Mayim Bialik on Breastfeeding in Public: It's Intimate, But Not Sexual

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Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 03:24 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Mayim Bialik, star of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and infamous attachment parenting advocate, spoke out last week about breastfeeding in public and America's "very, very bizarre relationship with breasts."

Bialik, a 38-year-old mother of two, has faced backlash online for years over her views on how to raise her kids — especially after she posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her then-3-year-old son on a New York City subway car online in 2011.

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In an interview with Huffington Post Live on Friday, Bialik adamantly insisted that "breastfeeding is not a sexual act."

"I don't believe you need to cover up a baby eating anymore than you need to cover a baby drinking a bottle," she said. "It's an intimate act, and that makes some people uncomfortable, but it's completely normal to have all of the human hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child."

According to WebMD.com, attachment parenting is a style of parenting that is said to foster a close emotional bond between a child and a caregiver. Different techniques include skin-to-skin contact through "baby-wearing" (carrying your baby in a sling across your body rather than in a stroller), prolonged breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and co-bathing, among others.

Bialik has spoken out before about the scrutiny she receives for her parenting beliefs.

"If I'm talking to girlfriends, if I'm talking to random people, and we're talking about parenting, I tell them what works for me and why. But a lot of people want to ask me things so that they can fight with me," the actress told Yahoo OMG back in June. "And just because I'm a public person, who happened to have breastfed and slept with her kids, that doesn't mean that I want to fight with you on the street or in the supermarket. So, I think you have to be really careful to understand why people want to know what they want to know."

Bialik, who holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience from UCLA, rose to fame in the '80s and '90s, most notably as the title character in the sitcom "Blossom."

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