I've read numerous blog posts this week describing the importance of the 'fourth trimester' for newborns and unhurried post-partum recovery for their mothers. However I have to admit that whilst I totally agree with these blogs, I myself have singularly failed to enjoy an extended 'babymoon'.
Not that I wouldn't like to - you understand - it's just that I have a very energetic and demanding two year old, a husband who has to work, and no childcare. Sitting on the sofa luxuriating in my gorgeous newborn daughter whilst gently healing just isn't an option for me.
So, I've been out and about a bit more than I would ideally have liked at two weeks post-partum.
Whilst I'm happy to feed pretty much anywhere, I do need to change a nappy fairly often (!), and this brings me to the point of my post.
I had a pit-stop at the café in one of my all-time favourite shops today. Everything in it is GORGEOUS - from the products on the shop shelves right down to the café's milk jugs (if you'll pardon the pun..).
I had high expectations of their feeding/ changing room too...
On first glance I wasn't disappointed! It had a lovely pink sofa and muted lighting. There was a changing station and a sink. All lovely.
Then I had a look at the walls which were covered in retro adverts.
I took photos:
|*nb. I've since discovered that this advert is actually in internet 'fake' - see comments|
Now - I like a good bit of irony.
However, (and maybe it's those pesky hormones again..), this is a room intended to be used by mothers with young children. Some of them so insecure about breastfeeding in public that they have chosen to hide in the subtly-lit feeding room to do it.
The ads on the wall - retro though they may be - are for cigarettes, carnation milk, baby food, and cola.
I find all kinds of things amusing - but not this. I can't see how - even under the guise of 'humour' - this can be appropriate?
What do you think?
(Please leave your comments below rather than on the group wall as I intend bringing this blog to the shop's attention. Thanks.)