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No, Breastfeeding is Not Something Women Need to Hide

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Alyssa Milano continues to (respectfully) stand up for a woman’s right to breastfeed.

She was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show, Wednesday, telling Milano she felt uncomfortable with women breastfeeding in public.

I give Milano a ton of credit for maintaining her composure in the face of being directly challenged on national TV. Through her rebuttal, she challenged Williams on three key points:

1. We should allow our children to eat with the same dignity that we are afforded as adults.

After she was asked about her role as a breastfeeding advocator, Milano expressed her surprise that people were so opinionated about something that is supposed to be so natural.

Williams then shouted, “I’m opinionated!”

After Milano calmly asked what bothered her about it, Williams replied, “Because I don’t need to see that … because I don’t want to.”

Despite the fact that Milano’s point was quickly glossed over, she asked Williams if she would eat under a blanket. When Williams replied that she would take her baby to the car, Milano was in disbelief.

“You would feed your baby in the car?”

It’s something I have admittedly done as a breastfeeding mother because I felt uncomfortable feeding my own baby in public. It’s sad, really.

2. Our society accepts women flaunting breasts sexually, but can’t handle when women discreetly breastfeed.

“Let me ask you a question,” said Milano. “Why is it okay to show that picture of Miley Cyrus with two suspenders over her breasts?”

The photo of Cyrus at the MTV event has the singer wearing next to nothing, posing on a red carpet. Despite that argument, though, Williams didn’t budge.

To her, breasts are sexual.

“They’re more sexual than a feeding thing,” replied Williams. “I don’t know why I feel this way … they’re the fun bags!”

3. Biologically, breasts were made for breastfeeding; society has sexualized them.

“You have to realize,” said Milano, “all over the world, this is not normal. You are the not normal. There’s a village mentality … you’re lucky the baby’s not here, I’d whip ‘em out right here and feed her on your show!”

Kudos to Milano for holding her ground, even though it was a futile effort. Williams wouldn’t budge from her view that breastfeeding makes her incredibly uncomfortable, but is completely fine with women flaunting their breasts sexually.

In fact, she segued to Ice-T and his wife, Coco, and a photo that made headlines because of Coco’s racy outfit.

“I don’t have a problem with this!” chirped Williams.

She then received some boos from the audience when she said that she would “rather see this than breastfeeding.”

“Isn’t that shocking coming from Wendy?” said Milano.

The 43-year-old actress garnered even more love from me for this interview in which she not only held her own, she remained respectful of Williams’ viewpoint while defending breastfeeding moms everywhere.

It’s something she will undoubtedly continue to do until breastfeeding in American is no longer taboo.

 

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Chrissie

Freelance Writer at chrissiewywrot.com
Chrissie is a wife, mother of three children and two cats, a freelance writer, public relations professional, and Rodan+Fields Consultant. You can learn more about her business at chrissiewywrot.com or on Facebook (ChrissieWywrot) or Twitter (@Chrissie5213).
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