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Alyssa Milano defends new breastfeeding photo

"I don't care," the actress said. "I'm going to keep breastfeeding."

By Annie Martin
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Alyssa Milano defends new breastfeeding photo
Alyssa Milano at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Get Hard' on March 25. The actress defended her recent breastfeeding photo in an interview published Tuesday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Alyssa Milano defended her new breastfeeding photo in an interview published Tuesday.

The 42-year-old actress spoke to Entertainment Tonight amid backlash over a picture she posted with 1-year-old daughter Elizabella on Instagram last week. Milano had celebrated the infant's first birthday by sharing a throwback breastfeeding photo.

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"I don't care," she said of the criticism. "I'm going to keep breastfeeding, maybe even until [Elizabella is] 6! ... Everyone's fine with [Miley Cyrus'] nipples being out. I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human."

Milano previously defended her right to breastfeed in public in December 2014. The actress and husband David Bugliari are also parents to 4-year-old son Milo, and Milano quit ABC series Mistresses ahead of season 3 to take care of her children.

Alyssa Milano faced backlash for posting a throwback breastfeeding photo with daughter Elizabella. Instagram/Alyssa Milano

Milano is known for portraying Samantha Micelli on ABC sitcom Who's the Boss, Jennifer Mancini on Fox soap opera Melrose Place and Phoebe Halliwell on The WB series Charmed. She last appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 in May.

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