Kim Kardashian just did a complete 180 on breastfeeding
We've all had to eat a little crow before, especially when it comes to matters of motherhood, and now it looks like it's Kim Kardashian's turn — the reality star recently did a complete 180 on the subject of breastfeeding in public.
You may recall that way back in 2010, before the reality TV star even had motherhood on her mind, the sight of a stray boob in a restaurant drew her ire on Twitter:
Now, though, she's got a brand-new outlook, the kind only years of experience and countless feedings can provide. And she's definitely heavy into those feedings with her second child, 1-month-old Saint, whose appetite has been keeping her up late at night:
Kardashian says now that it's this combination of time and first-hand experience that's given her a new perspective on breastfeeding, including the kind you do in restaurants. Her new take is measured, thoughtful and speaks to the maturation process that most parents experience at one point or another:
"I know some people find breastfeeding such a private, personal experience, while other people are very open and even breastfeed in public. Now that I'm a mom, I say whatever makes you comfortable goes. I still personally wouldn't breastfeed at a restaurant with a bunch of people I didn't know staring at me. I've seen this before and remember tweeting how shocked I was. Now that I'm a mom, I'm not that shocked, especially if you have a few kids and can't leave to breastfeed one kid in the bathroom while leaving the others at the table."
Hear, hear. It's never easy to admit that you said or did something in the past that doesn't mesh with your current values. It's a rare mother who didn't say some truly awful, cringe-y things about parenting back before they were in the thick of it. When you don't have a kid, it's easy to sit on the sidelines and launch into (or tweet) sanctimonious screeds that begin with "I would never..." or "Moms should always..." or even "EWW."
Armchair parenting — like any hypothetical form of expertise — is never wise, because, as most moms will tell you, it's easy to be a perfect parent as long as you aren't actually a parent yet. Fortunately for most of us, we insert our foots into our mouths in private conversations or small-time social media rants. If you do have to eat that big piece of humble pie, it will at least be a relatively private experience.
Kardashian, on the other hand, has her opinions — even the pre-babies, misguided ones — on display for literally millions of people to see, and that's her choice. But good for her for being equally candid when it came to her retraction. She could have easily let it slide.
It's a good lesson for all of us, celebrity moms and normals alike: Try to not freak out about things you don't understand, and if you do (because we all will anyway), at least have the good grace to admit you can see the other side of things, and try to do better next time.
Still, I think we can all agree that changing a dirty diaper on a restaurant table is pretty gnarly. You don't have to be a seasoned mom to know that.