The actress is the most recent celeb mum to share an intimate breastfeeding photo – and has received mixed responses
Jamie King showed her support for breastfeeding on Sunday when she uploaded a photo of her breastfeeding her son James with the caption, ‘Breastfeeding should not be taboo.’
And now the first-time mum has opened up about why she shared the intimate photo – which has received almost 20,000 likes – with the world.
‘I feel like now that I’m a mother, I realise that there’s a huge schism out there,’ Jamie told People magazine. ‘That women feel judged because of what they choose to do and how they choose to feed their child.
'Women feel judged because of what they choose to do and how they choose to feed their child.'
‘Why should we hide it?’ she added.
‘I think it's ridiculous that it's OK to walk around with pasties or no clothes on, and that's fashionable and cool, but it's not OK to feed your child?,’ said Jamie. ‘Rihanna looked so epically stunning at the CFDAs the other night when I was there, and she was completely nude. And she looked beautiful. So why is there a problem for a woman to be nude nourishing her child?
‘We all eat in public. I don't see why it should be frowned upon. Nothing about the way a mother feeds her baby should be frowned upon.’
But Jamie, who’s son James Knight is now eight months old, doesn’t believe all women should have to breastfeed.
‘I also wanted to share the idea that it doesn’t matter whether you breastfeed or formula feed – as long as you are loving and caring for your child, that’s all that matters,’ says Jamie.
The Hart of Dixie actress also opened up about the messages of support she’s received. ‘The responses from mothers were so grateful, because there have been people out in the media being very judgmental, saying women have to breastfeed or have to do this or have to do that,’ says Jamie. ‘I think that it's really unfair for anybody in the spotlight – any sort of celebrity who has a very privileged life – to go out there and tell mothers what to do when they don't understand their socioeconomic circumstances, when they don't understand their health circumstances, when they don't understand what their life is about.’
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