I went to the local children's consignment shop today and saw among their parenting books the dreaded "Babywise". I told them that this book and its' methods were linked to dehydration, malnutrition and failure to thrive in infants due to its' strict feeding regiment and advocated leaving babies to cry. They pulled the book.
Someone gave me that book when my dd was born. I had never heard of it at the time, but I skimmed through it and couldn't believe how nutty it was. It went straight into the trash. Now that I know how dangerous it is, I'm especially glad that I didn't just give it away!
I hide them too. Then I prominantly arrange the more natural minded birth /parenting books.
If Dh is with me and there are pregnant woman walking up and down the aisle I pick up a book and start ta lking to him really loudly about why the book I'm holding is so great. He just laughs at me and says they fix up the books at the end of the day - well, at least it's at the end of the day and fora day no one, hopefully, bought Babywise (or what to expect...)
I'm really not an activist type, but I am a new mother who knows how easy it might be to believe such nonsense out of ignorance. Hey, if I hadn't found MDC, God only know what I'd be doing to my baby now
So what happens to the new mothers who just happen to find Ezzo first?
There are several copies listed on ebay now. I'm sure some well-intentioned mothers to be are going to buy them. I just wish there were some way to warn them.
BTW, one of the copies on ebay is being sold by a non-profit involved in relief and emergency services. A sad irony...
I work in a bookstore and we're not allowed to remove the books from the shelves (noncensorship), but I do make sure my fellow booksellers know what a horrible book it is, and I offer my opinion freely to people buying it, too (I've turned quite a few off the book, I dare say.)