Big Bang Theory actress, Mayim Bialik, was reported to be defending breastfeeding in public on Feb. 25. Eonline claims that during an interview with HuffPost Live Monday, the 38 year old actress says she has received a great deal of backlash due to her beliefs. Much of the back lashing has been occurring since she nursed her 3-year-old son on a NYC subway at the time. Mayim Bialik says she was putting her son’s needs first. The actress states that it was not a moment of weakness in parenting, but a decision of the best way to make the child happy and content at that moment.
Mayim Bialik says that she believes society has “sexualized” the normal mother-child breast feeding experience. She stated that society today has a very weird relationship with breasts. Breast feeding should not be treated as a sexual act as it is an intimate act enabling a mother to connect with her child. Mayim Bialik also stated that she doesn’t feel the need to be immodest while breast feeding and tries to be respectful of the community she is in. She also believes that a baby should not need to be covered up while it is eating any more than a baby drinking a bottle would need to be covered up. Mayim Bialik gave credit to a Jewish parenting site called Kveller because it provides a safe place for her to speak to thousands of women who get harassed for parenting this way in public.