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I never watched this show when it was on, but have been watching it in rerun recently (at the end of the day, I don't have the energy for anything else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ). At first I was impressed that they always mentioned breastfeeding (they made it very clear that all the kids had been breastfed--yeah!), but then last night's episode made me seethe....<br><br>
The episode started out with the families in the park talking to another mother. The woman's toddler (maybe two or so?), runs up, says he's hungry, so the mom lifts up her shirt and feeds him.<br><br>
When everybody gets home they discuss what a FREAK she is, make jokes about trying to see her boobs, and act generally horrified that anyone would bf past the age of one!<br><br>
OK, this is bad enough, but it gets worse...<br><br>
It turns out that Kim is secretly breastfeeding her son (about 1 year old or so). When her husband catches her doing this she is ashamed. Her husband tries to be semi-understanding about his wife not wanting to break the bond with her son, but then she turns around and admits that she's only doing it because she likes having bigger boobs!!!!! So they decide to force weaning, at which point I turned it off (they started showing scenes of the baby crying at night for his mommy, and daddy showing up with a bottle which he did NOT want and crying even harder--sorry, can't watch that).<br><br>
Since I didn't watch to the end, I don't know if there was some kind of "epiphany." Somehow, I doubt it. Very sad.
 

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i saw it forever ago and i am pretty sure there was no point in the end <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I also caught part of this yesterday, and I also couldn't bear to watch the whole thing. I do think the child at the park was a little older than 2---maybe around 4 (obviously, still well within world averages for bfing)---but the child that was being forcibly weaned couldn't have been more than 16 months tops.<br><br>
I also turned it off at the middle-of-the-night crying. Blech. Horrible.<br><br>
However, I did think it was interesting that, on this mainstream show and in the midst of all of these negative depictions of EBF, that 12 months was depicted as a totally normal, reasonable amount of time to breastfeed your child. Especially when 60% of American women don't make it to 6 months and 80% don't breastfeed for a year. I mean, for them, 12 months IS extended breastfeeding!<br><br>
So, maybe there was one positive message embedded in all of the blech of this show. Even if it was phrased as "Don't <i>the books</i> agree only to breastfeed them for a year?"<br><br>
It was nice to read these posts, because sometimes I think: Is everyone else sitting at home laughing at this "hilarious" trauma? Am I the only one who thinks this is horrible?!?<br><br>
Good to know I'm not alone....
 

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that episode was the one where I stopped watching it in prime time. it made me that sick... I mean I know that show is all about the lowest denom of preppies and the lowest denom of true trailer trash, and neither is the most natural or educated in the important things, but still!
 

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I saw that show awhile ago and was disgusted. They end up like weaning the baby to a bottle with her husband wearing the wife's dress or something. It was really stupid.
 

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Our society is so backwards. It's horrible that they would put that on tv. Kids are meant to wean, they'll wean when they're ready! When I was pregnant it was always do this do that, set a schedule, make baby do this and that and it went against my every instinct, luckily I didn't listen to any of it, and I have an incredibly healthy, happy baby. My baby hardly ever cries, everyone I know is always astonished at how quite and content he is. I must be doing something right.
 

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The whole concept of "weaning to a bottle" is just stupid. If you're going to wean at all it should be to adult food*. Seriously, I just don't get how these people can think that the same baby they feel is young enough to need formula is also too old to need breastmilk.<br><br><br>
*Note that I don't consider a toddler who regularly has bm in a sippy cup to be weaned.
 

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Yep, this is the episode where I stopped watching, too. She does finally say that she is nursing for reasons other than big boobs, but the whole episode is ridiculous and downright stupid. I kept saying afterwards, "at least she nursed for a year, at least she nursed for a year....."
 

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That episode always has me so steamed...<br><br>
But I also get confused by "weaning to a bottle".<br><br>
Why would a child be young enough to need a bottle, but too old to nurse? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Lots of people think this way though.
 

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I saw this show a while ago and it really annoyed me. It was so stupid! I also think weaning to a bottle is ridiculous. All three of my girls weaned in their own time and went straight to a cup and adult food. Kim seems very vain to me, so I guess it's not surprising that she would be breastfeeding for the boobs.
 
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