Alyssa Milano Gets the Last Word in Breastfeeding Debate with Wendy Williams
In Milano vs. Williams, I'd say the actress came out the victor.
Controversy alert! You may have heard Alyssa Milano and Wendy Williams got into a heated debate over breastfeeding during the actress's recent appearance on the outspoken talk show host's program. Here's what went down, in case you missed it.
After a lighthearted discussion about the actress's family, including her two kids Milo, age 4, and Elizabella, 16 months, and a segment in which Milano admitted to gaining 55 pounds with each of her pregnancies (so admirable she shared this!), Williams said, "Alyssa recently caused controversy because she was breastfeeding."
She was referring to a selfie the star shared on social media, of herself nursing her daughter. "That one isn't even that bad," Milano said. Indeed, the star has been chronicling her breastfeeding journey since Elizabella was born. But, Williams pointed out, this latest photo had a lot of people saying Milano showed too much.
"I was surprised by the reaction and I was surprised I was then put in the position of then being, like, a breastfeeding advocate," the actress told the host, noting she felt shocked so many were that opinionated about an act that is completely natural.
Williams piped up: "I'm opinionated.... I don't need to see that. Because I just don't want to."
"Would you eat under a blanket?" Milano demanded, and Williams said she would go feed her baby in the car. Milano balked, "You would go feed your baby in the car?"
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Then the actress asked why it's okay to show a sexual picture of Miley Cyrus, but not of breastfeeding. But Williams didn't back down, saying breasts are sexual things. "I'm a mom also. But breastfeeding is only a particular amount of time. The rest of your life, your breasts are sexual things," she said.
"Biologically, they're not made for sexual things, that's what we've done to them," the star retorted.
"They're fun bags!" Williams cried.
"You're lucky the baby's not here. I'd whip 'em out and feed her on your show!" Milano said.
Well, I guess she got the last word. Well done, mama!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.