Depictions of breastfeeding in the media was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Foss’s study, titled “That’s not a beer bong! It’s a breast pump! Representations of breastfeeding in prime-time fictional television,” was published in the academic journal “Health Communication.”
In her research, Foss found that television tends to shy away from portrayals of breastfeeding. She says the majority of the public accepts the practice.
“If it is truly normalized, why are we making such a big deal about it?” Foss told LiveScience. “It should just be, ‘Oh, feeding the baby, just like doing everything else with the baby as part of the show.’”
Foss found 53 representations of breastfeeding between 1974 and 2012. Forty-eight of the 53 portrayals occurred after 1998.
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