Alyssa Milano Just Brilliantly Shot Down Breastfeeding Shamers Point-By-Point

Source: AP
Source: AP

Wendy Williams doesn't seem to have gotten the memo that it's not cool to shame women for breastfeeding in public. Guess it's a good thing actress Alyssa Milano, an outspoken nursing advocate, stopped by Williams' show on Wednesday to explain why any discomfort about breastfeeding is truly, totally bananas. 

Williams raised the issue by bringing up the recent controversy over several of the former Charmed star's Instagram photos, which show her breastfeeding her now-year-and-a-half-old daughter, Elizabella. Milano told Williams she was shocked to find herself tasked with defending something as basic as breastfeeding, after receiving plenty of criticism for the posts.

"I was surprised I was then put in this position of being a breastfeeding advocate, which I love, and I take that job with a lot of responsibility," Milano said. "But it's kind of shocking that we're so opinionated about something that's supposed to be so incredibly natural." 

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Williams disagreed with Milano, responding that, actually, she's one of those opinionated people. She said she thinks women who need to nurse their babies in public should go do it elsewhere, like in the car. Her reasoning? "I don't need to see that," Williams said.

But in one fell swoop, Milano shot down the host's shaming mentality, explaining the problem with using squeamishness as a defense. 

For one, breastfeeding is just eating, right? "But would you eat under a blanket?" Milano asked Williams. 

Next up: the argument about breastfeeding being sexual. 

"Now I have a question for you: Why is it OK to show that picture of Miley Cyrus with two suspenders over her breasts, and it's not OK [to show breastfeeding]?" Milano asked. "For you, maybe you've sexualized breasts, that that's OK."

As Williams continued to defend her anti-breastfeeding stance by saying breasts are sexual for most of women's lives ("They're funbags!"), Milano gamely reminded her that their fetishization is cultural, something humans came up with all on their own.

"Biologically, they're not made for sexual things. That's what we've done to them," Milano said, echoing the numerous breastfeeding proponents who have highlighted society's boob-based double standard. As a cherry on top, she shut down the conversation with one brilliant quip.

"You're lucky the baby's not here," Milano said. "Otherwise, I'd whip 'em out and feed her on your show."

Watch Milano's appearance on Williams' show below: 

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h/t Jezebel


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Jenny Kutner is a senior reporter at Mic, covering feminism, reproductive justice and sexual violence. She is a native Texan based in New York. Send tips or friendly messages to jenny@mic.com.

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