Cecily - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )
I was wondering what everyone thought of those two shows? Is there anything you agree with or disagree with regarding the message being sent out or how certain situations are handled?
One thing I didn't like about the show was the portrayal of breastfeeding. Most of the mothers seem to bottle feed and there isn't much shown about the moments when they tried breastfeeding or actually did for a little while. In the wrap up of season 1 with Dr. Drew, all the mothers talked about how painful it was to breastfeed, how exhausting it was, how "gross" it was, and in episodes before there were mentions of how it made your breast 'saggy'. As a breastfeeding teen mother I think its offensive and discourages mothers and mothers-to-be watching the show from trying it. Its never been painful, or gross to breastfeed for me, and I don't believe its made my boobs look too different. I do admit it is exhausting at times but parenting itself is a job and if you didn't want to be tired, then you should have rethought having a baby! Breastfeeding has a lot of benefits, a few examples being easy for babies to digest and saves money. I'm not saying breastfeeding is for everyone, but I just wished there would have been someone advocating for breastfeeding instead of against it!