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C4 - Other People's Breastmilk

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RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 00:43:20

Just saw an advert for this on telly - worth a look!

I'm quite interested actually... what do you think?

nappyaddict Mon 08-Sep-08 07:05:38

my cousins keep seeing the ad for this and going " muuuuuuuuuum you know when the mummies feed the babies their titties get really long like this (showing how far out the nipples come out on their own chest) then collapsing into fits of giggles hmm

RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 08:59:00

kids are so funny - i took my older ds (age 3.9) to breastfeeding group with my then 3mth old ds. A lady there was feeding her dd with EBM in a bottle - he went up to her and asked her "why are you feeding her that ?" with a very confused look on his face!

back to the C4 programme though... I think it sounds very interesting - I have to say, I wouldn't want anyone else feeding my child, but if I had a preemie I would use donated EBM if I didn't have enough myself (I have thought about donating, but there are no milk banks near here) - I would feed another's baby if there was a disaster and the baby would die if he/she didn't get any food - I couldn't see a baby starve to death if I had milk to be able to save him. what are your views on cross-feeding?

VictorianSqualor Mon 08-Sep-08 09:05:01

I'm really looking forward to this.
DP saw the advert actually and said 'ooh look, a programme for mummy' to DS2 Am I that obsessed with breastfeeding?hmmgrin

TrinityRhino Mon 08-Sep-08 09:06:09

I would feed other peoples abbies if the need arose and it wouldn't have to be a life threatening situation

say the mother had to be away suddenly and she didn't want her baby to have a bottle/formula I would feed her child

would appreciate the same for gecko too

TrinityRhino Mon 08-Sep-08 09:07:04

I saw the advert last night and then rushed to fid the remote and stick it in to reocrd

dh was giggling...he just knew I would love to wtch it grin

fishie Mon 08-Sep-08 09:09:05

i'm really not looking forward to it. just another bf as freakshow C4 prog.

now if they were to focus on how the complete lack of bf support in this country lets down so many mothers who had planned to bf but ended up ff...

RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 09:12:27

I wouldn't mind DS2 having someone elses EBM if I was away enexpectedly I suppose - its better than formula IMO, but I do have problems with thinking about him suckling on another womans breast - It used to be commonplace many years ago with wet nurses especially if a woman had twins, usually her mother would step in to feed if she was struggling.

VictorianSqualor Mon 08-Sep-08 09:12:29

I don't know fishie, Kate Garraway's interview seems quite good.

wuzzlefraggle Mon 08-Sep-08 09:12:58

ooh, whens it on???

I'm a bit obsessed with bf prog's too lol. The amount of people that have said to me things along the lines of "the next dc you have, you should bottle feed" or "I couldn't because it's weird".

unbelievable

RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 09:15:18

fishie I agree with you - I think it will only serve those who believe bfing is "dirty" and give them something else to mock us about. In turn I think it could be detrimental to expectant mums who want to bf but will be put off by peoples comments after it is aired.

RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 09:16:13

wuzzle its on C4 tues at 10pm

wuzzlefraggle Mon 08-Sep-08 09:18:42

thanks RH81

fishie Mon 08-Sep-08 09:19:32

in the interview didn't they say it was to be 9pm on sunday? so it has already been downslotted (is that a word?)

yes the interview was ok, but it is bizarre (putting it mildly) that she is focusing on wet nursing and milk banks as an alternative to formula rather than women's own milk.

RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 09:23:38

In the link at the top it says Tues 9th at 10pm - maybe its repeated on sunday? - i will check my tv guide now to see if it is on tomorrow or not

RedHead81 Mon 08-Sep-08 09:26:44

yep, my freeview says its on tomorrow at 10

nappyaddict Mon 08-Sep-08 14:18:52

TR - do you mean EBM or would you not mind another child/gecko actually breastfeeding from you/another person.

Lib76 Mon 08-Sep-08 19:46:14

i think it will be a hoot to watch! what would possess ANYONE to feed someone else's baby? i know it's a personal thing, but come on...it's just soooo wrong!!

Fishie your right there should be a programme on how to support new mum's with BF!

Madlentileater Mon 08-Sep-08 19:49:14

well, lib, the bay might be hungry and the mum might not be there....der.

Monkeytrousers Mon 08-Sep-08 19:52:17

I think it's all very well approaching the issue logiccally but when it comes down to it, whether you breastfeed or not is rarely about logic but emotions and hormones and supply and sore nips.

It is a marginal interest unless companies are thinkiing of marketing breastmilk - the mind boggles as to how that could be done ethically.

TheNaughtiestGirlIsaMonitor Mon 08-Sep-08 19:52:50

I would have fed somebody else's baby quite happily when I was BFing. I always had far too much milk. I completely understand that a lot of people would gag at the thought of it though.

Lib76 Mon 08-Sep-08 19:57:14

that may be the case but i still find it very odd, each to their own eh? i was admitted to hospital acutely unwell when my ds was 7 wk and the idea of someone else bf him would have filled me with horror!

surely bf is bonding time between mother and baby and not for your baby to be bf by someone else!! ;-)

Monkeytrousers Mon 08-Sep-08 20:02:48

and I think if you know the person who would be feeding you lo well, then that would help. I would not want a stranger invading thjat intimacy

nappyaddict Mon 08-Sep-08 23:25:30

naughtiestgirl - do you mean you would actually breastfeed them or give them ebm?

whomovedmychocolate Mon 08-Sep-08 23:48:19

I've recently been through surgery - I had to leave a six week old baby for an unknown period - which ended up only being two hours but could have been 8. I expressed milk but he wouldn't accept a bottle the day before surgery. I would have loved to have known that someone else would have nursed him and if one of my friend's kids needed a feed and their mummy was sick of course I would.

When are people going to get their heads round the fact that breastfeeding is about nourishment and does not have a sexual connotation angry. I suspect this is the line the channel 4 show will end up taking. Which is a shame.

I've recently donated some milk to the SCBU and apparently some mums refuse to give their babies donated milk because it's not theirs, instead favouring formula (ie cow milk). These are sick, premie babies. It seems quite odd to me that they would prefer chemically treated farmyard animal byproducts to the food best designed for babies hmm

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