Mila Kunis on Being Shamed for Public Breastfeeding
Actress Mila Kunis is opening up about the struggles she faces as a new mom, such as breastfeeding in public.
Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher are parents to Wyatt, 21 months, and the couple have another baby on the way. When Wyatt was born, Kunis choose to breastfeed. She told Vanity Fair, "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.”
As for her choice to breastfeed in public places, she emphasized that it was out of necessity. "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.”
When she is unable to cover up, Kunis revealed she's been shunned by complete strangers, who have outright glared at her. She commented, “It always made my husband and I feel a little weird. It took us a little aback 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. That's what I chose to do, but I think it's unfortunate that people are so hard on women who choose to do it and do it in public. 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. But I respect the opinions on both sides. If it's not for you, don't look.”
Mila is the latest star to discuss nursing. Teresa Palmer also recently wrote about the shaming she has faced as a mom. She said, “The social discrimination against women who breast-feed their older toddler can be immense. I know women who won't feed their 2-year-old in public for this reason. From dirty looks, to whispers and nasty comments, it is downright bullying.”