Alyssa Milano Thinks Women Should "Feel Comfortable" Breastfeeding Their Babies "Wherever"

Actress also defends her decision to post a feeding picture online

By Mike Vulpo Dec 09, 2014 4:16 AMTags
Watch: Alyssa Milano Speaks Out on Breastfeeding Controversy

It's always big news when a famous mom decides to capture breastfeeding moments with her babies.

So it's no surprise that Alyssa Milano received plenty of attention when she shared a black and white photo of herself feeding daughter Elizabella Dylan this October.

While the actress wasn't necessary "surprised" by the response, she knew she wanted to make a statement.

"I just think it's important for women to feel comfortable feeding their babies wherever," she told E! News at the March of Dimes' Celebration of Babies event. "If we're in public, we shouldn't have to go in the bathroom."

She added, "I don't want to eat in a public bathroom. Why should I feed my baby in a public bathroom?"

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for March of Dimes

Milano, who recently decided to leave her hit TV show Mistresses to focus on her family, also can't seem to understand why photos like hers get so much scrutiny.

"I think it has a lot to do with the sexualization of women's bodies," she shared. "I think it's almost more shocking if you show a picture of the body doing what it's supposed to be doing than a sexy picture of yourself in a bathing suit or something like that. It's just a weird double standard I think."

Perhaps she's talking about Kim Kardashian's Paper magazine shoot, an image she discussed both on Twitter and The Talk.


As a proud mom to two kids, Milano can't help but use her celebrity status to help other babies in need.

While attending the charity event in Beverly Hills, the 41-year-old shared her support for expectant mothers everywhere.

"I have so many friends that gave birth super, super early that their babies needed to be in the NICU and I just can't imagine what that must feel like," she shared. "The fact that March of Dimes supports those parents and those babies is just vital."

And if you're curious to see if the actress wants to post another breastfeeding pic soon, you'll just have to watch the video above and find out.

—Reporting by Will Marfuggi