In “The Simpsons” Episode that aired December 9th 2012, there was a little bit of a breastfeeding appearance, Well not a little bit, it was quite a big one.
Marge tries to fit in with “hipster” moms who all breastfeed their babies. Now when it comes to the Simpsons family, they are a picture of what is wrong with western American civilization. Homer being the over weight lazy father, Bart being the always in trouble child, Marge being an over worked mother, and Little Maggie who is the somewhat neglected baby… The only child they seemed to do everything right for is Lisa.
I’m not 100% a fan of how breastfeeding was portrayed in the t.v episode, however Marge did turn to say at the end, “the only child I ever breastfed was Lisa, for 9 months” (I’m paraphrasing as I cannot remember exact words) Maggie then looks at her with jealous eyes. You can tell that Lisa is a genius and that stems from breastfeeding.
No I am not a fan of the “If you won’t breastfeed Maggie, that’s fine, we’ll do it for you” Because I am not the type to force any mother to breastfeed…. But I do let every mother that I know, know how I feel about breastfeeding. I will try my best to help mothers who cannot breastfeed, as well as help mothers understand why breastfeeding is best for baby, as well as mother.
What are your Thoughts on the episode? Did they go to far? Did they offend breastfeeding mothers? Or did they find the right balance to not offend either formula or breastfeeding mothers?