Mayim Bialik Defends Breastfeeding In Public! Do You Agree With Her Statement On Breasts Doing Their Thang?
This mother isn't backing down from her convictions!
Former Blossom actress and current The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik is a proponent of attachment parenting, and also is fighting for her right to breastfeed in public!
And although she's weaned her four-year-old son Fred from her own milk - she still remembers the awfulness from when she was still breastfeeding him.
One incident she vividly remembers was when Mayim was breastfeeding her then three-year-old son on a New York City subway - an event that prompted an extreme amount of backlash for Mayim.
"I received a tremendous amount of backlash. What I like to point out is that was the best way for that subway ride to be pleasant for everyone. It was the end of a very long day. That was not a weak moment of parenting but a conscious decision of, 'I have the best way to make this child happy and content right now."
Although Mayim believes there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public - she also never wanted to make people uncomfortable if she could help it. She said:
"When I was nursing, I didn't feel the need to be immodest, but I also feel like that's going to vary from woman to woman. I would try to be absolutely respectful and conscious of the community I was in. But I don't believe you need to cover up a baby eating anymore than you need to cover a baby drinking a bottle."
One reason why Mayim believes she did receive so much backlash is because of the current culture and its "bizarre" relationship with breasts. She said:
"Our culture has a very, very bizarre relationship with breasts. Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. It's an intimate act, and that makes some people uncomfortable, but it's completely normal to have all of the human hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child."
To each their own, right?
If people really have a problem with someone breastfeeding on a city subway - they can always look away, or leave the subway train.
Whether or not one agrees with Mayim's parenting values is kind of inconsequential!
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]