February 26, 2014
Mayim Bialik Says Breastfeeding In Public Is 'An Intimate Act, It's Not Sexual'

Mayim Bialik has been forced to defend her way of parenting many times over the years.

In a recent interview with Ricky Camilleris of the Huffington Post, she discussed the controversy that erupted after she posted a photo of herself nursing her then 3-year-old son, Fred, on the subway in 2011.

"What I like to point out is that was the best way for that subway ride to be pleasant for everyone," she said, adding later: "I don't believe you need to cover up a baby eating anymore than you need to cover a baby drinking a bottle."

Bialik commented that she could not understand why anyone should be offended by the sight of a mother breastfeeding their child. She feels that this mindset is a symptom of the "very, very bizarre relationship with breasts" prevalent in modern western culture.

She added that, on behalf of all mothers and hungry babies everywhere, she hoped to be able clear up that confusion for good.

"Breastfeeding is NOT a sexual act," she told Camilleri. She continued:

"I think anywhere you give a bottle, you breastfeed. I didn't feel the need to be immodest, but also feel like that's going to vary from woman to woman. I would try and be, absolutely, respectful and conscious of the community I was in, but I don't believe you need to cover up a baby eating, anymore than you need to cover up a baby drinking a bottle."
Bialik is a neuroscientist, actress, and mother to her two sons Miles, 8, and Fred, now 5, with ex-husband Michael Stone.

Mayim also runs a Jewish parenting blog called Kveller, in which she shares her thoughts on attachment parenting, a child-led parenting style that encourages bonding through co-sleeping, babywearing, and breastfeeding.

She described breastfeeding as an intimate act, and she understand that makes "some people uncomfortable." However "that's completely normal to have all of the humane hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child -- that's simply normal."

Here is an interview she gave to CNN on the subject: