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Chrissy, 32, says she was recently asked to stop breastfeeding her son, Moses, at a public pool in Ohio because of complaints from pool-goers. Find out what she decided to do .
“The breast has a day job and a night job,” doctor of psychology Wendy Walsh, Ph.D. says. “At night it’s a sexual object, and in the daytime, it’s a feeding machine. We’re confusing nudity and sexuality with something that’s a normal feeding process. So that’s why people get a little worried.”
The Doctors debate the controversial topic . What are your thoughts on breastfeeding in public? Speak out !
• Are the health benefits of breastfeeding overhyped? Joan B. Wolf, Ph.D., author of Is Breast Best?, challenges the widespread belief that breastfeeding is better for a baby than bottle feeding. What do you think ?
Feel What We See
After a difficult battle with lupus, Nicole, now 32, married her husband, Brandon, in 1999, and soon after, developed a rare bacterial infection that nearly killed her, and left her 98 percent blind . Despite her disability, and being told she had just a 10-percent chance of having children due to her lupus treatment, Nicole and Brandon have had two kids, Payton, 7, and Kaison, 3, and a third on the way.
“She is the most amazing mother,” Brandon says. “I don’t think our children even know she can’t see. And I think that that’s a miracle in itself.”
Unfortunately, however, “I’ve never seen any of my children,” Nicole says. “I’ve never seen any ultrasound. I would love to be able to see the ultrasound.”
What are you afraid of? Face your biggest phobias with The Doctors’ new series “Project Fear.”
Karen, 52, is terrified to fly , and hasn’t been on an airplane in 22 years. “I’ll take a car, a train or I’ll go on a cruise, but no flying,” she says. “I’ll try to find any way to not fly.”
With her son going across the country to college, Karen wants to be able to visit him without having to drive. She visits fear of flying expert John J. Murphy, Ph.D., to help ease her phobia , and Jillian has her confront her fear head-on .
Doctor of psychology Wendy Walsh, Ph.D. shares her tips for facing your fears:
1. Educate Yourself on the Actual Risks
Know the statistical probability of a positive outcome.Use your intellectual processes to compensate for youremotional processes.
2. Mentally Face Your Fear
Visualize yourself succeeding. Do it every day, three times a day, for two weeks before doing the feared activity.
3. Find a Distraction
If you feel your body's inappropriate fear responses start to rise, talk to someone near you about an unrelated topic, stare at something meaningful or find an important, happy memory to focus on.
• Jillian and Dr. Travis reveal their biggest fears .
• Find out how fear affects the body .
• Do you have a phobia you need help overcoming? Tell us !
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