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Richard and Judy rant

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emkana Wed 02-Mar-05 17:15:59

They just had the woman on who gave birth to a massive baby two weeks ago. Judy said "I hesitate to ask if you're breastfeeding him" and the woman said "no" and R and J murmured in agreement - as if breastfeeding was completely out of the question in this case, due to the baby's size.

and that's exactly the thing that p*es me off - perpetuating stupid and untrue prejudices about breastfeeding like this - "large baby - milk won't be enough"

I don't know why she had to ask the question at all, really, but if she had to ask she could have done it without hesitation and just accept the answer, whatever it was! Not making a judgement on either method of feeding!

beansprout Wed 02-Mar-05 17:16:54

How big was the baby?

emkana Wed 02-Mar-05 17:19:22

nearly 14 pounds

hercules Wed 02-Mar-05 17:20:23

So, does Judy think babies who weigh that much can't manage on breastmilk?

alux Wed 02-Mar-05 17:21:54

Silly to raise and drop the issue like that. Shows the level on drivel we tolerate in our living rooms.

beansprout Wed 02-Mar-05 17:21:58

R & J are just awful really.
Ds was 10lb 5oz and every damn midwife said "ooh, you'll be feeding him all the time". Er, no I don't.

cupcakes Wed 02-Mar-05 17:24:15

I got the impression that Judy was 'hesitating to ask' because it was a contentious issue, not because she disapproved of it. I felt that if the women had said 'yes' she and Richard would have congratulated her. As it was they didn't want to criticise and so applauded her choice as right for her baby. They were just being friendly to her.

lockets Wed 02-Mar-05 17:27:04

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NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Mar-05 17:28:32

I thought bigger babies had bigger stomachs, and hence could go longer between feeds?

I certainly find DS2, who started out lighter than DS1 had been, but piled on the pounds, is much better at going without feeds.

lunarx Thu 03-Mar-05 14:27:29

i had a friend whose son was almost 11 lbs (c-section) and she said she couldn't bf because not enough milk to keep him fed. to each their own really... i always thought that we would make enough milk to feed our babies (in most cases, i know there are exceptions)..

(dont get me wrong, i'm not a crazy pro-pro bf'ing nutter or anything.. ) ;o)

hercules Thu 03-Mar-05 14:28:58

bit obsessive perhaps though?

Beansmum Thu 03-Mar-05 14:31:54

what about older babies who are breastfed, they get enough milk and can go ages between feeds.

lunarx Thu 03-Mar-05 16:06:49

hercules> presuming you were responding to me, not at all. i bf and bottlefed i dont care how anyone chooses to feed their babies and would never judge anyone otherwise, although i do think most women should give bf'ing a go, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't. but to each their own, ultimately!

Gem13 Thu 03-Mar-05 16:15:44

I'm with emkana on this. Had it on in the background and when Judy said that I got the impression she meant it in terms of it would be the death of the mother if she tried to breastfeed him. They should meet my friend who has a 22 pounder who up until last week was solely breastfeed!

Couldn't bear the way they were handling him either. Grrr.

Gem13 Thu 03-Mar-05 16:15:45

I'm with emkana on this. Had it on in the background and when Judy said that I got the impression she meant it in terms of it would be the death of the mother if she tried to breastfeed him. They should meet my friend who has a 22 pounder who up until last week was solely breastfeed!

Couldn't bear the way they were handling him either. Grrr.

Demented Thu 03-Mar-05 16:24:08

I didn't see this but from the depths of memory I seem to remember Judy talking about b/feeding her twins, surely if she could feed twins then this woman could feed her baby. Could be wrong about Judy feeding twins though. Does anyone else know?

Cod Thu 03-Mar-05 16:26:06

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chipmonkey Thu 03-Mar-05 16:27:21

I thought Judy's breasts were just for showing off at awards ceremonies?

hercules Thu 03-Mar-05 16:33:58

Lunarx- it was a joke! sorry if it didnt come across that way

Demented Thu 03-Mar-05 16:34:37

Splutter!

Are Judy's twins not from her first marriage?

Can you tell I used to watch a lot of day-time TV after DS1 was born?

KathH Thu 03-Mar-05 16:42:16

i remember judy talking about b/feeding her twins too!

emkana Thu 03-Mar-05 21:45:26

gem13 - I wanted to shout at them, too, when I saw Richard carrying that baby without supporting the neck at all! This is a newborn, ffs!

pepsi Thu 03-Mar-05 21:49:07

If you think R & J handled it badly, I didnt watch it so cant comment, drop a them an e:mail, they have a website. If you mention your concerns I bet you could get them to do a slot dispelling the myths about breastfeeding. The womans had 4 kids and postnatal depression too. I dont think they would be happy at the thought that they had upset viewers.

zebra Thu 03-Mar-05 22:11:53

My nephew was 11 lb 12 oz at birth & he was breastfed until... well, at least 18 months, anyway.

lunarx Fri 04-Mar-05 07:57:20

hercules> no, i'm afraid i should be the one to apologise, i was having a bad day yesterday with dh and it really made my day terrible.. i'm sorry i was so jumpy about it all....

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