David Pakman is a syndicated radio talk show host with a whole lot of opinions, but it was an opinion he offered last week on breastfeeding mothers that got the dude in a heap of hot water with advocates and you know what? He needs to shut it.
As a 27-year-old man, my guess is that Pakman has had little exposure to breastfeeding in general, but when he sat down next to a woman on a plane who had a little boy who was also eating turkey sandwiches, potato chips and other solid foods, he claimed he was "too old to breastfeed."
Here is what he said:
Well, you know what Pakman? I don't care what you think. As someone with a penis and little exposure to the issues, your opinion means very little. Unfortunately, your opinion is being broadcast far and wide. So here is a little primer on breastfeeding:
- The average age around the world for breastfeeding is four years old.
- The World Health Organization recommends that children be breastfed until they are at least two and a half years old.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire.
Still now enough for you? Well how about this, then: You can't breastfeed. You don't have boobs. If you don't have anything nice to say, turn your head and shut up. He complained that the kid was annoying on the plane, but personally, I find him to be far more annoying than any child.
Look, if you don't like breastfeeding, then fine. Hold that opinion. I feel sorry for the woman who has your children, but whatever. But to say that you don't like it, judge it so harshly and go on a diatribe when you are not even female is just ridiculous. Usually when you don't know what you are talking about, you shut up lest you look stupid. Clearly, this not a rule he follows.
I don't ask men about my menstrual cramps, how to insert a tampon, clean my lady parts, or shave my legs. I don't ask them for pregnancy advice or birthing thoughts or even which feminine products are best. So why would I ever ask a dude for help in breastfeeding. Don't have boobs? Then shut up.
Well, OK, that's wrong. Men are allowed to have opinions on breastfeeding as long as they are positive. If they aren't, then sorry, you sound like a caveman and a moron, to boot. Be supportive or be quiet.
Do you think men are entitled to opinions about breastfeeding?
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