You know what they say: Nothing can truly prepare you for parenthood. Well, the same rules apply when it comes to breastfeeding. But there is one thing you can do that will make that whole feeding-a-person-from-your-boob thing a heck of a lot easier the first time—actually seeing another mom breastfeed. In person.
"You know, I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human. It’s crazy.”
#JamesKnight is now 8 months old! These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)
"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep..." she captioned her photo. In 2010, the model was slammed for her comments on breastfeeding and mothers.
According to Today, Pink almost got into a fight over the remark someone made about her nursing. “I think breast-feeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby,” she explained.
“It should be a choice for everyone. I don’t like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty,” Olivia Wilde, mom to Otis and Daisy, explained to People.
“[Breastfeeding] is not easy — it’s messy. Like 90 percent of the time you are soaked in milk. It is a difficult thing. But it is, personally for me, a great experience.”
Victoria's Secret Candice Swanepoel posted in 2016: 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- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. 💪🏼💙 👫👭 #mothernature
To People, Alanis Morissette said: “We live in a very funny society, a society that on one hand says that we’re just a sexual object … and then when this other sort of otherworldly, biological wind-in-the-hair goddess power comes out in the form of feeding our children in a very beautiful, animal way, that can actually be more intimidating.”
"Breastfeeding is just obviously really convenient with my lifestyle. I don’t know when I’m going to stop [nursing]. I’ll just keep going while I can — he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!" she said in 2007 when nursing Kingston, according to People.
Molly Sims captioned a photo of her breastfeeding her third child, Grey: "BREASTFEEDING=JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE! 💙 "
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"The best thing that a woman can do to prepare for breastfeeding before the baby comes is to watch babies nurse," says International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Leigh Anne O'Connor. She recommends finding a breastfeeding support group in your area (La Leche League is a great resource) and watching a demonstration, but you could also spend an afternoon observing your bestie in action or even check out an instructional video on YouTube. No matter how you do it, just see how it's done, up close and personal.
Not only will watching other moms help make that first feed seem less daunting, but it will also hook you up with some handy experts that you can reach out to when it's your turn. Win-win.
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Celebrity Babies Born in 2016
Celebrity Babies Born in 2016
Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel's newborn son, Anacã, is just too cute for words!
Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcomed a baby girl, Dream, this past November.
Actress Olivia Wilde gave birth to her second child -- a girl! This cute kiddo's name is Daisy.
Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine welcomed their first child back in September. And just like other celeb parents, they chose an especially unique name -- Dusty Rose Levine.
Megan Fox gave birth to baby No. 3, Journey River, back in August with her husband Brian Austin Green.
After troubles with conceiving, "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Meghan King Edmonds welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world, Aspen.
Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell welcomed her bundle of joy, Hunter Zion, into the world in November.
"The Newsroom" actress Alison Pill revealed she had "so much to be thankful for" after giving birth to Wilder Grace Leonard in November.
Angela Simmons is a new momma to this adorable tyke, who she named Sutton. He was born back in October.
Kerry Washington gave birth to baby No. 2 back in October, but she has yet to share a photo with her bundle of joy. Here she is at the Met Gala back in May showing off her baby bump.
Actress Blake Lively is certainly the most glamorous pregnant women we've ever seen! The "Gossip Girl" star recently gave birth to her second daughter, she and husband Ryan Reynolds have yet to disclose the name.
Tatyana Ali welcomed son Edward Aszard back in September. By the looks of this photo, the "Fresh Prince" actress is totally lovin' motherhood!
It was love at first sight for "Mean Girls" star Lacey Chabert and her sweet baby girl Julia Mimi Bella.
Former Playboy Playmate Holly Madison gave birth to a cute baby boy named Forest Leonard back in August.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed baby No. 2 -- a boy -- in early December. The couple has remained tight-lipped about their bundle of joy's name.
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling kept news of baby No. 2 under wraps for nearly the entire pregnancy. Three weeks after the news broke, the actress gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Amada Lee.
Anne Hathaway has grown up right before our eyes. The "Princess Diaries" star welcomed a baby boy with husband Adam Shulman in March. They named their cute tyke Jonathan Rosebanks.
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Thank you @archetype_photo for the beautiful pictures once again!!! Y'all are the best!
Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe welcomed their first daughter, Iris Mary, on June 15.
It seems like fatherhood suits "One Direction" member Louis Tomlison. The 24-year-old singer is seen here with his cute son, Freddie Reign.
In a rare "Bachelor" success story, Catherine and Sean Lowe not only found love with each other, but with an adorable tyke named Samuel Thomas!