Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel clapped back at critics of breastfeeding in public with a controversial shot of her son Anacã.
The new mom took to Instagram to slam complaints of breastfeeding in public, gushing that “the world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv.” She wondered why breastfeeding should be any different.
“Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children,” Swanepoel wrote.
She pointed out the hypocrisy of being shamed for feeding her baby, while she’s celebrated for posing topless for Victoria’s Secret and other modeling campaigns.
“I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art..?” she questioned.
“Breastfeeding is not sexual, it’s natural. Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and … on society as a whole,” she wrote with the hashtag “mother nature.”
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And Swanepoel is not the only celebrity who has spoken up about breastfeeding. Alyssa Milano famously challenged Wendy Williams during a debate on the subject when she appeared on her show.
After Williams insisted breasts were predominantly sexual in nature, calling them “fun bags,” Milano quipped, “You’re lucky the baby’s not here! I’d whip ‘em out right here and feed ‘em on your show.”
Olivia Wilde also posed breastfeeding son Otis for a controversial shot from her 2014 cover spread in Glamour. “Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast,” Wilde told the publication.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 5, 2014
Following criticism, the actress seemed surprised by the backlash, since it had just felt like a natural thing to do.
She explained that she had been working on shooting the magazine’s cover and needed to feed her son. “And so he came to work, and I had to feed him. And either I was going to do it off-camera or on, and I thought, you know what? Shoot it. Because this is a part of my real life,” Wilde reasoned.
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