June 09, 2016 03:00 PM

Every mom parents differently, but Zoe McLellan is doing it right in regards to what works for her family: She’s choosing her son’s happiness.

The NCIS: New Orleans actress, 41, dished on PEOPLE’s Mom Talk about why she has preferred breastfeeding uncovered to worrying about whether people are looking at her.

“I tried to do the cover, but I felt bad — I didn’t want to cover him up,” she says of breastfeeding son Sebastian, now 2½. “He would move his hands and try and get [the cover] out of the way, and I was like, ‘I think I care more about him than my nipple hanging out.’ “

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McLellan admits not covering up was hard for her because she’s “a little shy about” it even though she respects and admires women who can do it without hesitation. But she got over her reservations quickly when Sebastian wasn’t into the cover.

She also confesses that she just wants her son to “be able to breathe,” and wishes breastfeeding in public wasn’t such a taboo subject.

“I wish it wasn’t so awkward in public because it’s just a beautiful thing,” she says.

“It is beautiful,” agrees Bordertown actress Jacqueline Piñol, 37, who welcomed son Atlas in February with husband Jonny Blu.

“There’s judgment if you breastfeed, but then there’s judgment [if you don’t],” she adds. “It’s like you can’t win, and all you’re trying to do is feed your baby.”

Jen Juneau

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