January 9, 2016
My name is Lisa Raynor, I am a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, Florida. I am also a mom of three amazing boys that I breastfed for several months each. I support a woman’s choice to feed their children in the most natural way possible. I support and encourage my clients to breastfeed whenever and WHEREVER they need to!
I never was a fan of your show and watched it ONLY because I am a HUGE fan of Alyssa Milano. I was excited to see her interview because she is such an advocate for mom, especially breastfeeding moms. She’s done much to normalize breastfeeding and I thought the show would be wonderful and empowering to women! I knew the topic of breastfeeding would be brought up. As a doula, it’s always a hot topic, it’s the best food for babies, everyone knows that! I loved nursing my boys and always encourage my clients to nurse.
The interview started off great, until you insulted her about breastfeeding her children, saying it makes you uncomfortable and should be done under a blanket or in the car! You found nothing wrong with the picture of Miley Cyrus and everything wrong with Alyssa’s breastfeeding pictures because according to you breasts are sexual objects! Calling breasts “fun bags” was offensive and rude. Breasts are not a play toy and sexualizing breastfeeding is what makes people like you feel uncomfortable. You really owe your guest an apology for the way you spoke to her and treated her and all the other breastfeeding moms. I am so glad she stuck up for herself and other nursing moms. When I was a young mom, I was shamed into breastfeeding in the car or in a bathroom and it was appalling to hear you suggest that to your guest Alyssa Milano!
If you ever decide to have her back on the show, I will buy a ticket and be in the front row! I hope she brings the baby on stage and breastfeeds right there! I will also encourage my clients and breastfeeding friends to attend the show and nurse their babies in the studio audience. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I am still shocked and disappointed from you Wendy.
Lisa Raynor~Childbirth and Postpartum Doula