Alanis Morissette Says She Unschools With Her Kids

Alanis Morisette Opens Up About Breastfeeding And ‘Unschooling’ Her Kids

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Alanis Morissette opens up about why she chose to breastfeed on a magazine cover, and why she “unschools” her kids

’90s alt rock queen, Alanis Morissette, is on Health magazine’s May cover — and it’s bringing a little bit of brightness and hope into our lives. Morissette deliberately chose to breastfeed for the cover photo in order to send a powerful message to all the moms out there: You are not alone, you are doing a good job, and you deserve to be celebrated.

The musician tells Health that she wanted to specifically be breastfeeding on the cover of Health because, “I love women,” she says. “I love moms so much. If I talked about it too much, I’ll start crying. I just think moms are so selfless day in and day out — women are just killing it all the time. And they are so often quietly suffering, or not-so-quietly suffering, and still going —functioning sufferers.”

Public breastfeeding has, in the most recent years, become a symbol of strength and defiance for some. For the longest time, moms were instructed to cover up when feeding their children in public places and shamed when they chose not to. Although publicly breastfeeding is no longer as taboo as it once was, some clueless folks still see it as an inappropriate act that should only take place behind closed doors. By choosing to breastfeed on the cover of a magazine, Morissette continues to help normalize the experience. (Although if you’re a mom who chooses not to breastfeed publicly, or at all, that’s totally okay too! Your choices are yours and yours alone.)