Despite what you may have heard, celebs aren't always just like us... but when it comes to breastfeeding, no amount of fame or fortune can spare a mom from the (oftentimes very challenging) reality! Certain aspects of nursing are just inescapable, and while some moms have an easier time than others, it's almost never easy. That's why we appreciate it when well-known mamas do their part to normalize this very natural process, like the stars behind the best celebrity breastfeeding moments of 2017.
From gritty reveals about the physical discomforts and challenges to teary-eyed confessions about the emotional toll nursing can take, when a famous mom shares a personal breastfeeding moment it helps to empower women everywhere by making them feel less alone. You have to give these women credit: Nursing isn't always pretty, and it's almost never glam. But the ladies featured here haven't let vanity stand in the way of their pro-breastfeeding agenda, which is fairly impressive considering they're all in an industry where "pretty" and "glam" are more or less everything.
Every year, it seems, we make greater strides towards breastfeeding acceptance (even breastfeeding in public! Imagine that!). Thanks in part to moms in the spotlight who've dared to get real about feeding their babies, this year was no exception. Here are some of our favorite examples of celebrity moms getting real about breastfeeding their babies.
1Amber Tamblyn Let Loose on Leaks
The brilliantly outspoken Amber Tamblyn made nursing moms the world over laugh (and cringe) in recognition when she posted this pic of her milk-stained t-shirt with the caption "Who Wore It Better? Left tit or right tit? #MilkLife#StarsTheyreJustLikeUs!" Ah, there's nothing like a stiff, splotchy, wrinkled tee to make a new mom feel fancy AF.
2Amanda Seyfried Wasn't Having It
Preach, Amanda Seyfried! The new mom, who gave birth to her first child this year, was rewarded with countless approving comments when she tweeted this acceptance-promoting, anti-mom shaming sentiment. Fed is best!
3Kristen Bell Was a 'Bad Mom' on Skype
Kristen Bell illustrated the intrepid ingenuity of nursing moms when she shared the hilariously humiliating tale of what happened when she tried to pump during the first table read for Bad Moms, which she joined via Skype.
“I didn’t know I was on a movie projector. I would have loved a heads up. I thought it was like, ‘We’re going to Skype in. It’s going to be on a computer.’ And I was home because I wasn’t going early because I still had a little one and I needed to pump. And I’m sorry when you gotta do it, you gotta do it. And I thought, ‘They’re not going to care, also it’s not going to be very loud.’ Again, I didn’t’ realize I was on a 200-inch screen on speakers in a conference room. I thought it was someone’s computer.”
Nothing to be ashamed of, mama!
4Kelly Rowland Got SO Real
In her fabulously titled 2017 book Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*());