Adele blasts people who are pressuring mothers to breastfeed and said formula milk is okay if women cannot breastfeed for so long. While she did not name anyone or any particular campaign, many think she slammed famous chef Jamie Oliver because he was recently vocal about the wonders of breastfeeding and why it’s important to get women to breastfeed.
During her recent show at London’s O2 Arena, a fan asked Adele bout breastfeeding, not expecting her to go onto a full-blown rant against those who pressure women to breastfeed, as reported by Today. “You know what? The pressure on us is f—ing ridiculous!” Adele said. “And all those people who put pressure on us: You can go f— yourselves, all right?”
The singer said that not all mothers can breastfeed for so long. She admitted she only managed to do it for nine weeks, but she should not be criticized. “It’s hard,” she said. “Some of us can’t do it! I managed about nine weeks with my boobs.”
She also revealed that she personally wanted to breastfeed, but she had to accept the fact that her breasts cannot keep up with the job. Adele said women should not feel sorry for what they cannot do. “I mean, I was loving it — all I wanted to do was breastfeed my kid,” she said.
“And then I couldn’t, and then I felt like, ‘If I was in the jungle formula now — back in the day — my kid would be dead because my milk’s gone.” she said. “Breast-feed if you can, but don’t worry, [formula] is just as good,” she said.
The response was a timely one after Jamie Oliver said in LBC Radio that more women should breastfeed. He said, “It’s easy, it’s more convenient, it’s more nutritious, it’s better [and] it’s free.” Oliver’s comment faced intense backlash. One of the moms even called Iain Dale’s show to show her protest. She said, “We didn’t know what to do with our nipples until Jamie Oliver popped his head above the parapet!”
For his part, Oliver said he was not campaigning on women to breastfeed.