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14 celebrity moms who breast-feed in public
Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breast-feed their babies while out and about!
Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in public — or on the cover of a magazine for that matter! And we’re so glad that celebrity moms such as Gwen Stefani, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kourtney Kardashian are on board.
Kourtney Kardashian: Reality star Kourtney Kardashian was seen breast-feeding her daughter Penelope in Miami, Florida. After taking a dip in the pool with her kids, Kourtney was later seen breast-feeding her then-12-month-old baby girl. Kourtney has been outspoken about her love for breastfeeding. When her sister, Kim Kardashian, was pregnant, Kim recalled a conversation she had with Kourtney about the possibility of wet nursing.
Gwen Stefani: No doubt about it, Gwen Stefani loves being a mama. The Just a Girl singer, 44, recently shared an image via Instagram, breast-feeding her 5-month-old son, Apollo, during their family vacation. “#Switzerland,” the mom of three captioned the precious pic. The rock star mama was also seen sharing a tender moment with her then-3-month-old son, Zuma, on a park bench in Los Angeles. A few months later, the mom of two talked about how Zuma self-weaned during No Doubt’s reunion tour. “I didn’t want him to [quit],” Gwen said. “It felt like a total rejection. It was really hormonal, and trying to stop in the middle of tour was insane.”
Natalia Vodianova: Joining in on the trend, Russian model Natalia Vodianova shared the first photo of her son, Maxim, who was born in early May, via Instagram. In the shot, the naked model mom is seen breast-feeding her newborn.
Pink: Pink has been open about her attachment parenting philosophy. Tweeting her response to this year’s controversial Time magazine cover on extended breast-feeding, she wrote: “I felt that the article in Time on attachment parenting was unfortunately a tad extreme. I support attachment parenting 100 percent … and have a very happy and healthy little girl to show for it. It’s time we support what’s healthy [breast feeding] instead of judge it.”
Alicia Silverstone: Eco-friendly mama Alicia Silverstone was seen nursing her son, Bear Blu, then 10 months, in March 2012. While carrying her son in a baby carrier, the actress was also breast-feeding her boy. Since welcoming her firstborn child with husband Christopher Jarecki, Alicia has written about nourishing her son on her blog, The Kind Life. The "Clueless" star admitted breast-feeding can be painful at first, but the outcome can result in “insane feelings of ecstasy.”
Jaime King: After struggling with infertility and numerous miscarriages, actress Jaime King proudly shared a photo breast-feeding her son, James. “Breastfeeding should not be taboo -- and bottle feeding should not be judged -- it’s ALL fun for the whole family,” she captioned the Instagram shot.
Maggie Gyllenhaal: When her daughter, Ramona, was 7 months old, Maggie Gyllenhaal was caught by the paparazzi breast-feeding in a New York City park. At the time, the Internet was abuzz with controversy over the intimate shots. Some said the paparazzi were too intrusive, while others felt that Maggie didn’t seem fazed at all – regardless of who saw her – as she breast-fed her baby in public.
Julie Bowen: "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen made an appearance on "Lopez Tonight" in 2010, where she shared a picture and talked to George Lopez about nursing her then-1-year-old twin boys, John and Gus: “It’s like two little liposuction machines on you,” she said. “They suck the fat out of you. They call it the ‘double football hold.’ You hold one here, and here [gesturing to her breasts], like two footballs. … They’re doing God’s work right there, helping me return to my birth weight.”
Miranda Kerr: Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr and her estranged husband, Orlando Bloom, welcomed their first child in January 2011. The model mom tweeted a gorgeous photo of her and baby Flynn, then 3 months. “Another day in the office,” the new mom wrote, sharing a photo of herself in full hair and make-up at a photo shoot breast-feeding her adorable babe.
Angelina Jolie: W magazine’s November 2008 issue celebrated art — namely Brad Pitt’s photographs of his gorgeous family. His black-and-white shot of Angelina Jolie feeding one of their then-3-month-old twins, Knox or Vivienne, with the babies' tiny fingers graced the cover of W. The serene, natural and relaxed shot only reaffirmed Angelina’s breathtaking beauty.
Salma Hayek: On a goodwill trip to Sierra Leone in 2009, Salma Hayek famously breast-fed a week-old infant whose mother was too malnourished to produce milk herself. The actress recalled the wet nurse experience: “The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother didn’t have milk. He was very hungry. I was weaning Valentina [then 2 years old], but I still had a lot of milk that I was pumping, so I breast-fed the baby,” she says, her voice dropping. “You should have seen his eyes. When he felt the nourishment, he immediately stopped crying.”
Keely Shaye Smith: "James Bond" star Pierce Brosnan and his wife, former journalist Keely Shaye Smith, famously graced the December 1997 issue of Redbook with their then-11-month-old son, Dylan. Because it was a fairly revolutionary cover, editor-in-chief Kate White explained that the magazine produced two covers – one being “more traditional” – for the first time in its history because it didn’t want “to force the image on anyone.” Meanwhile, some convenience-store-chain owners said that if customers complained, they reserved the right to move the cover behind the counter along with risqué men’s magazines like Playboy and Penthouse.
Lucy Lawless: "Xena: Warrior Princess" star Lucy Lawless shared an intimate shot with her then-3-month-old son, Judah, to promote World Breast Feeding Week in 2002, which featured her quote, “Breast-feeding — my best role ever.”
Mayim Bialik: "Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik, who also holds a PhD in neuroscience, shared an image breast-feeding her 3-year-old son, Fred, on a New York City subway. The attachment parenting advocate wrote a thoughtful piece to accompany the intimate shot: “I have written about my now 3-year-old son Fred, and his nursing rhythms before,” Mayim wrote. “To recap: Fred nursed for a solid 12 months with no supplements, no solid foods, and not even a sip of water. He got the hang of eating solids around 18 months, but continued to nurse all day (with bottles of pumped breastmilk when I was at work), and on demand all night. A typical night involved no less than four wake-ups and sometimes six (every 2 hours on the clock for 12 hours of bed time was not unusual). This went on for almost 3 years.”