Candice Swanepoel Defends Breastfeeding in Public: It’s ‘Not Sexual’
Candice Swanepoel wants to know why you’re offended by her boobs only when she’s breastfeeding her child.
The supermodel, who has previously appeared topless in numerous fashion campaigns and shoots, recently wrote a lengthy note about the stigma around breastfeeding in public. Questioning why people aren’t offended by her naked ads but are always about her breastfeeding, Swanepoel argued that “the world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast.”
“Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children,” she wrote alongside a photo of her feeding her newborn son, Anacã. “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..?”
“Breastfeeding is not sexual it’s natural,” she continued. “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 intern [sic] on society as a whole.”
Swanepoel now joins celebrity moms like Olivia Wilde and Pink who’ve spoken out about the need to normalize public breastfeeding. In July, Mila Kunis, who welcomed her second child this year, told Vanity Fair that she’s gotten dirty looks for breastfeeding her child while out in public.
“There were many times where I didn’t bring a cover with me, and so I just did it in a restaurant, in the subway, in the park, at airports, and in planes. Why did I do it in public? Because I had to feed my child. She’s hungry. I need to feed her whether it’s out of a bottle or out of my boob no matter where I was,” she said. “It took us a little back because people actually looked at us in a shameful [way], and we were like, ‘Oh my God,’ because it’s so not a sexual act.”
She added, “In the States and in our culture, we sexualize the breast so much that there’s an aspect of it that people just don’t know how to wrap their head around the idea of showing your breast in public. But I respect the opinions on both sides. If it’s not for you, don’t look.”