you have the energy and will to address this I think you would be doing good.
I'd quietly get the other mums onto MDC one by one.
But never let anything pass if a comment is made as "part of the yoga instruction".
I'll be happy to send you a couple of copies.
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I am a yoga instructor who teaches mom and baby yoga as well as prenatal.
I feel (my feeling only) is that a yoga instructor should be gentle, spiritual, and somewhat alternative. If I were looking for an instructor that is what I would look for. And yes, there is influence involed with the job. I remember taking my first mom and baby class.... our teacher did not have children but was very open and gentle. Some of the women in the class however had some Ezzo issues. Now that I am teaching it I find that there are so many styles of parenting in my class that I have to watch myself. I would never tell a mom to look into any form of CIO and would NEVER recomend Ezzo. It just does not fit the mold. Not that I ever fit into any mold lol.
Can you take her class anymore without feeling a little twinge of anger?
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