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'Teen Mom 2' Kailyn Lowry Breastfed Her Baby -- So Why Was It Left Off the Show?

by Sasha Brown-Worsham on December 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Kailyn LowryFor some inexplicable reason, breastfeeding -- the most natural, obvious way to feed a new baby -- is considered taboo among certain segments of the population, and for some reason, teen moms are among them. The statistics don't lie. The older a mom is when she gives birth, the more likely she is to breastfeed. And the moms on MTV's Teen Mom are no different. Or so it would seem.

Kailyn Lowry, one of the moms on Teen Mom 2, did breastfeed. "They didn't show it," she said. Interesting. Why, when there is already such a stigma against breastfeeding in the young mom community, would Teen Mom not show it?

The fact is breastfeeding should be commonplace. It's the norm. The reality is that unless there is a good reason why a mother can't -- a medical condition, a psychological aversion, or some inability to produce -- there is just no reason not to at least try. So why are young moms so averse to it?

As a mom, I breastfed my first for a year and my second for almost three. I know plenty of people who didn't breastfeed, but those I know couldn't for various reasons and that inability caused them much grief and guilt and sorrow. In fact, I only know of one woman who chose not to breastfeed just "because", and while, in the end, it's really no one's business, I also know she took some judgement and heat for that call.

If shows like Teen Mom 2 choose not to show breastfeeding, it only perpetuates this myth that breastfeeding ruins boobs or is "gross" or icky or will turn men off.

Many young women may be with partners who are averse to it, it's true. But there ought to be better education about the benefits of breastfeeding, not the least of which include a great deal of money saved by choosing breast over formula.

If young moms only see other young moms going with formula, then guess what? They will only use formula. It's discouraging and somewhat depressing that MTV is willing to exploit so much about these poor girls' lives, showing their big bellies, their boyfriend fights, their breakups, and yet they won't show the most important thing of all -- the bond between mother and child and how that is formed early.

Do you think it's weird that MTV wouldn't show nursing?


Image via MTV

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  • segov...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    MTV did show the new moms in '16 and Pregnant' breastfeeding. For example the episode with Jenelle after giving birth to Jace. So I'm not sure why they didn't show it with Kailyn; was she comfortable with it? Becaude I wouldn't have been. The world doesn't need to see you breastfeed but I understand what you mean by setting a good example for other young girls. But still. And it will always be taboo (IMO) because we sexualize the womans body so much in America that when we see breastfeeding, it automatically turns on the 'ick' factor in many. Go to South America (where my husband isfrom) and they don't think twice. It's a cultural thing. I say just cover up when you're out, that's all. Don't just whip it out, no one wants to see your bare breast
  • Haley...
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    Haley Maya Unger

    December 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Perhaps the camera crew just had an aversion to the possibility of showing too much of an underaged girls chest?



  • segov...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    Oh and after reading the article where she says she breastfed, it states that MTV didn't want to share that PRIVATE moment for the world to see. Which I completely agree with. It's a private thing between mother and baby; why does everyone need to see? If someone gives another 'heat', as you say, for using formula than they need a life BIG time. And you don't deserve a medal for breastfeeding, good Lord.
  • femal...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    These reality shows aren't real. 

    Breastfeeding may have been boring to watch.  No drama usually occurs during a bf session.  People watching these stupid shows want drama.  I've watched someone bf it was boring.

  • Angie...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    My cousin just had a baby, 5lbs, and is having a hard time gaining any weight, she refuses to breastfeed... I feel so bad for her baby, he constantly barfs, not gaining weight, and has horrible digestive problems. How can a Mom stand by and see her baby in pain and not do something about it? Like it or not, breastmilk is what is made for your baby and they need to eat!

  • Telep...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    So showing teenage moms on TV won't encourage teenage motherhood, but showing breastfeeding on TV will encourage breastfeeding? 

    Maybe we should actually find out how many teenagers are breastfeeding, and if they aren't, ask them why rather than slamming a "reality" show for not doing their part to further the breastfeeding campaign.

  • Amand...
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    Amanda Eidem

    December 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    They should show it and encourage it. And to the person that slammed the writer for nursing for 3 years.....How dare you! You don't have any idea how great that is and how healthy that is for a little one! I wish i could have. I couldn't produce with either of my babies beyond the first month. stops nursing then moves on to cows rather my children got milk from me then a cow for as long as possible. So you WhateverUWant need to shut it.

  • Rhodin


    December 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I think young moms FF because there's even less support for returning students than there is for returning employees.  Even the Army let me pump during the day and go off post for lunch (the baby's lunch, not mine), but I've never once heard of a high school that would let a student go unsupervised that long, even during lunch or study hall.  Maybe it's different now that online school is available.

  • miche...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    I have to laugh at MTV not wanting to show something so private. Seriosly laughable. Show teens pregnant, having babies, fights, personal struggles, and who knows what all on their other shows (I have never watched MTV), and yet breastfeeding is private? I happen to think much of what MTV shows should be private. And that has never stopped them. At least if they showed breastfeeding they might have done something good.
  • gravi...


    December 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    If she bf how come they showed her bottle feeding him with formula on her 16and pregnant episode. I remember she was mad at Jo for leaving the formula out and he was yelling at her its not like you pay for it my parents do
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