It amazes me how much breastfeeding in public is still controversial. It’s 2016. But even famous moms can’t escape the public’s criticism. Recently, Mila Kunis admitted in an interview with Vanity Fair to promote her new film “Bad Moms” that she breastfed openly, which often resulted in disapproving looks from others–which made her and her husband Ashton feel “weird.”
She explained how people should just mind their own business (seriously):
“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. 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.
It always made my husband and I feel a little weird. It took us a little back 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.”
Even though public breastfeeding is legal in every state, onlookers will still try to shame a woman for looking “indecent.” Kunis was being extremely diplomatic when she said she respects opinions on both sides–if only everyone else felt that way.