Monday, December 19, 2011

The Grinch Who Wasn't Breastfed

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Santa Claus was breastfed and why I thought this way. Well something else has come to my attention (thanks to my 3.5 year old daughter, Pooker) and I have decided to research this one out as well.

The other day, we were all watching Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Pooker looked up at me and said:
"Mommy, the Grinch is mean." 
Me: "Why do you think he is mean?"
Pooker: "No one loves him."
Me: "You are right, no one loves him...yet."
Pooker: "and I don't think he had his Mummie's Nummies."
Me: (A little giggle) Oh no? Why do you think that?"
Pooker: "Hmmmm......" (thinking it over) "Well look at him."

So.... let's look at him. Let's see if Pooker was right.

We all know the song... so let's break it down (Mummie style!):

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch.

(Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed tend not be mean adults. That breastfed babies are more compassionate, empathetic, and caring towards others.) 

You're a bad banana
With a greasy black peel.

(Breastfed babies tend not not grow into rotten people....)

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You've got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch.

I wouldn't touch you, with a
thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch.

(Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed will have fewer dental cavities throughout their lives.... so I guess that would also include no termites.) 

Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crockodile.

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You're a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Grinch.
The three words that best describe you, are as follows, and I quote:
Stink, Stank, Stunk!

(Breastfed babies tend to have fewer allergies vs formula fed babies.....and allergies can cause bad breath and or body odor.)

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch.
You're the king of sinful sots.
Your heart's a dead tomato splotched
With moldy purple spots,
Mr. Grinch.

(Breast-fed babies are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer..... which would help prevent a heart with "dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots.....")

Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing
with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable
rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

(The psychomotor and social development of breastfed babies differs from that of bottle-fed ones and leads at the age of 12 months to significant advantages of the psychomotor and social capabilities. This would help your soul not be appalling....)

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch.
With a nauseaus super-naus.
You're a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked hoss.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich
With arsenic sauce!

So there you have it Mummies. The reasons why (we believe) the Grinch was not breastfed. Okay.... so I know how the Grinch ends.... his heart grows 3 sizes that day, the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two, and  his whole attitude changes. He becomes compassionate, understanding, and his social skills shoot through the roof! It took 54 years (the age of the Grinch) but finally he changed! 

So I don't know..... maybe he was breastfed....maybe not. Or maybe it was just that he found someone to love him (as Pooker says.)

Whatever the reason...
Merry Christmas to the small and the tall!

Thanks to Benefits of Breastfeeding  and for all the help with my research!


  1. This is outrageous - while I support anyone who chooses to breastfeed, this sort of narrow minded guilt tripping for mums who either chose not to or can't breastfeed is unhelpful and cruel. My first refused to breastfeed my second latched on immediately but if I had read this before he was born, it would have made me cry. Bottle fed children are loves and well adjusted - are you honestly believe that "Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed tend not be mean adults. That breastfed babies are more compassionate, empathetic, and caring towards others." what clap trap - there are about a thousand more relevant factors involved here.

  2. Hows it outrageous??....its just her opion....and sounds more like a funny thought...... How is this discouraging....yes its pro breastfeeding...but did you expect any less?!... Many formula feed babies turn out just myself:D but stastics prove the facts.....may you understand why this was wrote with out the idea that some one was being outragious, lol.... Personally I think its cute:) may you have a blessed day and know if you were unable to bf your baby no one would think any less of you:)

  3. I don't think this is cruel or outrageous. My first son was formula fed from 6-12 months and supplemented during the first 6 months and my 2nd son is also supplemented with formula. I found it lighthearted and funny, Plus it's a blog called Mummies Nummies. And she does say her opinion. She never attacks those that use formula, just stats facts about the difference between formula and breast-fed babies.
    It's just a fun holiday post and I enjoyed it.

  4. JoP: I am not sure if you are a new reader, but I have never been against formula feeding. My 3.5 year old (Pooker) was given 2 formula bottles a day for the first 2 months and then we had to give her 100% formula from 11-12 months old. In this post (which was meant to be funny as well as educational) I used proven studies as part of the back up information. Numerous studies have shown that breastfed babies TEND to be healthier and TEND to have benefits that formula fed babies dont have. This does not mean that formula fed babies are less loved or less taken care of. It has been proven that breastfed babies compared to formula fed babies are healthier, have less of a risk for childhood obesity, less risks for childhood and adult diseases. This doe snot mean that breastfed babies will not have these problems, but the risks are lower. (Same as the risk for SIDS is lower with breastfed babies.)

    I applaud you for trying to breastfeed (your first) and then again your second baby. I have never been one to judge the choice a mother makes, I do however try to get the education and support out to those who need it.

    I am sorry if you were upset by this post, but I did do my research and I included my resources.
    I do support all Mummies who breastfeed or not, that has ALWAYS been my stand.

  5. It was an idea from her daughter and she tookbthe idea and ran with it....turned out to be very cute and funny. Im not sure how it was found offensive except maybe u dont follow her on fb. She has never been against formula and supports all mommies and their decisions. I ff my son and have never heard a negative comment from her. This is a bfing advocate blog not exactly sure what you expected but I'm sure it was not to create hurt feelings. If this has upset ppl maybe they shouldnt ever look into bfing facts and statics because all it will do is further more upset someone. Thats all that was written here was facts from different bfing sites to go along with the song. Which I might add was very clever. I love that pookie thought of the idea. Wtg momma for teaching ur.kods the great benefits of bfing.


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