‘There’s so much sexualisation around women with big boobs’: Ashley James says she’s ‘anxious’ about breastfeeding because she is ‘judged’ for her chest
Ashley James has admitted she is anxious about breastfeeding her baby because of the judgement she receives over her big boobs.
The reality star turned DJ is expecting her first child early next year, but in one of her regular lengthy Instagram posts about pregnancy, she admitted she’s getting increasingly anxious about feeding her newborn son.
Sharing a bikini photo of herself the pregnant star explained she’s always felt her large breasts have been sexualised, leading her to research breast reduction surgery at the age of just 15.
Struggles: Ashley James has admitted she is anxious about breastfeeding her baby because of the judgement she receives over her big boobs
Speaking about her experiences over the years, Ashley wrote: There’s such sexualisation and judgement around women (and more importantly GIRLS) with big boobs. I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently as my already big boobs continue to grow as my body prepares to breast feed.’
She continued: ‘I know that breastfeeding women already find the sexualisation and judgement of their boobs difficult when it comes to breastfeeding in public (@lucymeck1 did a brilliant post on it recently).’
‘So how is it for the ‘big ti**y committee’, most of us who grew up up feeling shame because of the sexualisation and judgement of boobs we’ve experienced since we first grew them as underage CHILDREN?’
‘Whether it’s men staring at our chest instead of our eyes, the unsolicited comments, usually followed by “well if you don’t want the attention don’t get them out”, as if we can make them magically disappear.’
Rant: The star is expecting her first child early next year, but in a lengthy post to Instagram on Monday, she admitted she’s getting increasingly anxious about feeding her newborn son
‘Teachers telling us off for attention seeking when we’d scream because the boys would undo our bra strap through our shirt (it’s called harassment, not attention seeking).’
Ashley added that she’s even felt judgement from other women, ‘staring and gossiping, calling us T*ts McGhee or asking us who were trying to impress on a night out because we’ve got the “girls out”‘
‘It’s a vest top, and I spent about two hours deciding whether to look like an 18th century nun or face the stares and comments all night if I dressed in something that made me feel good.’
Trauma: Speaking about her experiences over the years, Ashley wrote: There’s such sexualisation and judgement around women (and more importantly GIRLS) with big boobs’
Anxiety: Ashley also added an upate on her pregnancy on her Instagram Stories, admitting she thought she had ‘pregnancy depression’ before enjoying a babymoon in Cyprus
‘Or the judgement we put on ourselves… The agony of shopping and finding nothing to wear, or finding something we feel good in but knowing in wearing it we’ll have to face the stares or people will make presumptions about our promiscuity or intellect.’
Ashley went on to admit that she went for a consultation to get a breast reduction when she was just 15, explaining: ‘I was a child but wanted them off my chest so I could get more respect from adults, and not have the attention from boys, or the comments from girls that I clearly loved the attention.’
She ended her Insta rant by admitting: ‘So I’m anxious about breastfeeding. Because, let’s be honest once you’re above a D cup your boobs seem to be slightly more ‘inappropriate’ – both men and women will stare, comment, and judge even if you’re in a vest top. So do any big boobed ladies or breastfeeding mamma’s (no matter what your boob size) have any advice?’
Holiday: Ashley shared a bikini snap from her babymoon on Sunday as she relaxed in Cyprus in a black bikini
Me time: The blonde beauty posed poolside in a black bikini that showed off her blossoming baby bump during her trip with beau of Tom Andrews
Ashley also added an upate on her pregnancy on her Instagram Stories, admitting she thought she had ‘pregnancy depression’ before enjoying a babymoon in Cyprus with boyfriend Tom Andrews.
‘Before Tommy booked this babymoon I genuinely thought I might have had pregnancy depression, but I think I just needed to switch off and have a break!’
‘I think I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself with work… Setting so many goals and targets which is great, but then I’m juggling that with pregnancy tiredness etc.
The star – who is half way through her pregnancy – is having a baby boy with her boyfriend of nine-months Tom Andrews.
Exciting news: Ashley is expecting her first child with her partner of nine months
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