Miki says she pumped milk from her breast every three hours and gave it away to people who wanted to try it.
"What the f*ck did I just read?" Same. A lactating woman decided to be of 'service' and gave away her breast milk to curious people at a music festival. Not just that, she also gave her milk away to the ones who were suffering from a bad hangover and to the folks who were looking to make some coffee and latte...weird flex but okay. And, this isn't 'some' woman, this is Miki Agarwal, the famous CEO of THINX, a company which makes women underwear, specifically built to be worn during the menstrual cycle. Miki says she tries to remove the stigma around breastfeeding and periods any chance she gets.
Miki shared pictures of herself at the famous BurningMan festival wearing a nursing bra with bottles attached to her nipples, adding that she pumped her milk every three hours to serve others. "I pumped my breasts every three hours at @burningmanand gave away most of my milk. Some people downed a whole four ounces hoping for a hangover cure. Some wanted it for their coffee to make lattes. So many were excited and curious to try it."
"I drank some too when I ran out of water, it tastes like sweet coconut milk! So many people told me that they had no idea that I had to keep pumping every three hours because they didn't know that breasts would become engorged and super painful if they were not pumped - nature's way of keeping mama and baby working together :-) It made me realize that most people (including me before I had Hiro) know very little about motherhood and birth and post birth and that this needs to be mandatory learning for all humans," she added.
While some people are absolutely weirded out by what she did and the pictures, a lot of women are praising Miki for her boldness. "I love this 😍🙏 Very, very important message and well written! Many moms are suffering because of this lack of knowledge. I supported my dear friend after the birth of her 3. baby last year! It was magic! She‘s 35 and has an 11 and 13year old. It was game on time," commented a woman. "The most epic thing I’ve seen in my life 🙏🏽" added another.
"Every human has been birthed and raised somehow and yet even the smartest people have no idea what this process looks like. Nobody learns how to become a parent, let alone a good one. Time to change this! Great parenting can change the world! More conversations about this soon!" Miki added. Such a feminist role model, isn't she? Well, there is way more than what meets the eye...
In 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Agarwal for sexual harassment by a former employee who mentioned in their lawsuit that Miki does a lot of offensive things at the workplace and would strip down in front of the employees. She was also accused of Facetiming people when using the washroom, fondling other women's breasts, talking about her sex life and ideas and body shaming the workers of the company.
Chelsea Leibow, the former head of public relations at Thinx, told New York Times that Agarwal was obsessed with her breasts and would touch them without her consent. “I didn’t say anything to her at the time,” Leibow said. “If you’ve ever been touched without your consent, you know it’s jarring. The whole atmosphere was one of ‘this is fine, this isn’t a big deal.’” She also added that Mika would “stew, treat you like shit, then pick a moment to blow up and tell you how ungrateful you are and how you should be thanking her for the opportunity, how dare you.”
Mika, however, denied all the claims. The 40-year-old still continues to post pictures of herself breastfeeding her kid on Instagram in order to 'Free the Nipple' and normalize breastfeeding.