Friday, May 14, 2010

my radio debut

First some background on how this happened:

Some of you may not know that I actually have a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I worked for a TV news station for a year as a producer before getting married. One of my friends from college, Alex Kirry, is a host on the Nightside Project here in Salt Lake on KSL. He had seen my posts about the breastfeeding project on facebook, so when they decided to tackle this subject on the show, he asked me if I'd like to come on and give my two cents. I was a little nervous about being the representative of breastfeeding mothers. I'm not a researcher or a lactation consultant. I don't even frequent La Leche League meetings (although I think they are great). I am just a breastfeeding mom who feels passionately about this. And I happened to start a blog on the subject. Which I guess puts me in the role of "advocate" now.

It ended up being really fun. Alex and Ethan are super nice guys. They had to play devil's advocate a bit to keep the discussion lively, so I think they come across as a bit anti-breastfeeding sometimes. I assure you they are not. They are both dads who support breastfeeding. It was fun to hang out with them and chat about this. During the show people can text in comments or call. I was actually surprised by how positive most of them are. Of course some were crazy and ridiculous too.

We had less than an hour to devote to the topic so there is much we couldn't really get into, but I hope I expressed myself clearly enough. And maybe even helped someone out there feel more comfortable with the idea of public breastfeeding.

You can listen to the entire hour here.  The first few minutes are ads and the local news so skip ahead a bit. Sorry if I talk too fast sometimes and use to many "likes". It's been too long since I was in "broadcast" mode.


  1. You did such a great job hon; I am proud of you. We talked about this, but I think the most absurd comment was about people (men I assume) who are uncomfortable being in the presence of breastfeeding women, even if nothing is showing! As you said several times, that is *their* issue. That is absurd as obsessing about the fact that everyone in the room is naked under their clothes!

  2. This is a important subject for me since I've been asked/told to refrain from bfing at our public pool twice in less than 2 weeks! I was so mad but kept my cool. Thankfully I have rights and knew them and stood my ground.
    I'm glad this is getting talked about!

  3. Good Job Katrina. I am so Pro Breastfeeding. Growing up in Australia, people don't even look twice at a woman nursing in Public. This country is so very skewed on what is offensive.