Two Hollywood mamas showed some flesh recently but with very different results. Last week, Kim Kardashian famously tried to break the Internet by showing off her naked booty (and everything else) for PAPER magazine. A couple of weeks before that, Alyssa Milano posted a couple of pictures of daughter Elizabella breastfeeding that showed—gasp!—part of her breast. While the sight of Mrs. West's oiled-up backside was considered OK, Milano was criticized for daring to show her daughter mid-suckle.
The former Mistresses star struck back with a tweet that fired up nursing moms everywhere. She wrote: "Wait! I don't get it. No disrespect to Kim but... people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?"
It's a fair question and one that's inspired women to flood Milano's Twitter feed with their own breastfeeding photos, hashtags, and shows of support. A sample of a few: "Respect to anyone who chooses to breastfeed and post photos. This one is for you @Alyssa_Milano," wrote Mrs Mildinhall. "#Support @Alyssa_Milano let's #BreakTheInternet and make breastfeeding as natural as it should be! #breastfeeding" tweeted Kathryn Correa. "@Alyssa_Milano Your pic is beautiful. It's what theyre made for anyway! #NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastfeedingSelfie," said Samantha Richards.
Did Milano intend to become the latest celeb to take up the cause of breastfeeding? Who knows, but I think it's remarkable that she's using her status to raise awareness that nursing isn't just natural, it's also something moms shouldn't feel ashamed about doing in public. Just as gratifying is how many women have already publicly expressed their support for her (some want to try to break the Internet with their breastfeeding selfies!). We have a long way to go before a mom can nurse in public without getting a side-eye, of course -- even women's clothing stores still have an issue with it -- but the more it's out there on social media, in stores or at restaurants, the more "normal" it becomes.
Tell us: Do you nurse in public? Would you try it? Why or why not?
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Image of Alyssa Milano breastfeeding courtesy of Alyssa Milano via Instagram