Sitting in front of TV with baby to feed....

(35 Posts)
shoppingtrolley Fri 08-Feb-13 18:44:06

In the evenings I often watch TV/films while holding and feeding baby -- but is this bad for her? I would never put her in front of 'baby' TV, but is it bad for her if I am watching something too?

shoppingtrolley Fri 08-Feb-13 18:44:32

Wanted to find out whether other people are doing this! Thanks

I do this! It keeps me entertained when I'm feeding DS, he is looking at me or drifting off to sleep most the time he's on the breast anyway, it keeps me sane if anything especially in the cluster feeding days.

I watch TV whilst feeding too. I'm currently watching Peter Pan with DD1 (3.8) & feeding DD2 (2weeks). I'm also on the iPad mumsnetting grin.

scrivette Fri 08-Feb-13 18:48:47

Oh yes I always used to was small, it helped to keep me awake!

TeaJunky Fri 08-Feb-13 18:51:42

Op I do it, because it is mind-numbingly boring doing nothing.

Anything that makes your day easier, I say!

Fairylea Fri 08-Feb-13 18:52:10

Oh god yes I have two dc and I always have the tv on when they were very little... I would have gone mad otherwise.

SamSmalaidh Fri 08-Feb-13 18:55:01

I don't think DS really paid any attention to the TV until 5/6 months - at which point I felt I had to stop watching so many serial killer boxsets grin

Bunbaker Fri 08-Feb-13 18:58:46

DD used to take 45 minutes each side to feed. Without the TV or a good book I would have died of boredom - do mothers really spend all their time gazing into their babies eyes during feeding?

It didn't do DD any harm - she is 12 now.

leedy Fri 08-Feb-13 18:59:07

I do it too!

shoppingtrolley Fri 08-Feb-13 18:59:43

I feel better already!

leedy Fri 08-Feb-13 19:05:23

My sole concern is that my children may think Don Draper is their real dad.

Fairylea Fri 08-Feb-13 19:07:20

Leedy I have that fear with Jeremy Kyle.

NoodieRoodie Fri 08-Feb-13 19:07:36

ER got me through the first few months of breastfeeding, I watched the pilot right through to the final ever episode (15 seasons in all!)

DS, 15 months, doesn't seem to have been affected by this, although he does like to put things round his neck in the style of a stethoscope!

shoppingtrolley Fri 08-Feb-13 19:12:23

So all the stuff about TV being bad for kids you often read about in the news -- is that debate about TV programmes designed for babies/kids rather than parents watching it?

Meglet Fri 08-Feb-13 19:15:47

Nearly all of DD's feeds were in front of the TV as it was the only comfortable chair I could sit in. She is a chatterbox.

SamSmalaidh Fri 08-Feb-13 19:17:40

A breastfeeding baby isn't exactly looking at the screen though are they, they face the mother - different to a child sitting in front of the screen watching flickering, fast moving images.

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Fri 08-Feb-13 19:17:51

I don't let me Ds watch TV ever. If I want stimulation whilst breastfeeding I put on Baby Einstein music.


Well that's what my MIL says I should do at any rate! I personally watch whatever I want smile

Bunbaker Fri 08-Feb-13 19:19:06

I watched the reruns of This Life. Brilliant they were too.

ErikNorseman Fri 08-Feb-13 19:23:40

What are you supposed to do? It's very hard to read a book while breastfeeding, should you sit in silence staring at the wall?

OhTinky Fri 08-Feb-13 19:24:24

I bottle fed in front of 90210. Could actually feel my brain cells melting as I got more into each episode! I dont think DD really saw any of it!

itsMYNutella Fri 08-Feb-13 19:27:06

Phew! Good to know I'm not alone smile my DP did ask me not to let DS (5weeks) look at the TV if I had it on... Honestly he is either looking at my boob or staring at the dark coloured cushion on the sofa next to me.

TV, or MN on iPhone.
I got given a Kindle a few months in which I highly recommend for making reading one-handed easier, but you do have to concentrate, so sometimes ITV2 is what it takes!

With PFB I would only watch family type shows in case she absorbed what was going on and was corrupted by it blush. With NSC I used to feed whilst watching the Wire. Or sometimes Dexter. What else do you do when they're feeding? Stare at the wall? Think of all the things you could be doing if you weren't pinned to a sofa with a newborn?

Quick note - only did this for evening feeds when the toddler was in bed. We didn't settle down to a quiet afternoon viewing of Dexter decapitating someone.

milk Fri 08-Feb-13 19:53:20

Watching tv makes one relaxed, and a relaxed mother makes a relaxed baby smile

erikab922 Fri 08-Feb-13 19:53:50

Oh yes, usually watched Friends as I could watch it without the sound on since I knew them all by heart anyway. Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na...

lizerbeth Fri 08-Feb-13 20:36:29

I watched hours and hours of rubbish on E4, because during the day they repeat everything two or three times, so if I only saw part of it during one feed, I could catch the rest later. Often saw the end of Smallville before the beginning. Bit like being in Memento. Would never have even considered watching Smallville under any other circumstances. Second tot is due in June and I'm already stocking up the hard drive with things to watch!

AnnIonicIsoTronic Fri 08-Feb-13 20:47:22

shock Has anyone read about short wave radiation from televisions being able to penetrate a baby's thinner skull?

AnnIonicIsoTronic Fri 08-Feb-13 20:50:01

You need this

(I'll sell you mine, if you like)

noblegiraffe Fri 08-Feb-13 21:08:58
zoobaby Fri 08-Feb-13 21:44:01

Beware the comedy. My DS has been startled right off the boob on a few occasions. The Big Bang Theory, How I Net Your Mother, etc have been my saviour during the past 5 months. I actually dread the day when I start seeing repeats.

Thingiebob Fri 08-Feb-13 21:48:02

Yep - box set of Mad Men got me through late night feeds!

FadBook Fri 08-Feb-13 21:50:56

NoodieRoodie - omg I watched all of ER too from the beginning to the end from 1 week old to about 7 months old! I haven't had them back on for a while, but Sky have repeats on at the moment and when the music came on the other day, DD (18 months now) whipped her head around and started dancing to it and laughing. She did use to jig to it when a baby! Very strange. grin

blushingmare Fri 08-Feb-13 21:51:16

Oh for the days when I could watch TV and feed! Can't donut know because DD stops feeding to turn round and watch it too!

QueenofSleep Fri 08-Feb-13 21:57:36

I used to go and sit in front of the tv for middle of the night feed, to stop myself falling asleep on DS2. Jeremy Kyle always seemed to be on at 4am - cheered me up greatly as reassured me as I wasn't THAT bad a mother!

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