Breastfeeding in Public : Alyssa Milano's Address January 08 2016
Breastfeeding in public has been a hot topic lately and both arguing sides tend to feel very strongly. From stories of mothers shamed for feeding their babies at restaurant tables to mothers feeding their babies at a park while keeping an eye on a playing toddler.
Notably one of the biggest public figures (as of late) and advocates for breastfeeding is Alyssa Milano.
Actress and mother of two, Alyssa Milano has been no stranger to the topic and negativity surrounding her displays of breastfeeding her children on social media. When she appeared on the Wendy Williams show this week. Luckily Milano was confident in her actions, and handled opposing views with grace.
If you should find yourself stuck, and trying to figure out what is best for you.:
"Should I nurse my baby here or should I go someplace else? Should I use a cover or not?"
Here are some resources that you may find helpful. No matter which decision you choose to make, arm yourself with some facts and local ordinances/laws to ease your fears.
Here is a very helpful article from La Leche Legue International explains in detail how the media plays a role in portrayal of breastfeeding and how to equip yourself for nourishing your child wherever is safe and convenient for you and your child.
"Surveys have revealed that far too many women are uncomfortable at the thought of nursing their baby in public and that this discomfort is a common cause for disruption of the breastfeeding relationship" (Granju 1999)
Here is what Georgia Code says about a woman's right to breastfeed in public
Georgia Code – Health – Title 31, Section 31-1-9
The breast-feeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. A mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.
Search for your state regulations here.
See the full clip from Wendy Williams show where Alyssa Milano defends her public displays of breastfeeding and talks about breastfeeding and loosing postpartum "baby weight."
What do you think? Why do you think people are offended when they see a nipple in a way that isn't sexually oriented? Have you been publicly reprimanded for nursing in public?