Alyssa Milano: Mums should feel comfortable nursing ‘wherever’

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Alyssa Milano copped plenty of backlash (and support, I hasten to add) when she posted this breastfeeding selfie on Instagram in October. But she doesn’t regret it one little bit.

The 41-year-old mum of two says she wasn’t surprised by the attention the photo of her nursing baby Elizabella Dylan received, and that she wanted to make a statement.

“I just think it’s important for women to feel comfortable feeding their babies wherever,” she told E! News at a red carpet event this week. “If we’re in public, we shouldn’t have to go in the bathroom. I don’t want to eat in a public bathroom. Why should I feed my baby in a public bathroom?”

About a week after the selfie, she thumbed her nose at critics by sharing another photo showing her breastfeeding Elizabella while having her make-up done.

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She tells E! News she thinks her photos have stirred such strong debate because “it has a lot to do with the sexualisation of women’s bodies”. “I think it’s almost more shocking if you show a picture of the body doing what it’s supposed to be doing than a sexy picture of yourself in a bathing suit or something like that. It’s just a weird double standard I think,” she says.

Milano hit the headlines for a third time when she questioned why she her breastfeeding photos had been criticised at the same time Kim Kardashian was being praised for her naked, oiled-up Paper magazine shoot.

Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, I think it’s awful for mums to feel they have to hide or justify the choice they make for their baby and family. Just last week we reported on a new mum who was told to cover up while feeding her 12-week-old daughter in London’s exclusive Claridge’s Hotel – it’s hard to believe these conversations are still happening.

Is Alyssa right? Is society more accepting of female nudity than of mums feeding a baby? Tell us your experiences below.

(via E! News; images via milano_alyssa, Instagram)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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