Two news programmes here in the UK tackled the heady issue of breastfeeding on British telly last night.
Most of Channel 4’s attempt made me pretty mad although Dr Ellie Lee (who also features in my book) was fifty shades of awesome if you can get past the first 4 minutes of breastfeeding eulogy which precedes her.
I love the bit when Dr Lee points out that most people do not have children as an “anti cancer strategy” in response to some unsubstantiated claim about breastfeeding and breast disease.
Also thanks to this programme I discovered that if everybody breastfed then nobody’s baby would need to see doctors. Who knew? Certainly nobody I have ever spoken to – I don’t believe i know a single baby – breastfed or bottle fed – who hasn’t had at least one trip to the GP in their first year. It’s just bullshit.
And then there was Newsnight on BBC2 (programme available on the BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days only – it’s about 25 mins in). The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) banged on about insufficient support for breastfeeding, completely ignoring the fact that it’s actually support for those who can’t or choose not to that is totally missing from the equation.
The last thing I needed was more “support” when it became very obvious that breastfeeding was not going to work. What I needed to know at that point was the best way to sterilise a bottle and which brand of formula was best for my hungry baby.