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If you’ve spent much time researching breastfeeding on the internet, you’ve probably read an article (or several) recommending that you don’t watch TV while breastfeeding. Um, excuse me? I dare you to say that to my face.
The experts cited in these articles would have you believe you’re harming your child if you do anything other than stare at their angelic little eyeballs while you nurse. Kids are cute and all, but screw that. Their eyes are probably shut, anyway. When you encounter a horrible person, do you think, “Damn. Their mother must have watched TV while breastfeeding?” No. Because that’s ridiculously stupid. The reality is we all harm our children. That’s motherhood, the process of harming our kids as little as possible while they grow. With that said, I’m fairly confident that mothers insane with breastfeeding induced boredom are more harmful to babies than a little background TV.
Did the mom-shamers get to you? Relax, pop on the boob-tube, and read these reasons to let go of the mom-guilt and watch TV while breastfeeding.
Remember that “expert opinions” and research studies are two different things.
Yes, there are research studies that indicate television has ill-effects on children. Essentially, they suspect that kids under 2 who watch a substantial amount of TV may suffer short-term speech delays. I agree that TV time should be monitored and limited; HOWEVER, I would like to have words with person who decided these research findings should be used to shame breastfeeding mothers. Parking your toddler in front of the TV is not comparable to watching TV while pinned to the couch nursing a newborn 8-12 times a day.
As for the implication that the mother-baby bond is impacted if you watch TV while breastfeeding, could someone please point me towards the data? No. Seriously. I’m really asking. I’ve scoured the internet and I’ve seen plenty of articles that cite expert opinions–OPINIONS–on this, but I haven’t been able to locate a single reputable research study. Doctors are really smart people and all, but you better show me some actual evidence of harm to my child if you want me to give up watching TV while breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding mothers deserve medals, not criticism.
Who really cares if you watch TV while breastfeeding? You. Because you read that you’re not supposed to, and you take things like that to heart. This is why they say ignorance is bliss. The people who publish these articles are just trying to provide information. It’s new. It’s there. They write about it. They’re thinking about meeting their editor’s deadline, not about how the never-ending list of parenting recommendations is piling up on mothers and causing some serious guilt. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably breastfeeding, thinking about breastfeeding, or have in the past. That’s enough. You’re doing enough.
There are so many good shows and free ways to watch them.
Once you get past the naysayers, you’ll realize that it’s a good time to be a breastfeeding mom. There are so many cool shows to watch and you don’t need cable. Most of the services listed below come with free trial, so you can easily get through a few months without paying a dime.
The Amazon Instant Video App is free, but you can watch all the Prime content on the app with the Amazon Prime 30 day trial. Also, check out the premium channels on Amazon Instant Video (STARZ, HBO) since they tend to offer 7-day free trials. That’s how I met my fantasy husband, Jamie Fraser from Outlander. I suppose we can share.
TV Antenna (The antenna costs a few dollars, but the digital channels are free with no monthly service fees)
There you have it! We all know that TV isn’t good for kids, but by all means, do what you have to do to get through those first few chaotic months, and–most importantly–don’t feel bad about it.
Have a favorite show that got you through the dark days of non-stop breastfeeding? Please share in the comments!
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