Celebrities often share with their fans so many different facets of their lives including their lives as moms. These mamas are utilizing the power of all media outlets, including social media, to depict how breastfeeding is a normal part of a new mother’s life. We compile 15 of the most memorable moments which also got the most attention. Although these images may be an idealized vision of motherhood (as anyone who has fed a crying newborn at 2am will know) they can’t help but inspire. Because let’s be honest, although breastfeeding is a wonderful way to bond with, and nurture your child, it is still difficult, and, dare we say it, even tedious at times, which is why a touch of glamour is welcome!
Not only has Chrissy posted multiple photos of herself proudly breastfeeding now 1-year-old daughter Luna Simone, the model has also shared her personal challenges with nursing. “I just think it’s so funny. Sometimes I’m Googling how to do it better,” she shared with People magazine back in 2016. “I’m like, ‘Is it working? Is it taking? I don’t think I’m feeling enough pain!’ You just get so confused about how it’s supposed to feel, and as hard as anyone said it was, I feel like it somehow managed to be harder.” Chrissy even appeared in Fergie‘s sexy “M.I.L.F.$.” music video shortly after giving birth, where she’s breastfeeding her daughter like no big deal!
This gorgeous photo was taken by Orlando Bloom of Miranda nursing her baby boy Flynn during a Victoria’s Secret shoot. She noted, “I just loved breastfeeding. It was something that came very easily to me and it helped speed up my metabolism,” she continues. “I nursed for a year and a half, and I pumped when I was at work.”
This beautiful photograph of Angelina Jolie was taken by then-husband Brad Pitt as she breastfed one of her twins. It graced the cover of renowned American style magazine W, adding her megawatt star power to the cause. In an interview on GMTV, she was honest about her struggles with breastfeeding her twins, Knox and Vivienne. “You think, ‘Ah, if anybody can do that, I can do that (breastfeed twins simultaneously),’” she noted. “But it’s a lot harder than it looks in the books. I did that a few times, but (mostly) I would take turns. It just takes a long time.” Despite attempting the “football hold” she had read about in manuals, she said she stopped breastfeeding them at three months, revealing it was “about as much as I could do”.
In the image below, Singer Pink breastfeeds her son on a hike. The singer has posted multiple breastfeeding selfies of her with both her children. “I think breastfeeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby so I can give a… what somebody else thinks,” she’s said.
Natalia Vodianova’s black and white portrait by her friend, the renowned photographer Paolo Roversi, could have come straight from the pages of a high-fashion magazine. This was the first photo of her son, Maxim, who was born in early May, 2014. Unsurprisingly, it is a beautiful moment between mother and baby.
Gwen Stefani was still breastfeeding son, Kingston, when she went on tour in 2007. She told The Guardian, “I don’t know when I’m going to stop breastfeeding… I’ll just keep going while I can — like, he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!” In 2014, she posted a beautiful Instagram photo of herself feeding her son Apollo in Switzerland.
Former Victoria’s Secret supermodel Doutzen Kroes is gradually becoming a celebrity spokesmodel for breastfeeding. She has posted photos of her nursing her babies on social media multiple times and posed with her gorgeous family of four for Vogue Netherlands’ special March 2015 issue breastfeeding her baby girl, Myllena.
Doesn’t get more glamorous than this shot of Giselle nursing her baby while getting ready for a shoot! A breastfeeding advocate, she captioned this iconic photo on Instagram, “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready.”
Candice said it best: “Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv…why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? Breastfeeding is not sexual, it’s natural.”
“Perfect happiness @latitudefest This is what my body is made for. And the rest is my choice,” Thandie Newton proudly posted on Instagram in 2016.
Olivia Wilde shown breastfeeding her daughter Daisy in an issue of what else but Glamour Magazine. She noted, “Shooting a cover shoot for a magazine is work, and during that day my son had to eat, and so I had to feed him,” she said at the time.
Salma Hayek, as seen below, breastfed a newborn baby boy in Africa whose mother had no milk in 2009. Hayek was weaning her own daughter, Valentina, at the time, but still had milk to donate. A bold move on her part to help the #NormalizeIt cause.
Alyssa Milano frequently shares snaps of her breastfeeding her kids, Milo and Elizabella - she even breastfed live on Periscope. She actively fights for women’s right to breastfeed in public.
While hosting the CMT awards in 2013, Kristen Bell shared a behind-the-scenes look at her pumping routine. When people criticized her, she had the perfect response. “They’re just boobs!” she says. “Calm down. They’re under our shirt whether you’re looking at them or not.”
- NICOLE TRUFINO
Model Nicole Trunfio is on a mission to #normalizebreastfeeding. She and her baby Zion made a huge splash when they graced the cover of ELLE Australia's June issue together. She noted, “You know, everyone has their own opinions about it. Some think that it's a private moment that you should share only with your child. Some think it's a cultural thing. But I think mainly, it's the sexual side of it. A woman's body is so sexualized. So a woman can be in lingerie on a billboard with her breasts protruding out of bra, but a mother who's fully clothed and being discreet can't breastfeed her child?” Amen, sister!
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