During a recent show last week in London, Adele took a few minutes to chat about a few important topics like Mariah Carey, wearing her own merchandise with her face on it, and breastfeeding – you know, the typical concert banter.
Her breastfeeding comments were in response to one fan’s question during the show, as well as to address comments made by Jamie Oliver, star of The Naked Chef and author of Everyday Super Food about how easy it was to breastfeed. During a recent radio interview in the U.K., Oliver made the offensive remarks. “We have the worst breastfeeding in the world,” he said. “If you breastfeed for more than six months, women are 50% less likely to get breast cancer. When do you ever hear that? Never. It’s easy, it’s more convenient, it’s more nutritious, it’s better, it’s free.”
The comments sparked an outrage on social media against Oliver, to which he responded on Twitter that he understood that breastfeeding was not easy, but that his comments were not meant to knock down those who did not or could not breastfeed, but rather to support those who chose to in an effort to encourage childhood nutrition. “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.”
Adele’s son Angelo is now three-years-old. The grammy award winning star had some trouble nursing him and was unable to continue for as long as she wanted. She delivered her message to the breastfeeding shamers in her classic, no non-sense, humorous way telling the crowd, “Do you know what? The pressure on us is f- – – ing ridiculous and all those people who put pressure on us can go f–k yourselves, alright?” she crowed. “Because it’s hard. Some of us can’t do it! I managed about nine weeks with my boobs. Breastfeed if you can, but don’t worry, [formula] Aptamil’s just as good. I mean, I loved it, all I wanted to do was breastfeed and then I couldn’t, and then I felt like, if I was in the jungle now back in the day, my kid would be dead because my milk’s gone.”
Good for you Adele. The pressure to be the perfect mother is just too much. Let’s cut each other some slack and do what we can and what’s best for our family, support each other and build each other up!