John Legend says there should be no stigma around breastfeeding, after he and wife Chrissy Teigen received negative comments on social media for pictures of her breastfeeding.
In an interview with Dan Wootton, the singer called breastfeeding “a beautiful thing” and said “women should have the freedom to do what they need to do”.
Legend, 39, and Teigen, 32, are known for their social media personas, in which they share snaps from their family life and often post pictures of their children, Luna, two, and Miles, three months.
Back in July, Legend posted an image of Teigen pumping milk from both breasts, writing: “I know it's Father's Day and all but my wife is pretty awesome. She's taking me to dinner but still on mommy duty.”
'There should be no public shaming'
While many comments were positive, some weren’t: “...why does people have to put it all out there to make a point. Keep the breasts private - the world doesn’t need to see them. I breast fed both my kids, but in modesty. This doesn’t exist anymore,” read one.
“You guys are known for opening up about your family on social media and sharing things,” said Wootton.
“This one really shocked me actually, I couldn’t understand why it spark any outrage, but there was a picture posted of Chrissy pumping from both breasts and you ended up having to defend her because there was some kind of backlash on social media?”
“Chrissy has been trying to destigmatise breastfeeding, and other moms have been doing the same thing, because it’s not something they should be ashamed of, it’s natural, it’s vital for the kid.
“There shouldn’t be any public shaming of it, and I think Chrissy was making that point, and I was happy to support her making that point.”
He added: “It’s not obscene, it’s not overtly sexual, it’s a natural thing you’re doing to feed your child. It’s a beautiful thing.”
“I agree, I think people who get het up about it need to take a good look at themselves,” said Wootton.
“Yeah I think, you’re limiting women’s freedom because you’re making them hide in the corner to do something that’s natural and part of their daily lives as mothers.
“Women should have the freedom to do what they need to do,” Legend responded.