My mother wasn't able to breastfeed, and I didn't witness anyone else nurse a baby until I was already pregnant with my own. Still, I knew I wanted to at least try to breastfeed. Sadly, however, I only had the media's depiction of breastfeeding to go off of and holy hell do I wish breastfeeding was like it's portrayed on TV. If it was that effortless, moms choosing (and able) to breastfeed would be living the dream, my friends.
For better or worse, breastfeeding isn't really depicted in the majority of television shows, or movies, centered around or involving motherhood. When it is, it's usually used as a way to get cheap laughs, in which nursing a baby highlights men's apparent inability to view breasts as anything other than sexual. If it's not used for comedic relief, it's used as a prop to make a particular character appear undesirable, like the now-infamous Lysa Tully breastfeeding scene in Game of Thrones.
However, when it is depicted in a way that isn't misogynistic or "gross," it's usually serene and effortless and beautiful. Now that I have breastfed my own child for more than 30 months, I look at these TV depictions with a wry smile. They just get it so very wrong. However, and even though it's fiction, there are times when I wish I could live in television land and breastfeed my son with ease.