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I just learned from Julie that Johnson & Johnson’s, which is putting on a big party for mommybloggers in April, is specifically EXCLUDING nursing babies and their moms from the weekend. Although they had already made her arrangements, fully paid, they rescinded the invitation entirely when they learned that she would be bringing her newborn in a sling.
Seriously? I mean, seriously?
Don’t they realize that in a weekend of seminars on baby care and hair braiding that an 8 week old baby couldn’t possibly be resented by the other mommybloggers, and in fact, would probably be welcomed? (Julie, you and Oliver can come hang out with me in D.C. anytime! I’d love to hear those baby coos and giggles again, and you wouldn’t distract me in the least!)
Don’t they realize that newborn babies who are exclusively nursing cannot leave their mothers for an hour, much less a three- or four-day period?
Don’t they realize that moms are, by necessity, very good at multitasking?
Don’t they realize that they may be undoing some of the good that they have done in the baby education realm with this one disinvitation?
Who would have thought that the women in planetary science were actually ahead of Johnson & Johnson’s in this area?