'Blossom' Star: Our Culture Sexualizes Breast Feeding

'Blossom' Star: Our Culture Sexualizes Breast Feeding

Former Blossom star Mayim Bialik thinks our culture has an unhealthy take on a very natural process–breastfeeding.

Bialik, the star of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, doesn’t think twice about breastfeeding her child in public. As she sees it, the problem exists with those who view the exchange in a sexual way.

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.

Bialik rose to fame on the teen-friendly series Blossom, but now she is known for both her acting work and attachment parenting methods. She has spoken candidly about breast feeding her son at the age of four and how she has no desire to hide her nursing habits in public.

When I was nursing, I didn’t feel the need to be immodest, but I also feel like that’s going to vary from woman to woman. I would try to 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 a baby drinking a bottle.