Mayim Bialik and public breastfeeding became a popular topic last year in 2011. The Big Bang Theory star wrote a blog post about weaning her then three year-old son and posted a picture of her breastfeeding Fred. Bialik battled conversations about attachment parenting for several years after that.
Eventually, Mayim Bialik got frustrated and gave up on the whole public breastfeeding issue last year. After going through a difficult divorce and battling for custody, it seemed that she had other things she wanted to worry about. But on a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Bialik was asked about public breastfeeding again.
Bialik is both an actress and a real neuroscientist, as well as playing one on television. She is well known for her intelligence and willingness to stand up for health and women’s rights issues. Born to Jewish parents, she is a strong believer in family and attachment parenting. When asked about her parenting style and public breastfeeding, Bialik simply responded:
“Our culture has a very, very bizarre relationship with breasts. Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. It’s an intimate act, and that makes some people uncomfortable, but it’s completely normal to have all of the human hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child.”
Mayim Bialik was specifically asked about why she felt the need to breastfeed Fred in public on the train. She doesn’t believe she was doing anything to make anyone uncomfortable. In fact, she felt she was doing quite the opposite. “What I like to point out is that was the best way for that subway ride to be pleasant for everyone. I don’t believe you need to cover up a baby eating anymore than you need to cover a baby drinking a bottle.”
Of course Mayim Bialik, a published author and PHD degree holder had more to talk about than her breasts. They also discussed the success of The Big Bang Theory. Audiences were thrilled to see Bialik’s character, Amy, share a kiss with on screen boyfriend Sheldon. Mayim believes audiences were shocked because it had been “a long time coming”.
Even though she had said she was tired of defending attachment parenting in the past, it is clear that Mayim Bialik is still passionate about public breastfeeding and its place in society.