Ok, it looks like things got out of hand this morning and it looks like I am the one taking the bullet for this. SO here we go.
First of all, nothing irks me more than people who "heard" from somebody, who heard from somebody about something that happened on our show. Or just heard a certain excerpt from the show and take it completely out of context.
This mornings show started with the discussion of John Travolta being on the Ellen show. He told a story about how his wife breastfeeds their 2 year old child. When they have company over, their child thinks it is adorable to life his wife's "udder cover" (yeah I know what those are, because I own them and plan on using them in public) and invite people to share breast milk with him.
This is what we were talking about. Not breastfeeding in general. If you choose to breastfeed until 4 years old, you have every right to do so. Just like I have every right to my reaction. My reaction is..."eww." Do I think breastfeeding is disgusting? No, I do not. Do I think breastfeeding in public is inappropriate? No. Do I think visiting with a friend and having their two year old child offer me a "hit" of milk off of his mother's breast disgusting? Yes.
As someone on a radio show I put myself out there for criticism and I know I need to be able to take it as much as I give it. What I am frustrated with is the fact that I made a statement, and that statement was completely taken out of context. I am 7 months pregnant. I plan on breastfeeding my child. To be honest with you, that is none of your business. I know the benefits of breastfeeding. I know how good it is for the child. I have done my research. I am not "uneducated" and "ignorant" as some of you have called me. I find it quite ironic that the same people who claim I am judgemental are the same people who are so easy to point their fingers at mother's who don't agree with their stance. What if I am unable to breastfeed? What if I don't produce enough for my child? Will I be a failure as a mother? Will I still be uneducated and ignorant? I hate to think that any woman out there feels like a failure of a mother because they chose not to breastfeed their child, or heaven forbid, only breastfed their child for one year. This is a hot topic. It is heavily debated. No side is correct, but to think that I am the only one making "ignorant" statements is false.
I would also like to point out that their are two other people on the show with me. Why am I being targeted? Because I am a woman? Because I am pregnant? How is that fair? We were also repeating text messages and emails sent in by listeners...those were their opinions. Were they funny? Yes, I think they were. Do I get a laugh out of a lot of things about life, yes I do.
Their has been rumor of a nurse-in being held at our station. If that is what you would like to do to make a statement, so be it. I just hope that you don't plan on bringing your children out in the middle of December to breast feed in front of our station, just to prove a point. Especially when breastfeeding in public was not the issue at all.