Breastfeeding in public has become a touchy subject. There are those who are against it and those, like actress Alyssa Milano, who are all for it and don't plan on stopping their breastfeeding routine or posting pictures of it, as did Milano on Instagram despite the backlash received from her followers.
It started with a throwback Thursday Instagram post in celebration of her daughter's one-year birthday. According to UPI Milano posted the pic of her breastfeeding her then infant daughter Elizabella and the floodgates opened with over one thousand comments pouring in from her followers who didn't have such nice things to say about the photo. This in spite of the photo showing less skin than some actresses' normal clothing.
A photo posted by Alyssa Milano (@milano_alyssa) on Sep 4, 2015 at 10:16am PDT
Some of the comments stated that breastfeeding should be a sacred and private moment and not to be posted on social media and shared with the world, while others commented on the fact that Milano seems to post pictures of her breastfeeding her kids often and they're just tired of seeing them. What seems to be the biggest concern on the comments is the cut off age for breastfeeding. Although the post shows Milano breastfeeding her then infant daughter, people seemed to be bothered by the fact that she still continues to breastfeed past infant stages. Many of her followers took to her defense saying that they too breastfed their children way past their infant stages, with one comment saying she breastfed until her daughter was 5.
Ironically, that is around the age that celebrity mom, Milano says she will stop breastfeeding her children if she feels like it. The Charmed actress told Entertainment Tonight "I'm going to keep breastfeeding, maybe even until [Elizabella is] 6!" The actress explains how Miley Cyrus can show her nipples without any backlash from people but her post on Instagram of her doing something "natural" is crazy.
She tells ET, "I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human." Commenters are right about Milano's frequent breastfeeding pics on social media sites. She is a mother that prides herself in nursing both of her children and even posted photos of her nursing her son, Milo, who is now 4-years-old, when he was in his infant stages.
She and husband David Bugliari believe the bond between a child and both parents is amazing. She told ET "When you have these babies, that connection is so meant to be and so profound," she gushes. "You look at them and you go, 'Oh, this is why. This is why I went through everything in my life.'"