Kelly Killoren Bensimon Tried to Squeeze into an Airplane Bathroom to Nurse: ‘I Didn’t Want People to See Me Breastfeeding’

06/10/2016 at 04:30 PM ET

A breastfeeding mom’s gotta do what a breastfeeding mom’s gotta do.

In the newest installment of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, four celebrity moms discuss many of the challenges that come along with breastfeeding — including nursing in public.

“It’s not embarrassment, but just when you’re breastfeeding and lactating, people are just kind of like … ” says former Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Killoren Bensimon, 48, before miming a disapproving look to prove her point.

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The mom of two — daughters Sea Louise and Thaddeus Ann, who are both in their teens now — then describes how she even had issues when trying to breastfeed more privately.

“I didn’t want people to see me breastfeeding,” Killoren Bensimon explains about why she once tried nursing in an airplane bathroom.

She adds, “Now, people are more open about it, but 18 years ago, people were not really eager about seeing [other] people breastfeed.”

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Breastfeeding struggles are more than familiar to YouTuber Mindy McKnight, who has six children — the oldest two being twins.

” ‘You just [prop] the baby up, and the baby just feeds!’ ” McKnight, 37, says of what she heard about how easy breastfeeding was supposed to be.

“It was not natural for me,” she adds. “It was a process for me to learn how to nurse my child.”

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Debbe on

Breastfeeding is very physically personal. Sure the baby must eat but being discreet is best. I had so much trouble breastfeeding in private and getting my baby to eat, that if had been in public would have been too much a distraction for mom and baby. I support modesty and being private with this. It doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. Just a personal thing.

Someone on

Aaandd the “Most Redundant Topic of the Year” Award goes to: Breastfeeding Moms! Congratulations for dancing on everyone’s nerves with your constant whining!

Carina on

Perhaps it wouldn’t be so redundant if the majority of the public would stop being so narcissistic about their opinions and just avert their faces away from any breatstfeeding women. It’s that simple. Don’t like? Don’t look!! Ever heard of manners?

Dragonsheart on

Someone, anyone REALLY needs to let KKB, her handlers/keepers know that the public is without question in no need of further examples of who, what she is about, validates, condones or…’thinks’ (biting my tongue on that one) and the reaction remains the same. WE COULD CARE LESS!

boom-chikka on

Hey, in the olden days women put a soft blanket over the baby while the baby breast fed. No. Drama! No problem.
Regarding the second video about spanking kids. When I was 4 or 5 I made a decision to have a tantrum like I’d seen another little girl do. I started banging my head on the floor. My mother got down and helped me. Yikes! No more tantrums.

heather on

Oh fascinating, a 15 year old story told to try to insert oneself into a topic that’s already overdone on this website. Please, tell me more!

saphie70 on

who cares? She’s 48 years old, get over yourself