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Yummy Mummies star sparks major breastfeeding controversy

By Christina Cavaleri June 19, 2017
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Seven Network’s new reality television series has already started controversy and it hasn’t even aired yet

It’s ‘Yummy Mummies’, a show following the lives of four wealthy pregnant women. 

Adelaide’s Maria DiGeronimo has been slammed on social media for a comment she made during a teaser that was released this week. 

The trailer has DiGeronimo in a cafe watching a mother breastfeed, which is followed by her declaring: 

“Breastfeeding in public is illegal. 

“You just don’t do it.”

She has said she did not mean the statement literally.

“I didn’t choose a place that was loud, rowdy, with men who could possibly even be intoxicated. 

“If I would have done that, I’d have covered up, but that’s my opinion and personal choice.

“I wanted a quiet, calm environment so we could bond and share that special moment together.” 

A petition has launched on Change.org to ban the show because of the comment.

"Oh my god, she is breastfeeding, breastfeeding in public is ILLEGAL" (note emphasis on illegal). 

"This statement made by your actors is incorrect and discrimination against breastfeeding mothers."

The petition says the show breaches the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015. 

"Clause 2.6 of the Code concerns material which may cause distress.

"This is causing the distress of thousands of breastfeeding mothers around Australia.

"Currently breastfeeding rates in Australia are extremely low, with only 15% still exclusively breastfeeding at the age of 5 months.

"This has a lot to do with the lack of support and education around breastfeeding but also due to society and media exactly like this."

The petition currently has over 18,500 signatures. 

The 31-year-old isn’t bothered by the controversy.

“They’ve seen 90 seconds of my entire life. 

“If you can judge someone on 90 seconds of their life, does that tell more about you or me. 

“I’m not out here to make people love me or hate me. 

“It’s not about the fame. 

“I’m just being me. I’m going to say my reality to everyone’s reality. 

“I realise my reality may be different to others and anything I say is just my opinion."

The show has already been slammed for being “unrealistic” for young women and girls.

One user commented on Seven Network’s post on their Facebook page: 

"So the usual unrealistic standards placed on people, especially young girls and women, by ridiculous fictional "reality" tv shows and of course magazines etc isn't enough? 

"You've found a more vulnerable target now, emotional hormonal pregnant women who are likely already feeling pretty fragile about their appearance. 

“Not surprised though!"

What do you think of the comment?

Lead image: Twitter/Channel 7