Mila Kunis opens up about being shamed for breastfeeding in public
Published 20/07/2016 | 17:58
Mila Kunis has opened up about being shamed for breastfeeding in public.
The That 70’s Show star revealed that people looked at her in a “shameful” way when she breastfed her daughter in public.
The actress slammed the criticism of the act, which sees women worldwide being condemned for feeding their child.
“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,” she told Vanity Fair.
“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.”
She said that it didn’t matter to her what people thought when she breastfed in a public place, as the most important thing to her is feeding her child.
“It always made my husband and I feel a little weird,” she revealed.
“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.”
Kunis said that she thinks it’s “unfortunate” that people criticise women who breastfeed in public, and she feels that culture is to blame.
“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,” she said, before offering a solid piece of advice.
“But I respect the opinions on both sides. If it’s not for you, don’t look.”
Kunis (32) has 21-month-old daughter Wyatt with husband Aston Kutcher and is currently pregnant with her second child.