Mayim Bialik Reminds Us All What Breastfeeding in Public Is Really About
Let’s all give a serious hat-tip to Mayim Bialik, okay? The mama of two recently opened up to Huffington Post about everybody’s favorite topic: breastfeeding. The celeb, who’s a big believer in attachment parenting, spoke openly with HuffPo about the bias on nursing in public and why everyone needs a beginner’s education as to what it’s really all about.
Mayim, who shared that she has no regrets about breastfeeding in public, said, “I think anywhere you give a bottle, you breastfeed. I didn’t feel the need to be immodest, but also feel like that’s going to vary from woman to woman. I would try and be, absolutely, respectful and conscious of the community I was in, but I don’t believe you need to cover up a baby eating, anymore than you need to cover up a baby drinking a bottle.”
But the most fist-pumping moment of the interview came when Mayim reminded everyone — supporters of and those against nursing in public places — that, “Breastfeeding is not a sexual act.” So often, people misunderstand that a nursing mother feeding in public isn’t doing it to make you feel uncomfortable. In fact, you’re not part of the equation at all. Nursing is all about satisfying baby’s needs. The mama of two chalks up the confusion to our society’s “very, very bizarre relationship with breasts.”
“It’s an intimate act,” she added, “and that makes some people uncomfortable. But that’s completely normal to have all of the humane hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child — that’s simply normal.”
Time and time again, we see stories make news where mothers have been humiliated, scolded and reduced to tears for their decision to breastfeed in public places that they have every right to be. It’s reasserted the bias on breastfeeding in the most demeaning way. That’s why days like our very own Public Display of Breastfeeding Day are so important for new and veteran mothers. The act of coming together and saying once and for all that yes, it’s completely normal to nurse in public, is an important message mothers need to send to society.
Hell, even Pope Francis is standing on the same sideline as mothers. The only question is, when will the rest of society?
Did you find it hard to nurse in public? What were your biggest obstacles?
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