Alyssa Milano championed her fellow breastfeeding mothers during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday after the host admitted it makes her uncomfortable to see a woman nursing her child in public.
The 43-year-old actress, who has become a ‘breastfeeding advocate’ after sharing many photos of herself nursing on social media, said she was shocked by how opinionated people are about ‘something that is supposed to be so incredibly natural’. But the on-screen star soon learned that 51-year-old Wendy, who has a teenage son, is one of the people who believe it should be kept hidden, according to OK!
‘I don’t need to see that,’ Wendy told her. ‘Because, I just don’t want to.’ However, Alyssa, who has a 16-month-old daughter Elizabella, and a four-year-old son Milo, wouldn’t accept that explanation as an answer.
Alyssa went on to argue her point by asking the host: ‘ But would you eat under a blanket?’
‘What I would do is I would go to the car…’ Wendy explained before the mother-of-two interjected.
‘You would go feed your baby in the car?’ she asked shocked.
‘Not on the bench in the front of the big box store,’ Wendy responded.
Alyssa went on to ask Wendy why it is OK to show a photo of Miley Cyrus wearing only two suspenders covering her breasts, but it’s not OK to share images of nursing mothers.
‘I don’t know why I feel this way,’ Wendy said of her discomfort. ‘Breastfeeding is only a particular amount of time. The rest of your life, your breasts are sexual things.’
‘But biologically, they’re not made for sexual things. That’s what we’ve done to them,’ Alyssa argued.
And while they both stuck to their stances, the exchange was fairly cordial. Earlier in the segment, Wendy complimented Alyssa on her new pixie haircut, which she said she gotten done ‘right before the holidays’, and spoke to her about she lost the baby weight.
‘I always take my time losing the baby weight because there are so many more important things to be going through,’ Alyssa said. ‘But here is the deal, as far as like Hollywood making me feel like I needed to lose the weight, I didn’t feel that pressure.’
The mom went on to say that she did feel a personal pressure to lose the weight because she wanted to fit into her old clothes, which she said are ‘pretty fabulous’.
‘I think I wore my maternity jeans until the baby was like nine months old,’ she with a laugh I was 172lbs the day I gave birth to Elizabella, which was exactly what I gained with my son.’
Alyssa, who said she gained about 55lbs with each pregnancy, said she lost the first 25 to 30lbs by cutting carbs and sugar. However, when her weight loss plateaued she started following the Atkins diet and has been eating high protein meals with healthy fats ever since.
‘I have been doing Atkins ever since and I am about five pounds away from my goal weight, which is great,’ she said.
The subject of breastfeeding came up after Wendy shared a recent photo taken from Alyssa’s Instagram account that sees her nursing her daughter.