updated - May 23, 2013 Thursday EDT
A breastfeeding reality show? Yes, that's right. Following the hotly debated Time magazine cover that featured a mom breastfeeding her 3 year old boy, many have been questioning how long is it is acceptable to breastfeed a child after infancy.
In the new reality show, titled Extreme Parenting, viewers will get an inside look into some of the more taboo forms of parenting. The show will be produced by the same creators of shows like Bridezilla and Dancing Moms. Details as to when the show will start airing have not been released.
According to Yahoo! Shine, Jeff Collins, president of Collins Avenue Productions, who is developing the show said "that cover (the controversial Time cover) proves what I've been saying for the last year - America has become a country of extremes."
'I think it's so fascinating that some Americans find the image of woman breastfeeding to be provocative, shocking, even sexual when, in fact, it's the most natural thing in the world.'
When you watch any of my shows you can see a common thread,' Collins said. 'I'm interested in peeling back the curtain to look at choices other people make that will have a huge impact on their children or their lives."
'I'm fascinated by the way other people raise their children. I grew up in a very conservative small town and everyone kind of raised their kids with the exact same values so it's interesting to me to see so many people breaking the mold of tradition," he added.
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding a baby until it is a year old as this is the age by which the nutritional benefits have reached their optimum.
The first episode of the series is set to give viewers an inside look into why some moms choose to breastfeed their children at such a late age. At least one of the moms who were interviewed by Time will appear to share her story.
Collins stated that the new show, like some of his older ones, reflects his long time fascination with parenting tactics.
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