Breastfeeding for reasons unknown makes a lot of people uncomfortable. These people feel particularly vocal about their feelings on social media — and no mother is safe from ridicule.
Take for instance, celebrity Alyssa Milano. Milano posted a photo on Instagram, wishing her daughter, Elizabella, a happy first birthday. In the photo the 42-year-old actress is seen breastfeeding her daughter.
And here come the negative comments. “Needed some attention again?? Every few months we will look forward to seeing you breast feed and then talk about it for weeks so you can stay relevant,” one person wrote.
Another said it was “ridiculous” that Milano was still breastfeeding her daughter after a year.
But if you know anything about Milano, you know she is an advocate for normalizing breastfeeding in public. She told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her breastfeeding, and actually finds it “crazy” the way people react to it. “Everyone’s fine with [Miley Cyrus’s] nipples being out,” she says. “I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human.”
She also added that she would feed her baby until she was 6 if necessary, and that it really isn’t anyone’s business.
Milano is among many celebrity moms who have been attacked over breastfeeding photos. Earlier this year model Nicole Trunfio received some backlash for her breastfeeding her son on the cover of Elle Australia.
We personally are not offended by breastfeeding photos, and think Milano is completely correct that people are more comfortable with sexualizing breasts.
But that’s just the world we’re living in…