9 Celeb Moms Who Clapped Back at Public Breastfeeding Shamers
During a gala benefiting her husband’s foundation earlier this week, the wife of retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps took some time away from the festivities to pump milk for her 3-month-old son Beckett Richard. She documented the experience with a selfie that showed a breast pad fully visible under her black sequined dress. "I stepped away from our foundation gala to take a moment and pump — hands free — thankful I could sit with my back to the room we were in and get it done," Nicole wrote. In the Instagram post, the mom of two also opened up about her belief that breastfeeding in public shouldn't be frowned upon.
"Some won’t agree with where I did this and even worse if I was sitting there with Beckett nursing people might judge me,” she continued. “But breastfeeding is NATURAL, I have to admit there were times at the Olympics I was feeding [now-2-year-old son Boomer Robert] in the stands.”
“I want it to be known women don’t have to hide in a bathroom to take a moment to provide our babies with food,” she wrote.
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After sharing an intimate photo taken by boyfriend Robin Thicke of herself breastfeeding their daughter Mia Love, 8 weeks, the new mom used Instagram again to clap back at English television personality Chanelle Hayes, who criticized Geary for posting the snap.
“I’m all for breastfeeding and having a choice how to feed your baby but WHY do people feel the need to post pictures of themselves doing it?! Especially the new pic of Robin Thicke’s gf! She’s got hair done, makeup on, both boobs out. So strange. What’s the need?? #opinions,” Hayes tweeted.
“Hey @chanellehayes, maybe the next time you want to criticize me for posting a picture of myself breastfeeding you should really take a look at the pictures you’ve had taken,” Geary — a model herself — captioned a side-by-side of Hayes’ tweet and a photo of the latter posing topless.
“Not that taking nudes are wrong! The naked body is a beautiful thing! But don’t be a hypocrite mama," Geary concluded.
After The Walking Dead star posted a photo of herself feeding her infant daughter — and apparently received some harsh words from followers — she shared a pretty perfect response. “This is my body and my page. So I will post what I want, when I want,” Serratos captioned the image. “Those who disapprove can suck my left tit. #workingmom #chill,” added the 26-year-old actress unapologetically.
"I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..?" the Victoria's Secret Angel wrote in an Instagram post, noting that women are "even kicked out of public places for feeding their children." She continued: "The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv … why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural."
"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," the Bad Moms actress told Vanity Fair, sharing about having to endure judgmental stares while breastfeeding her now-2-year-old daughter Wyatt Isabelle in public. "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."
"I certainly didn't expect people to be upset at the obscenity of public breastfeeding," Wilde revealed to HuffPost Live, opening up about her breastfeeding portrait in a 2014 issue of Glamour. "I was shocked that there were still people who find it inappropriate because they think it's a sexual thing. I think that says a lot about them." But the controversy led to some positivity among Wilde's fans. "The coolest thing to come out of that [picture] was all these women who took pictures of themselves breastfeeding in public and tweeted them to me and to the world," she recalled. "I thought that was really great, and so I was happy to just encourage their awesome movement."
When it came time to star alongside Kim Kardashian West and Fergie in the musician's music video for "MILF Money," Teigen had no qualms about breastfeeding her daughter Luna in one scene — a totally impromptu move. "It was [like], '[Luna's] here, and it's "MILF Money" — I would love to capture this moment with her,' " she told PEOPLE. "I think it's beautiful. They were so accommodating of a newborn baby, and John was watching," Teigen added. "Honestly, it was like 10 minutes, but it went by so fast. I loved it."
"We all have nipples. I don't care who I offend," Blair once told PEOPLE. "My baby wants to eat. If I can't get a cover over me quick enough, so be it."
On a memorable appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, Milano discussed breastfeeding in public — an issue the talk show host and the actress clashed over, with Williams telling the star that "breastfeeding is only a particular amount of time. The rest of your life, your breasts are sexual things." Milano, who regularly posts snapshots of herself breastfeeding her daughter on Instagram, responded: "Biologically they're not made for sexual things, that's what we've done to them."