Last night a mum breastfed her toddler backstage at The Voice Australia. And apparently, this is still not okay.
You have to be kidding that this is an issue right?
A woman breastfeeds her toddler on (wait for it.. gasp) prime time TV.
No you haven’t entered a time warp back to 2003. This happened just last night. It is almost unbelievable that its getting column space but it is.
So what’s the deal?
Well on last night’s episode of The Voice a contestant’s wife was filmed in the Green Room breastfeeding a young child. It occurred straight after the contestant, Dallas James from Byron Bay, performed his rendition of Sam Cooke’s Bring It On Home to Me.As the contestant made his way backstage, the camera went to a quick shot of his partner Ingrid waiting and breastfeeding their toddler, Tashi. As the incident hits social media today the reactions are predictable - from the outraged to the indignant, to the bemused, to the supportive. It even sparked one tweet questioning whether The Voice was “igniting the breastfeeding debate.”
What SHOULD have been making tweeters indignant, bemused and outraged is that there IS a breastfeeding debate.
We’ve all been there – a child so hungry the only way to soothe her is with whatever comfort item they seek. Whether it be a dummy, a bottle or a breast. You shove it in, in sheer desperation sometimes, just to get a moment’s peace and quiet.
It’s a long stretch to say that this moment was planned, schemed, dreamed up by Producers to score headlines. Any Mum knows that most probably little Tashi was screaming his tiny head off exhausted, hungry, tired, and over stimulated all at the same time. The lights, the cameras, the people, Dad on national TV, the excitement.