Today’s episode of HLN’s lively and sometimes-controversial entertainment news show Showbiz Tonight got mothered. By me. (Hey, it’s their fault they let me back in after a year and a half…) Now that I’m a ‘mom,’ I get more and more revved up by celebrity ‘mom’ topics in the news… like Kim and Kourtney Kardashian talking about cross-nursing on The Today Show and the fact that Jessica Simpson is having two babies in two years… and that’s what we talked about on Showbiz Tonight. Since just a snipit of what I thought about it all got to air, thought I’d expand my thoughts a bit for you. I’ll start with the K-sisters:
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with anything that comes out of the Kardashians’ mouths anymore. Yet I find that I am. And the fact that they’re joking about “kross-nursing” their babies… well….. eeewwwwwwwwwww. Really ladies? Is this how we’re promoting reality shows to get ratings now? Now that we’re moms, let’s just think of the most polarizing topic among women with babies and GO FOR IT for the success of the upcoming Kourtney & Kim Take Miami premiere. Again, I shouldn’t be surprised.
Perhaps it’s not very mature of me to be so immature about this questionable breastfeeding topic as a responsible mom of a toddler and baby, but EEEEEWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!
Those of you who’ve followed me for a while know how I feel about nursing. You know how I feel about that infamous Time Magazine cover (and what it represented) last year. You know how I found myself shockingly defending a pregnant Snooki. You know how I feel about stuffing your bra with cabbages just a week after giving birth. But all of those opinions have nothing to do with the fact that I increasingly get more and more ANNOYED with their vapid conversation on this topic the more and more I think about it.
Kourtney and Kim’s jokes about cross-nursing nag at me because they so casually joked about a practice that happens to be unhealthy and incredibly risky for even the most pressing advocates of nursing… without even having the slightest bit of education about it. Even the La Leche League (possibly THE most vocal organization promoting the benefits of nursing) heavily advises against what the Kardashian sisters discussed as being ‘normal’ and common “back in the day” (that’s a quote from Kourtney, read the article and watch the video). According to TMZ, who reached out to LLL to get some real information about this: LLL says advises against cross-nursing and milk-sharing “due to awareness of pathogens that can be transmitted in milk.” In light of those health risks, LLL says they wouldn’t advise casual and improvised shared nursing … and says it’s “not permitted to suggest an informal milk-donation arrangement, including … cross-nursing.” Bottom line: you can pass unknown infections and diseases to babies by cross-nursing. Did ya know that, girls? Yes, I know the sisters were probably joking for the sake of getting more publicity and TV coverage (this blog included)… Yes, I know that it was a funny conversation for a light morning show in the first place… Yes, I know I’m probably acting way too high-and-mighty for someone who works as an Entertainment Reporter.
But my issue is this: These girls have such a HUGE fan base of young and impressionable women around the world – who take what they say as gospel, fact and truth – that I wish the Kardashian sisters would realize it more and really THINK before they speak about topics similar to this concerning health. (I also wish they’d sometimes take their airings of their private lives down a notch, but that’s not what we all watch them for, now is it?) But that’s just my silly advice…
As for Showbiz Tonight’s TV discussion about simultaneous new-mom & mom-to-be Jessica Simpson’s intended sitcom based on her life (which I’m guessing will touch on her having two babies in two years) here’s some personal advice from someone who is right where Jessica will be in another year… From me to you, Jessica… with love:
WHAT CELEBRITY MOM TOPICS GET YOU REVVED UP?