Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy the Reality Show?!?!

There appears to be a reality series in development which will focus on mothers who breastfeed "older children."  This was inspired by the controversial Time Magazine article about attachment parenting featuring a mother breastfeeding her three year old child on the cover.  Would you watch such a show? If so, what do you consider to be an "older child?"

Many organizations like the World Health Organization recommend breastfeeding "up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond."  It appears that only in America do we have such a hangup about breastfeeding.  This topic can become very heated when placed in the context of breastfeeding in public or breastfeeding an "older child."  In my experience, most people would equate an "older child" as a child over the age of one.

As I have stated before, I think these kinds of shows do an injustice to breastfeeding.  I think it only serves to sensationalize what should be a natural thing between mother and child.  On one hand, out of sheer curiosity, I can see myself watching a show like this just to see what it's like.  On the other hand, I want to boycott a show such as this if the reviews indicate that it is sensationalistic.  If a show like this is done tastefully and is supportive of breastfeeding then I am all for it.  If it is only there to further stir up anger and resentment against breastfeeding mothers than I think there should not be a show like that on television.

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