Will be back with a review when it’s finished – anyone else watching it now?
And I’m back 🙂
Well, got to say that was pretty much what was expected. (Why did I keep wanting to describe it as Extreme breastfeeding??) The program focussed on 4 different women, two of whom weren’t completely British (I mention that only to point out that it meant they had different cultural expectations of breastfeeding) and only one of whom was anywhere near normal. (And I use normal advisedly, but let’s face it, still breastfeeding at the age of 7 isn’t normal in this country.) So you had mum of 2 year old twins, Portuguese mother of nearly 4 year old adopting chinese toddler, 20 year old mum Kirsty with one 18 month old baby and then the mother still feeding her 7 year old.
I did find the pictures of that slightly uncomfortable, will have to ponder on why. I really can’t think it will help anyone considering breastfeeding to give it a go, especially having heard that in breastfeeding families, even dad joins in. Not in this one – I’ll leave Tim to express his own opinion on the matter. Tbh though, it was the cold turkey weaning of the two year old twins that tugged at my heart strings. I think probably I was lucky, Small weaned himself, but it also seemed possible to me that those children had been taught to expect breastmilk at every possible opportunity – there didn’t ever seem to be a cuddle with mum that didn’t involve popping a breast (or two) out. I don’t know, I don’t have that much experience but surely you don’t have to go from 20 or so feeds a day to nothing the next day?
Really liked Kirsty (20 year old) and the Little Angels (group of mothers breastfeeding *older* ie above 6 month old babies!) though, they seemed to be the best chance this program had of convincing ppl that it *is* a normal thing to do. Particularly enjoyed an exchange with a complete idiot in a shopping centre – “Strong as an ox and all bottle fed” said the bloke. Kirsty’s response was that she preferred her child to be “as intelligent as a human”. Gotta love that woman.
(Note this was the bloke who said it wasn’t right to be doing it out in public, ‘cos it’s a weird town in a weird world, and there’s all those peadophidlias (sic) to worry about. Oh dear….)
And then the other family, Dolores. I liked her. Her cultural experience was explained as it being normal to breastfeed up to around the age of 4, so adopting a child from China at the age of 18 months, obviously she’d want to try breastfeeding her. Her belief in the importance of breastmilk really shone through, and just fitted with her, her family and their life.
So, as anticipated, it wasn’t a balanced introduction to breastfeeding above the age of 6 months. It was obviously aiming to court controversy, rather than debate. It isn’t, imo, going to further the aims of those trying to promote breastfeeding in our society. Although it did spark a fair bit of debate in this household, but nothing particularly new – more kind of poke to get rant.
One thing though, did anyone else pick up on the frequent comments about the new law that’s coming to protect women breastfeeding? There didn’t seem to be any hint that it might not arrive, certainly didn’t pick up on any need to send in support . Touching faith in our government that I’m not sure I share. 🙁