Alyssa Milano, actress and breastfeeding advocate, has once again taken her cause to social media by posting a “Throwback Thursday” picture. The photo which appeared on Milano’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages on Thursday and shows Alyssa sporting a Wonder Woman costume while breastfeeding her newborn. Milano added the hashtag “#normalizebreastfeeding” to re-iterate her cause.
Milano’s ‘Throwback’ picture was met with mostly positive feedback and shared nearly 10,000 times on Facebook alone. Many mothers thanked Alyssa for her willingness to challenge the stigma associated with breastfeeding and several supporters shared their own pictures in return.
One Facebook naysayer, however, had plenty to say about the picture lamenting that while she supported breastfeeding, she felt that Milano’s need to share this picture in particular was more for “glamorization” because Alyssa was wearing a costume and had her hair and makeup done for the photo. Several Milano supporters jumped in to speak on behalf of Alyssa, reminding the negative nelly that breastfeeding is a necessity at all times of the day, even when you might be at your most glamorous.
Alyssa has frequently made headlines by publicly sharing her candid photos and strong beliefs regarding public reaction to breastfeeding. Milano is the mother of two children, Milo and Elizabella. In April, according to USA Today, Milano became enraged when security officials at Heathrow airport confiscated ten ounces of her breast milk and threw it away for violating policies regarding the size of liquid containers permitted on a plane. Alyssa vented her frustrations on Twitter to the praise of many other breastfeeding moms who had experienced similar situations.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Milano discussed the absurdity of those who find her breastfeeding pictures offensive, but hail other nipple pics like those shared online by entertainers such as Miley Cyrus.
“Everyone’s fine with her nipples being out,” Alyssa argued. “I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human.”
Perhaps those who criticize Milano for her sharing her breastfeeding pictures are having a difficult time realizing that Alyssa, whose career began as a child star in the long running Who’s The Boss, is now a grown woman and mother. Or perhaps it is difficult for others to view Milano as anything but the sex symbol who found herself in the Top 50 of last year’s Maxim’s Hot 100 list. Still, Alyssa Milano wants the world to know that her priorities are her children and she’s not afraid to bare it all to prove it.
In October of 2014, Milano shared with fans that she was making the difficult decision to step away from her fairly new and successful show Mistresses after only two seasons to focus on motherhood. According to People, Alyssa shared a message with fans on her website regarding her departure.
“After two wonderful seasons in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to shoot season three of Mistresses in Vancouver, Canada, for financial reasons. It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can’t relocate. I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first and I just cannot uproot my children and separate the family by moving away,” Milano stated. At the time of Alyssa’s departure from Mistresses, Elizabella was only a few weeks old. Just a few weeks later, Milano would don her Wonder Woman costume and pose for the breastfeeding picture making the rounds today.
Though Milano had previously stated she may “breastfeed her until she’s six,” Alyssa’s photo for Halloween 2015 showed the entire family full clothes and dressed as characters from the family-friendly Despicable Me.
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