Over the years, several movies and television shows have talked about and portrayed breastfeeding. A lot of times, it was intended to normalize breastfeeding and educate children about the same. While sometimes it was portrayed in a rather problematic way.
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Here is a list of some TV shows and movies that have depicted breastfeeding in various ways:
The topic of breastfeeding has come up several times on the very popular TV show Friends. Whether it be the episode where Joey and Chandler ask about breastfeeding or when Chandler tries to taste breast milk, there have been multiple portrayals with different opinions and perceptions.
In an episode where Joey and Chandler get uncomfortable when Carol breastfeeds Ben in Monica’s apartment, Ross defends her by saying, “This is the most natural, beautiful thing in the world,” and adds, “This is my son having lunch.”
Breastfeeding has been portrayed several times during the nine seasons of The Office. One of the episodes where Pam learns to breastfeed her baby is significant. It shows that mothers can take some time to learn and to get comfortable with nurturing their babies.
There’s another episode where one of the characters, Hannah, breast pumps in her office, unapologetically. When a colleague sitting beside her continues to stare at her and asks her to do it somewhere else, Hannah sits unbothered and asks him to look away. This also reflects the lack of breastfeeding rooms in offices.
Sex And The City
A lot of times, getting used to the changes occurred to their body, especially in the size of their breast, after pregnancy is challenging for women. Sex and the city has tried to portray the very same problem in its season five premier.
When Carrie exclaims, “Your breasts are huge!” as Miranda feeds her baby in front of her, Miranda has a candid conversation with Carrie about the growing size of breasts after her pregnancy. The scene tries to depict a way of doing with the significant changes that a woman’s body undergoes because there is always a “learning curve.”
Although this episode doesn’t display breastfeeding, it reflects a problem associated with the same act. In an episode from the show, Miranda asks Addison to stop crying so that her breasts don’t leak. And as Addison is unable to do so, Miranda leaks through her shirt.
This episode has put light on a problem that all of those infant mothers face but can’t talk about in public. Although it can be a little embarrassing, there’s nothing to be ashamed about leaking breasts.
In an episode from the third season of Gilmore Girls, Curmudgeonly Luke expresses how he feels uncomfortable when he finds any woman breastfeeding her baby in public. That is when Lorelai takes the women’s stand and refuses to shame a woman for breastfeeding in public.
She makes it very clear that a man can not come up to her and ask her to speak to a mother to stop breastfeeding her child in public just because he felt uncomfortable. If you feel uncomfortable, it is you who leaves the table.
In a 1977 episode of the television show Sesame Street, Buffy Sainte-Marie shares some actual facts about breastfeeding with the big bird while she breastfeeds her son Cody.
She says, “Lots of mothers feed their babies this way.” This episode from Sesame Street is a successful attempt to make parents understand and feel comfortable talking about breastfeeding with their children.
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