Mila Kunis shares a story of breastfeeding-shaming
It’s 2016, and women are still being shamed for breastfeeding in public. Even famous women can’t escape the public’s judgy glares. Mila Kunis admitted in an interview with Vanity Fair that she breastfed openly, whenever she needed to, and often caught some disapproving looks.
“I support every woman’s choice in what she wants to do and whatever makes them happy, but for me, I did nurse my child and I literally breastfed everywhere,” Kunis told VF this week. “There were many times where I didn’t bring a cover with me, and so I just did it in a restaurant, in the subway, in the park, at airports, and in planes. Why did I do it in public? Because I had to feed my child. She’s hungry. I need to feed her whether it’s out of a bottle or out of my boob no matter where I was.”
Isn’t it crazy that this is still something women even need to think about? Public breastfeeding is legal in every state, and many states have laws protecting a woman’s right to do so. That doesn’t stop people from insisting it’s inappropriate, giving weird looks, and in some cases even harassing women for doing it.
“It always made my husband and I feel a little weird,” she admits. “It took us a little back because people actually looked at us in a shameful [way], and we were like, ‘Oh my God,’ because it’s so not a sexual act. It didn’t matter to me what other people thought. That’s what I chose to do, but I think it’s unfortunate that people are so hard on women who choose to do it and do it in public. In the States and in our culture, we sexualize the breast so much that there’s an aspect of it that people just don’t know how to wrap their head around the idea of showing your breast in public. But I respect the opinions on both sides. If it’s not for you, don’t look.”
Well, that was nice of her to say she respects the opinions on both sides. We don’t. It’s never okay to harass a breastfeeding woman or make her feel like she’s doing something wrong for simply feeding her child in public. Anyone with a hangup about the act seriously just needs to get over it and look the other way.