By KATE HUNTER
Now, not for a second am I suggesting we use the Kardashians as our mothering role models, but it is interesting and fun to talk about. So let’s.
In a nutshell, Kourtney, serene mother of two, says she’ll be happy to babysit little sister Kim’s baby when he or she arrives.
YAY. Not only that, she’ll pop baby on her boob if Kim gets held up launching a perfume or going to the Grammys or doing whatever it is that Kardashians do.
This would have been just lovely if Kim hadn’t been … grossed out by the offer.
This from the UK press:
Kim, who turned down the idea as ‘disgusting’, revealed the suggestion during an interview on the Today Show in the US.
‘Kourtney said to me, “In the old days, and maybe we should try this, one sister should babysit all the kids, so I can go out or vice-versa, and whichever sister is babysitting should just breastfeed all the kids that are there” ‘
I never thought I’d be on the same page as Kim Kardashion (to be honest, I couldn’t pick her out of a lineup) but on this one, I’m right with her.
While acknowledging the valuable role of wet nurses throughout history, and community feeding of babies in many cultures; I’m saying that now, in a place where there are mobile phones (‘Your baby is screaming her head off, come home NOW!’) there’s no need for musical boobs.
Unless it’s the absolute last resort, I reckon, keep your boobs to yourself and your baby.
At the very least, ASK PERMISSION before you offer them to someone else’s kid.
As ever, clear communication is key – wasn’t it lucky the Kardashian girls cleared up this little awkwardness on television before an ill-placed nipple caused family tension? Phew.
Thinking about it, maybe Kourtney was being clever making her, ‘I’ll breastfeed ALL the kids who happen to be at my house that day’ statement. Perhaps she knew Kimmy was squeamish about that kind of thing, and her strategy was a sure fire way to stay OFF the babysitting roster.
How would you feel about breastfeeding someone else’s baby?