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Add another name to the breastfeeding-in-public-hater list: Kim Kardashian. Over the weekend, the reality-TV star tweeted that she was appalled recently when a woman started nursing her baby near the star in a restaurant and didn't hide her bare breast, CBS News reports.
"EWW Im at lunch, the woman at the table next 2 me is breastfeeding her baby w no coverup," Kardashian tweeted on Friday. The rest of Kardashian's message said that the mom then put her baby on the restaurant's table and changed her diaper. (OK, I have to agree with Kardashian on this one: Don't change a baby's diaper on a restaurant table while others are eating. That's gross.)
The next day, Kardashian took to Twitter again to clarify her statement about the restaurant episode. "Misunderstood tweet-The woman had her boob out at restraunt yest feeding then laid her on table and changed her w the food there. Unsanitary," she wrote.
Kardashian then added in a third Twitter posting: "My sister breast feeds! Its a natural beautiful thing, there's nothing wrong w it, but she covers herself, not w her boobs exposed." The rest of her message said everyone was complaining about the dirty diaper change at the table with food around.
Meanwhile on Sunday's episode of her sisters' show, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, sister Kourtney openly pumped breast milk in one scene. According to US Weekly, Khloe jokes that Kourtney "whips out her boobs" all the time and has even "tasted her own breast milk."
Kim Kardashian is not the first (nor the last) celebrity or company to cause a stir with anti-breastfeeding comments. Clothing company Paul Frank apologized earlier this year after an employee criticized a customer via Twitter for nursing inside its Los Angeles store. And don't forget the case of Facebook taking down certain photos of breastfeeding women from users' profiles because of "nudity rules."
Breastfeeding is so natural—women have been doing it for millions of years. If you're having a hard time, never feel like you're "the only one." We show you how to get the nursing thing down with our step-by-step tips (plus photos!). Also, browse through our Adventures in Breastfeeding stories, which explore the different challenges most new moms face.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.