Is it OK to Show Nursing on Television?

Modern Family actress Julie Bowen recently showed off this photo of herself nursing her infant twin sons in the “football hold” on the late-night show Lopez Tonight.What surprised us most? Bowen's admission that The View had allegedly declined to let her show the same photo.

Bowen is obviously proud of her accomplishment of nursing her sons, as she should be, and wants to encourage other moms. Her photo, showing that breastfeeding twins is indeed possible, would have been educational and inspirational to other moms. What it isn’t? Particularly racy. The photo doesn't show any more skin than does the push-up bra on a TV commercial or half the swimwear you (and yes, your children) will see on the beach this summer.

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a late-night talk show—likely aimed at a young, male audience—gave the photo the green light, while a daytime talk show aimed at women (who may have actually benefitted from seeing it) was too squeamish to show it?

I’m starting to think naysayers object to nursing in public not because of “modesty” issues, but because they are uncomfortable with the very idea of breasts being used for a purpose other than sex.


Do you think it's OK to show breast feeding on TV? Chime in below!

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