Alyssa Milano and Wendy Williams Clash Over Public Breastfeeding: 'I Don't Need to See That!'
"I don't know why I feel this way," Williams said
Alyssa Milano isn’t letting anyone get her down about breastfeeding in public.
The actress often shares photos of herself breastfeeding on social media and has been a vocal advocate for nursing mothers. On Wednesday’s The Wendy Williams show, Milano, 43, found herself at odds with the show’s host, who has a different philosophy.
“I don’t need to see that,” said Wendy Williams, saying if it were her, she would go breastfeed her baby in the car.
Milano pressed Williams on the issue, asking why it was fine to show a picture of Miley Cyrus in a scantily clad outfit but not of a woman nursing.
“I don’t know why I feel this way,” Williams said. “Breastfeeding is only a particular amount of time. The rest of your life, your breasts are sexual things.”
Milano, mother to daughter Elizabella, 16 months, and son Milo, 4, countered that breasts were not sexual objects.
“Biologically they’re not made for sexual things, that’s what we’ve done to them,” Milano said.
Williams, 53, is mother to Kevin Hunter Jr., 15, whom she said she breastfed for about two weeks.
Milano has been outspoken regarding breastfeeding, particularly the right to do so in public. (Forty-nine states in the U.S. have passed laws specifically allowing it.)
“I think that breastfeeding moms feel like what they do needs to be hidden, or not feel like they’re getting the appreciation that comes along with being a breastfeeding mom, and it meant something that someone was being vocal,” she previously told PEOPLE.
“When I post pictures of me breastfeeding Bella, it’s not that I’m trying to be very outspoken about breastfeeding, it’s that it’s a very special moment in my life. What [other people] take from that is a whole other thing. Support from not only breastfeeding moms, but moms everywhere, has been really powerful and really overwhelming.”
— Aaron Couch