Mayim Bialik is known for drumming to her own beat. Perhaps the most extreme example of that is her parenting style.
But did that parenting style ultimately lead to the demise of her marriage?
Mayim Bialik And Breastfeeding
Recently Mayim Bialik posted a photo with a fan. The photo got quite a bit of attention, as it featured the fan breastfeeding her child. Mayim said, “met a fan at a rest stop in #Minnestora nursing her 3-month-old. I asked if I can post this and she said yes. Proud mama, she is!”
The photo and context bring back memories of another controversial photo. Mayim herself was photographed on the New York Subway nursing her then three-year-old son. Many criticized the star at the time for breastfeeding too late in life, finding it shocking that she would continue to do so, especially in public.
To those haters, Mayim said, “But that’s the way that mammals feed their babies, so I don’t know what the fuss is about… I think there’s a lot of standards of what we want women to do and what we don’t want them to do, and breastfeeding is a different way of presenting breasts – i.e., not sexually. There will always be people who don’t want to breastfeed and those who do. I’m a lactation education counselor as well, so I counsel women who need assistance, the way other women did for me.”
This wasn’t the only extreme opinion Mayim has on parenting. She also wrote a book Beyond the Sling, that detailed her personal choice to parent her children with an “attachment” style which involves co-sleeping and close contact.
Did It Lead To Divorce?
Ultimately many fans and critiques assumed that the actress’s eventual divorce was due to her extreme parenting choices. The divorce just happened to occur right as the book came out, and it seemed a bit too obvious.
However, Mayim has said, “relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.” But as she says now: “I was prepared for a strong reaction. But I’m very confident that the way we decided to raise our kids works for us… other people don’t have to agree with that.”
Do you think Mayim’s divorce was due to her extreme parenting choices?