Thursday 29 September 2016

'Ever heard of a breast pump?' - Dil Wickremasinghe provokes strong reaction from viewers as she breastfeeds live on Midday

Published 06/08/2015 | 13:56

Dil Wickremasinghe with partner Anne Marie O'Toole and Midday Presenter Elaine Crowley (middle) and baby Phoenix
Dil Wickremasinghe with partner Anne Marie O'Toole and Midday Presenter Elaine Crowley (middle) and baby Phoenix

Broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe has provoked a strong reaction - both positive and negative - from viewers for breastfeeding her son Pheonix live on air during her appearance on TV3's Midday.

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The Newstalk presenter gave birth to her son, with partner Anne Marie Toole, in May and appeared on the show today to discuss attachment parenting and breastfeeding.

As the panel, which also included Tina Koumarianos, Sonia Harris, and Terry Prone as well as host Elaine Crowley, discussed the issues, Elaine pointed out that Dil was breastfeeding live on air.

Speaking about the show, producer and presenter Elaine said, "I think mothers should be free to choose how, where and when to feed their babies without judgement or condemnation.

Dil Wickremasinghe and partner Anne Marie O'Toole with baby Phoenix
Dil Wickremasinghe and partner Anne Marie O'Toole with baby Phoenix

"If I didn’t point it out, there is no way anyone would have known little Phoenix was having his lunch live on air!

"All mothers should be supported no matter what they want to do, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to take your baby to work and he happens to be hungry, well what are you gonna do?”

A viewer named Donna texted her support, "Great to see breastfeeding on the show - it's not promoted positively enough in this country, well done!"

Another viewer praised the show, despite not being a fan of breastfeeding.

"I did not breastfeed my baby and he is fantastic, very strong and very smart," she texted.

"He is 7 years old now and last year in school he had to do English and Maths from second class .. Bottle feeding makes no difference.. My son is very strong tall and smart and very well balanced and I decided to bottle feed him because breastfeeding kind of disgusted me.. Thanks for not talking down bottle feeding mother's Elaine, we do our very best too.”

However, not everyone was so positive.  A caller named Karen said it had turned her off the show.

"No need for Dil to be breastfeeding on TV. I won’t be watching the show again when she’s on it. She’s a self-promoting gobsh*te. Has she ever heard of a breast pump?”

 

 

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