NEW YORK, NY, June 9, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a statement during an appearance on ABC’s the view, outspoken lesbian Rosie O’Donnell confessed that she had ordered her lesbian partner to stop breastfeeding her child because of her jealousy.
The topic came up when the moderator Meredith Vieira mentioned the recent New York protest—or “nurse-in”—which involved 200 women breastfeeding outside of ABC’s headquarters in protest against negative remarks Barbara Walters had made about breastfeeding.
“Kelly [Rosie’s partner] only nursed for like about a month,” said Rosie at the time, “and then I was very angry, because as the other mommy…with the other babies nobody nursed because they were adopted. But with this baby it was like she was the only one getting to bond. So I was like the nursing is over! I cut her off. I’m like, you’ve had your limit honey. No more!”
One of Rosie’s fellow panel members interjected at this point, saying “But you know that’s an interesting conversation because in a certain way you’re doing a disservice to the baby aren’t you when you act like that?
“No, because I got to bond and cuddle,” said Rosie. She then turned on the nursing mothers who had taken part in the protest, saying “Those women who were out there protesting while they were nursing, they just have a lot of hormones.”
The controversial remarks caused a flurry of responses on Rosie O’Donnell’s personal blog, and many other related blogs across the internet, with the majority of her fans expressing shock and outrage at Rosie’s professed behaviour.
User “JenS” gave a typical fan response saying “How entirly [sic] selfish to ask your partner stop breastfeeding. Are you really that insecure to be threatened by the bonding? Men can handle thier [sic] partners breastfeeding, why can’t you? If you need more time to cuddle with your child, cut down on your work time.”
Another fan, who called herself Mamadoctor, protested “Rosie! Did you actually say you made your wife stop breastfeeding? Because you were envious? That breaks my heart. I’m a general surgery resident, with a strong interest in breast cancer, and the literature is just so overwhelming that breastfeeding protects women from breast cancer. For the babies, not breastfeeding increases risk of cancer, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, infection, and *death*!”
It is becoming an increasingly accepted scientific fact that breastfeeding greatly reduces the chances of breast-cancer for both the mother and the child, as well as having innumerable other advantages for the health of the baby.
A video clip of O’Donnell making the comments is available from Stephen Bennett’s blog here: