Even celebrities experience breastfeeding shame.
Mila Kunis told Vanity Fair that she’s gotten glared at for feeding her and husband Ashton Kutcher‘s daughter Wyatt, 21 months, in public.
“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,” Kunis, who is pregnant with her second child, says.
“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.”
Explains Kunis, “I need to feed her whether it’s out of a bottle or out of my boob, no matter where I was.”
Neither she nor Kutcher understand the dirty looks that sometimes accompanied her feeding sessions. “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,” she says.
Regardless of the scrutiny, Kunis, 32, says she’ll continue to do what she needs to do for Wyatt and their new baby.
“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,” the Bad Moms star says. “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.”
She understands that not every woman feels the same way, however, but insists, “If it’s not for you, don’t look.”
Kunis previously called breastfeeding “a great workout” on The Late Show in 2014.