Alyssa Milano defends breastfeeding on The Wendy Williams Show
Posted on 07 January 2016
The Wendy Williams Show did a huge disservice to ALL women with her anti-breastfeeding comments to Alyssa Milano on her talk show. Wendy not only put down Alyssa's choice to breastfeed her child and post pictures on social media, but came right out and said, "(Breasts are) more a sexual than a feeding thing." She also tells Alyssa that "I don't need to see that... because I just don't want to." This anti-feminist statement serves to police women's bodies, telling us what we can and can't do with our breasts simply because it arbitrarily makes someone uncomfortable. It places that discomfort, which can easily be avoided by turing away from a breastfeeding mom or scrolling past a breastfeeding picture on social media, above the importance of feeding a baby when the baby needs to eat. It reinforces the sexist imagery we are bombarded with each day, telling us that women are sexual objects to be used for other's pleasure. Many women, myself included, start their breastfeeding journey with some fear or hesitation due to these messages and our complicated relationships with our breasts as sexual objects. Hearing Wendy, a woman and a mother, voice these opinions as if they are facts, hurts even more. Breastfeeding is more than a a mother's choice. It's a feminist issue. It is a health issue. It is a FACT that breastmilk is the best option for babies. It provides babies and toddlers with optimal nutrition, antibodies, and other benefits that last a lifetime, along with reducing a breastfeeding mother's risk of breast cancer. It is a socio-economic issue. Formula costs approximately $1,700 a year, whereas breastmilk is free. Beyond that, formula fed babies get sick more often than breastfed babies, raising the costs of healthcare. Although formula feeding costs much more, women with lower incomes and lower levels of education are less likely to breastfeed than women with higher income and education levels. It is a race issue. Only 58.9% of Black mothers breastfeed for any length of time, whereas 75.2% of White mothers and 80.0% of Latina mothers breastfeed for any length of time. Thank you, Alyssa, for being such a well-informed, confident, and poised breastfeeding advocate. We do need to see "that" to normalize breastfeeding.
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Posted by The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, January 6, 2016