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Breastfeeding on Two and a Half Men

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Just sat down to catch up on some and to try and get a few blog posts ready and was surprised to find the breastfeeding episode of Two and a Half Men on CBS.

If you haven't seen the episode (this was a rerun), Alan dates Berta's daughter Naomi who has a young baby. In one of the scenes, they're out in a restaurant having lunch and Naomi pulls her shirt down from the top, unhooks her nursing bra and nurses her baby throughout the conversation.

It's done very matter of factly with no attempt to hide what's being done and with no negative reactions from anyone around them. In fact, there's even some playful banter about their romantic life and the fact that she's breastfeeding. (Some comment about him not knowing that nursing bras had flaps...)

Overall, a fantastic representation of breastfeeding on prime time television. (Angela over at Breastfeeding 1-2-3 has screenshots.)

Three cheers for Two and a Half Men! They got this one right.


  1. Blogger Neena | 7:07 PM |  

    I have not seen this episode, but having nursed four children I am happy to see the topic addressed on prime time.

    Nursing is a natural part of life and should not be relegated to the "back room". When babies are hungry, moms must feed them - wherever they are.

  2. Blogger JudyBright | 7:35 PM |  

    too bad the rest of the show is trash.

    Charlie Sheen is my hero. :-P

  3. Blogger amygeekgrl | 8:38 PM |  

    i've never seen the show, but that's awesome. :)

  4. Blogger Sheridan | 6:44 AM |  

    Wow, I'm floored. I saw about three minutes of an episode once, and came to the same conclusion as judybright- Trash with a capital T. Pretty much the last show I'd think would have something positive (i.e., not mocking or sexualizing) to say about breastfeeding.

  5. Blogger Ahmie | 1:01 PM |  

    What's most impressive - I'm pretty sure she's REALLY BREASTFEEDING in those shots (never saw the show). The few times I've caught breastfeeding issues addressed in television shows the mom is being discreet, which also makes sense since it's pretty rare that their own child is cast as their infant so getting permission to breastfeed someone else's baby - um... unlikely. If she's not actually breastfeeding that kid, they did a GREAT job of camera angles to make it LOOK like she is.

    And I never breastfed my son that "indiscreetly" even at home - baby nails are SHARP! I always preferred to keep some fabric between my tender breast flesh and those little nails that I SWEAR became capable of bloodletting within 10 minutes of being trimmed!

  6. Anonymous Lil | 3:50 PM |  

    I actually saw that episode, and was happily shocked and amazed by it. I jumped up and down with glee and was like "SHE'S BREASTFEEDING!" and my husband looked at me like I had lost my mind. :)

    Charlie had the same reaction to the nursing flaps that my husband did. :p

  7. Blogger Shelly | 3:38 AM |  

    That's great that breastfeeding was shown in such a positive light. :o)

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