Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weeds Disappointment

So, my gal pals and I like to watch the occasionally trashy show for an escape and something to laugh about together. Weeds would be one of those. I'll be mentioning several things about the show - so super spoiler alerts here. If you are unfamiliar with the show, a brief recap would be stay-at-home-mom Nancy Botwin finds herself a widow and ends up turning into a drug dealer to support her two sons. Normal choice for anyone under the circumstances, right?

Her escapades take her though an insane journey where in Season 5 she ends up pregnant by a Mexican drug lord mafia type. Here's where it would start to become appropriate topic for our blog. Nancy breastfeeds this baby and has struggles against her husbands culture and wealth where he believes that her breastfeeding is bad for his image. She wins the argument and there are several mentions of breastfeeding/pumping for the rest of the season. There is even a scene where her pump isn't working and she's engorged so she has her brother-in-law suck out some milk. FYI - he swallows. I was impressed and happy that such a popular show would showcase breastfeeding. Winning!

Then in comes season 6... and well... I'm confused and sad. The beginning of the season she is still breastfeeding/pumping just as she was before, and even when hastily packing to make their great getaway the first thing she grabs is her freezer stash of breastmilk. But then about halfway through the season they bring the baby to the pediatrician and there when asked she says that the baby is formula fed. That was the first mention or hint of formula that I can recall. I was a little surprised that the show just threw that in there. I even listened twice to make sure I wasn't just hearing things. Then a few episodes later they show Enfamil and Similac in the cupboard while she's making a bottle. I have to say... I was very disappointed that they just switched to formula after she had made such a strong pro-breastfeeding stink in the last season.

Now, I have to say that if any of us breastfeeding moms were in her shoes we'd most likely end up with supply issues too... because let's face it.. the stress of being on the run cross multiple countries dodging your mobster drug lord husband's goonies and the FBI would probably dry any of us up. I was mostly disappointed that this logical explanation of why she switched to formula didn't make it past the editing room floor. All they had to do was add a one or two line explanation right there at the pediatricians office.

I believe the baby is around 4 months old at this point in the show, and without an explanation as to why formula came into his life it just feeds into the myth and assumption that baby's shouldn't get breastmilk after a certain age. They were SO CLOSE!

8 comments:

  1. Is it possible, I don't watch the show, that she wanted to tell the Dr. she was formula feeding so the Dr. wouldn't drug test the baby?

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  2. Sounds like the formula companies saw a product placement opportunity and somebody sold out. Lame.

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  3. My guess would be that Enfamil and Similac paid the show for product placement. Another show sells out to the formula companies...sad.

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  4. My husband loves that show. He was just telling me a few nights ago how she caught the nanny feeding the baby formula because it was "easier for the nanny to take a formula bottle on outings and the baby prefers it anyways." He said the mom was pissed at the nanny but I guess not enough to make her stop since she switched. He was pretty disappointed by the comments which continued the "formula is easier" stereotype.

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  5. She was stressed and drank some whiskey or something. Someone asked about bf and she said to just give him formula.

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  6. She was stressed and drank some whiskey or something. Someone asked about bf and she said to just give him formula.

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  7. probably because the formula companies offered to pay the big bucks for product placement. sad :(

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  8. probably because the formula companies offered to pay the big bucks for product placement. sad :(

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