Shanna Moakler isn’t the first mother to encounter a sexualizing hurdle when contemplating whether to breastfeed. The mother of three and ex-wife to Travis Barker says that she opted out because she found it to be “gross.” Free to be you and me and all that but calling herself “selfish” for her decision certainly isn’t necessary.
TMZ seemingly accosted Shanna in an underground parking garage, hurling breastfeeding facts at her as they swarmed her with cameras. But where most of my Mommyish co-workers would have been flipping the bird, Shanna actually participated, admitting that she didn’t breastfeed:
“I just look at my breasts as like sexual, and I think it’s like incestual,” she said. “It’s gross. I don’t like it. I was selfish… I couldn’t do it,” she said. “But I totally support it. I think it’s awesome.”
Try as outlets currently are to frame this Shameful Formula Confession as a full on attack on breastfeeders, I don’t see any slings or arrows here. Just a mother who chose to feed her babies accordingly and then was asked by creepy dudes with cameras to speak about her experience. Sure, she found the practice to be “gross,”incestual,” and “couldn’t do it.” But she was using that language to talk about herself. Not you.
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