The View has never been known for accuracy, but a recent show which perpetuated lies about breastfeeding reached a new level of harm and irresponsibility. Let us be clear; Breastfeeding: It is A Big Whoopi.
Have you seen it?
Here are a few of the unkind and inaccurate statements that I see, line by line:
Let’s start with Whoopi’s request to “Back off, because it’s hard enough…just back off”.
It seems to me that she is saying this to the breastfeeding community at large, and so many new moms who wanted to nurse and could not resoundingly say that they wish they had had resources and support. If we back off, how will they get those?
“There are lots of organizations who tromp through those hospitals and demand that you breastafeed”.
Well, first of all, if we have lots of organizations tromping through the hospitals, the hospitals are not doing their job and we would be rich from suing them for HIPPA violations. But we all know this fact is not true. In fact in most hospitals, a new mom may not even see a breastfeeding support person- no matter how badly she wants to.
“If 90% of women could breastfeed, probably they would”.
Well Whoopi, 90% of women CAN breastfeed (more than that!) and they are not, because of you and others like you spreading these ignorant opinions as though they are fact.
“I did not want to breastfeed because Michael was born with a tooth… that tells you everything.”
What does that tell me? Teeth do not affect nursing! They have completely separate and unrelated functions. A baby gets milk by using her latch not her teeth! I have two children each with a full set of teeth, they both still nurse and their teeth are irrelevant to the process!
“But the idea of people making an initiative and saying, ya’ know, this is something we need to put on the books, I think most women kind of know this I don’t think you need any more pressure to be able to do it” and then watch her body language.
First of all what is she even saying here? Really, these are just a bunch of words.
But no more pressure? Seriously? That is exactly what you have added to new moms and moms to be, Whoopi.
Every mom with whom I have spoken except for two have wanted to breastfeed. Maybe she was a first generation breastfeeding mom with no support, or maybe there was nobody in the hospital who could help the baby with her latch or explain that as long as her baby was gaining wait he was getting enough milk.
These moms who wanted to breastfeed but could not, they hold themselves and their bodies responsible. For a very long time.
And as they share their struggles of why it was unsuccessful their eyes fill with tears because they wanted to nurse so badly. By encouraging breastfeeding support people and those who provide these resources to “back off” Whoopi is creating more sad mothers.
Elizabeth adds “and don’t take away my formula”.
This message is clear and powerful and not supportive of breastfeeding.
Elizabeth also describes her child as a “pirana when he first came out“- as though this is abnormal or bad. She had a baby who was ready to latch! This is a good thing!
And this is why yesterday’s episode of “The View” is a big deal. Because yesterday there were four women- all mothers- sitting on a stage not supporting breastfeeding. At best, they sat back and let the 3 others pass their judgement and present non-facts. At worst they convinced a new mom that she was right not to try or to give up.
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