Adele Responds to Critics Who Pressure Women to Breastfeed
"It's hard. Some of us can't do it."
Donald Trump isn't the only man with strong feelings about breastfeeding. While the Republican presidential frontrunner reportedly once called a woman "disgusting" for talking about breastfeeding in his presence, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently made headlines in the U.K. for faulting the country's population for not breastfeeding more. One person who isn't having any of the breastfeeding mansplaining, however, is Adele.
"Any breastfeeding mummies?" she asked the crowd at a recent concert in London's O2 Arena. "All these people who put pressure on us, you can go f— yourselves. It's hard. Some of us can't do it — I managed about nine weeks with my boobs, and I trip over them."
While she was laughing about it, Adele made it clear she was genuinely irked by the public pressure to breastfeed her son. "All I wanted to do was breastfeed my kid and then I couldn’t and I felt like, 'If I was in the jungle now back in the day, my kid would be dead because my milk’s gone.' Imagine how that makes me feel. It's not funny."
Following the backlash (and prior to Adele's take on the subject), Oliver clarified his position on breastfeeding in a lengthy tweet, explaining, "I understand that breastfeeding is not easy and in some cases not even possible but just wanted to support women who DO want to breastfeed and make it easier to do so. I'm not planning to start a campaign around breastfeeding."
Watch Adele talk breastfeeding — and about how much she adores Mariah Carey — in the fan-filmed video below.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.