Every month I am highlighting an empowering woman. This month it is:
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Author Tom Sorenson
Alyssa Milano came to fame playing Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed. Phoebe was an advice columnist who once channeled Lady Godiva and rode naked on horseback in San Francisco to protest against a restaurant owner’s treatment of her sister when she was breastfeeding her baby. I find this interesting considering this is a fight Alyssa has fought in real life.
She has two children and has openly discussed breastfeeding, something that all women do to nurture their babies and give them life. Once, her breast milk was thrown out by airport security. “Every ounce of milk I’m able to produce for my child is nothing short of a miracle, and to watch that milk be thrown away without any regard for my baby was heartbreaking.”
Public breastfeeding has become a hot topic of debate lately with people strongly being on one side or another. For or against. Alyssa has raised a question: "why it’s okay to show a photo of Miley Cyrus wearing only two suspenders covering her breasts, but it’s not okay to share images of nursing mothers."
She also pointed out how breasts have been sexualized away from their natural purpose. “Biologically, they’re not made for sexual things, that’s what we’ve done to them.”
Alyssa has argued against even using a blanket to cover up, prompting if you’d eat under a blanket and adding that women shouldn’t have to hide their nursing babies.
She’s famously shared her breastfeeding journey with her kids on Instagram.
“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.”
QUESTIONS: Did you ever watch Charmed? It was one of my favorite shows. What do you think of breastfeeding in public?