Selma Blair Is Boldest 'Breastfeeding in Public' Advocate Yet

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selma blairOh those celebrities ... they are just like us. Some do their own grocery shopping. They get caught talking with their mouth full. And some even breastfeed their babies in public. And let's remember whatever a celebrity does is a heck of a lot more "public" because they are often followed by paparazzi. This is why I love Selma Blair even more now that she's an unofficial breastfeeding advocate than when I first found out who she was when she was locking lips with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the movie Cruel Intentions.

Yeah. She's kind of a breastfeeding hero now. And I love the bold way she talked about nursing her baby in public.

She gave an interview to People, and when talking about breastfeeding her 8-month-old son Arthur, she said:

The only time he cries is if he’s hungry. We all have nipples. I don’t care who I offend; my baby wants to eat. If I can’t get a cover over me quick enough, so be it.

"We all have nipples"! We all do! Women. Men. And let's remember men can even walk around with their nipples showing and it's no big deal. But women do it and people go nuts. Then add something that truly is discrete and not showy and simply a mama feeding her baby, and people still think it deserves an R rating. The sexualization of our breasts ... pathetic.

I'm not saying NOT to have fun with them sexually. In fact, please do have tons of fun with breasts sexually. But they serve another purpose too that has nothing at all to do with sex. And that other, vital, life-sustaining power breasts have should be celebrated and accepted.

In Selma's case, I really hope there aren't photographers following her around when she's with her baby just waiting for her to breastfeed. But you know someone probably is. People are stalking Beyonce too ever since we found out she's nursing Blue Ivy. As a mom, and being out with your child ... could you imagine that? It's hard enough to nurse in public for some moms because they feel everyone is looking and that makes them uncomfortable. Plus it isn't helping that most Americans think breastfeeding moms should hide out in bathrooms to feed baby. (That stress? Doesn't help with milk production either.) Which is why it's even more awesome that Selma is saying she doesn't care if she offends anyone while breastfeeding -- she's going to do it wherever and whenever her little Arthur is hungry.

Haters ... need to just deal with it.

I can only hope more moms feel the same way. Ignore the haters. Maybe if they do they will just go away.

What do you think of Selma's statements? Was or is breastfeeding in public an issue for you?


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Stacey. Stacey.

Now when photogs trip over themselves to get a nipple shot she'll probably be the first to complain about how she has no privacy. If she doesnt care what people think then she should just do it, there is no need to declare your stance on it.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I BF in public when necessary but wasn't cocky about it. I always fed babies before I left the house cause I didn't want to whip out a boob just because I can but if I had to I had to. I have always said boobs are for BF and my husband : ). Seriously though, I don't care what famous people do they are not idols to me, BF or not.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Stacey-that crossed my mind too.

the4m... the4mutts

I disagree wth stacey. I made my stance VERY clear to my entire circle of close and extended friends right off the bat.

I WILL do what I want in my own home, covered or not. In your home, you can ask me to do what makes u comfortable.

I nursed, uncovered, in front of my SOs best friend & best friend's wife. OMG!! She was pissed! Her husband saw my boob! Nipple too!

Well, tough shit lady, its my house, you knew what to expect before u were invited over.

I think making ur stance clear, cuts out a lot of the uncertainty about inviting/being invited places, or going in public with a mom who bfs.

Stacey. Stacey.

I think Im annoyed by this subject becasue i have personally never noticed anyone nursing in public (i dont ususally notice anything anyone does, becasue when im out Im gettin' shit done LOL) and when i nursed I never had anyone stare or say anything to me (granted I didnt just lift my shirt up wherever whenever). I want to know where all these people are that are so against it other than the internet, that people who do NIP have to act so defensive when they do.

Stacey. Stacey.

...unless of course someone like your SO's best friends wife is there in which case you tell her to suck it LOL

Zyva Zyva

Well, when my daughter was born last May, I was told that breastfeeding was obscene and to stop doing it and to 'give that child a bottle' while I was at the park overseeing my older children playing. My husband then admitted he thinks breastfeeding is weird. 

I think that Selma said that publicly because she was most likely asked about it, celebrities live far different lives than you and I. 

nonmember avatar Jane

Um, you guys.... she was being intervieed and answered a question. Shut the fuck up about making declarations. Sorry YOU'RE not famous and so bitter about it. And those people against NIP are just quieter and more passive agressive in real life than online most of the time.

Stacey. Stacey.

yes I am so bitter Im not a forgotten about "star" I want to die every morning I awake!! LOL

Zyva whoever told you that is probably just jealous or old.

the4m... the4mutts

I had negative experiences nursing while covered up in public. People didn't stop to think I might be nursing, and without asking, would lift up the blanket to see the cute baby! I was like, wtf?! Typically I got my othe hand up in time to block, scold the person and walk off. But a few times I didn't, and the waiter *yes, while I was friggin eating* happened to be gay, lifted the blanket, saw what was going on, and squeeled like a little bitch because it was eeeewie! How unsanitary to do it at the table!

The meal was free and the manager waited on us himself the rest of the time.

Other than that, I've gotten sideways glances from women & children, and giggles from teenagers, but never anything honestly negative in public.

I can see the need to make ur stance clear, in an interview or not tho.

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