Breastfeeding advocates are
putting pressure on encouraging Kate Middleton to breastfeed the little Royal on the way to promote the practice among moms. All know that celebrities and people in the public light have tremendous influence on the general public.
In response to statistics which show that about 5,700 fewer women breastfed their babies in the UK in 2012-13 compared to the year before, British TV personality Beverley Turner wrote a strongly-worded opinion piece in The Telegraph stating: “We need women with power and influence to get their milky bosoms out and feed smiling in paparazzi pictures.”
She added, “as if there wasn’t enough pressure on her already, what we really need is The Duchess of Cambridge to get her Royal orbs out to feed our future monarch. And to be applauded – not seethed at – for doing so.”
She wouldn’t be the first celebrity to promote breastfeeding either willingly or subconsciously. Not everyone can look as sexy as model Miranda Kerr did when this tweeted a photo of herself breastfeeding her daughter in between costume changes during a photo shoot. She even posted a more intimate image on her personal website.
Last January, Babble did a post featuring over 10 celebrity women who were caught breastfeeding their babies in public, some by paparazzi, including Gwen Stefani, Maggie Gyenhall, Angelina Jolie and Xena the Warrior Princess actress Lucy Lawless who was photographed (above) for World Breastfeeding Week in 2002.
Singer P!nk shared a photo of herself breastfeeding via her Instagram account. And although no images have been seen publicly, onlookers spotted Beyonce nursing Baby Blue in NYC.
What do you think? Should Kate Middleton succumb to Turner’s suggestion to promote nursing among new mothers or is she pressured enough and shouldn’t bow to share something she may not be comfortable doing?