STILL with the negative breastfeeding in public remarks? And this time on a national news show. I seriously am shocked that this continues to be an issue. Of course, breastfeeding laws mean nothing to The Today Show (Savannah Guthrie and Star Jones to name names).
So, on a Today’s Professionals segment late this week Savannah Guthrie starts out by asking Dr. Nancy if it’s proper to breastfeed in public. (Really?!)
Dr. Nancy tries to respond by saying “What is the problem in the society?” and I can tell she has some rational comments about why breastfeeding in public should be viewed as OK but of course she gets talked over by the other chatty opinionated people on the stage.
Like when Savannah Guthrie then compares breastfeeding to going to the bathroom “you wouldn’t go to the bathroom in public!” and then Star Jones says it’s natural, but modesty decisions should be made, “If a kid can ask for a Happy Meal”, they are told to be breastfeed.
People have been tweeting with the hashtag of #NIP to @todayshow to show their disapproval of the comments made by Savannah Guthrie and Star Jones, but I’ve yet to see any kind of response from anyone at The Today Show. See the video (at the 5:50 mark) and transcript below.
Transcript from the show via the Today Show website:
>> i don’t know how we got from that study to this. it will be a good topic for next week. moving on to breastfeeding in public. once again, this issue has been raised. a mother was kicked off of a bus in detroit for nursing her infant son. the driver was suspended as a result and ignited this debate again. dr. nancy, i guess the issue of whether it’s proper to breastfeed in public, is there a biological imperative of a nursing mother if she wants to go on with a nursing life, she will have to nurse in public?
>> what is a problem in society when a mother wants to feed her child and she happens to be breast fielding we get wiggy. we’re so puritanical about not wanting to see a breast but we have no problem watching the victoria’s secret models.
>> it’s crazy.
>> you have to go to the bathroom but you don’t do that in public.
>> what if i said that, i would get in big trouble. busting me — look, i think it’s a beautiful thing. the only place that i would get a little uncomfortable is if i were with my 8-year-old daughter. them i have to get a whole discussion — she — a woman has the right to do that. i would never get up. personally, that would be the only time i would have to get into a discussion and she would say, well, did mommy breastfeed me. but a woman should be able to do what you want.
>> we say breastfeeding is natural and feeding a child is the most natural thing. but at some point, don’t we have to make some modesty decisions on whether or not a child at 4 or 5 years old needs to be breast fed.
>> no, forget it.
>> if a kid can ask for a happy meal, the kid should not be breast fed.
>> if you’re going to breastfeed in public, be discrete. moms are usually modest. they have a towel or blanket.
>> people don’t think they should. a lot of people don’t think –
>> i was not breast fed. can we move on.
>> that explains a lot.
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