Mtv Lebanon's show Etiquette and the offensive segment on breastfeeding in public
Dear Mr. El Murr, I am addressing you regarding the show that aired on your esteemed channel today called Etiquette.
I Chrystel Labaky Aswad, one among manyyyy breastfeeding moms in Lebanon think it is unacceptable that someone who is apparently completely ignorant when it comes to breastfeeding, be allowed to discuss this topic on air and on local television for everyone to watch. We are already limited in our society and unable to feel like it is our right to feed our child anytime and anywhere, and to think that a public figure emphasizes the fact that we have to "hide" ourselves to do the most natural and God given right (not to mention healthy for our babies) in the world is simply infuriating.
I have always thought of MTV as being one of the most progressive channels, as well as the most health conscious among all other local channels and it is sad to have to listen to someone degrade us this way unfortunately on your channel, not to mention semi violate the Lebanese law 47/2008 on breastfeeding by promoting to the public that, and I am quoting your presenter here, "Wel walad yalle bi shouf 2emm 3am betraddi3 ma byefham w kamena iza shef Hal shi moumkin ya3moul shock", and therefore insinuating that the sight of a breastfeeding mother can be psychologically damaging to children.
I am sure with your busy schedule you might not have had the time to watch the segment, however I ask of you to please watch it and note how many verbal violations have been made to our freedom as lactating mothers.
Not to mention that both Mrs. Nadine Daher and the presenter made it sound as if it was a shameful act to feed your child in public, when it is perfectly fine for other women to show more skin than any mother does breastfeeding her child.
Therefore Mr. El Murr, we the breastfeeding mothers of Lebanon, demand and in unity that this terrible mistake and violation of all our rights be corrected and some action be taken to control the damage that both your presenter and Mrs. Nadine Daher have caused to the image of breastfeeding in Lebanon. We cannot accept being referred to as a "7aleh khassa", and for breastfeeding to be referred to as "hayda el shi". If they do not have the correct information about breastfeeding and cannot use the proper terminology there are plenty of resources available in our country and many organizations that can educate whomever wishes to address the issue of breastfeeding in Lebanon, so I ask you to please let us know how this issue can be resolved because we are simply not willing to accept the negativity that the show "Etiquette" has promoted about breastfeeding.
I am sure you will do what you believe is right, and for that I thank you in advance. Awaiting your response, with my best regards.
Chrystel Labaky Aswad