Did Adam Conover Really Ruin Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding

The TV show Adam Ruins Everything gives comedian Adam Conover a platform to dispel some myths in our society. Last month, the show tackled parenting, including the breastfeeding versus formula feeding debate. For those who didn’t catch it, you can watch a segment here. Long story short: You aren’t a failure of a mother if you don’t breastfeed.

Throughout every episode of this show, little blurbs in the corner of the screen show citations that back up each claim. It’s hard to fact-check a comedy show while you’re enjoying it, but I thought it might be interesting to check this segment’s sources. Here are the claims in the clip and their associated citations.

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My Wife’s Going to Love This Blog Post All About How Amazing She Is

Awesome WifeSometimes, when I’m stuck for a blog topic, I ask my wife to give me a suggestion. She usually responds sarcastically with, “How about talking about your amazing wife?” Normally, I remind her that I write about parenthood, not marriage. But today I’m going to take her advice and tell you about my amazing wife.

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4 Things from our Past that Kids Think are Older than Dinosaurs

Phone and TypewriterTimes change, and while some iconic images last forever, others fade away. I’m becoming acutely aware that there are some things in my childhood media that my kids will never really understand. These tropes only really made sense in a certain time period, and that time has passed.

This change in popular consciousness is one reason why I’m not enamored with A Christmas Story. It just doesn’t represent my childhood the way it did for my parents. The movie relies on its audience sharing certain experiences, and I never listened to Little Orphan Annie or drank my Ovaltine.

So what will be our kids’ A Christmas Story? It’s hard to say what might find a niche in the public consciousness and stick around, but I’m pretty sure kids will never quite understand these things when they pop up in old media…

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Kids are Surprisingly Good at Spotting Bad Guys

Gaston

How does a kid know the difference between good guys and bad guys in a story? As media becomes more nuanced, it’s sometimes hard to tell. On occasion, they might ask an adult if somebody is good or bad. Often, they have to decide on their own. Don’t worry — kids are remarkably insightful.

Any sort of conflict in a story can bring my daughter to tears. She screamed and openly sobbed when we took her to see Moana, then burst into hysterical laughter at the happy ending. Unfortunately, my wife and I never know what she might find scary or what will leave her completely unfazed.

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If I praise my kids too much, will I make them soft?

Little League

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve attended a dance recital where my daughter kinda-sorta showed dancing skills, and baseball games where my son kinda-sorta showed baseball skills. My wife and I gave both kids effusive praise for their efforts. This leads me to wonder: Can you give kids too much praise?

On reflection, I think that’s a stupid question. But it keeps popping up in my head. Ideally, I want my kids to feel confident but not cocky. They should feel like they’re capable of performing at a high level, but also that there’s more to learn.

It’s one of those stupid mental chess games you wind up playing against yourself. There are a lot of moments where I feel like I overthink things as a parent, and this is one of them. It’s silly to give or withhold praise as though it’s a strategic reserve.

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