Breastfeeding can be a lonely and exhausting experience. Especially in the early days, the struggle is super real. Between sore, cracked nipples, engorged, hard breasts, and judgey looks from strangers as you try to feed your fussing baby, it can be easy to call it quits on nursing. But it’s always helpful to know that you’re not alone and that it does get easier. And when supportive breastfeeding quotes come from your favorite celebrity, it’s even better.
Celebrities — they’re just like us! And it’s true, they are. They buy groceries, break up with their partners, and put their pants on one leg at a time. Some of them also breastfeed and have some of the same struggles that us normals do. From latch issues to low milk supply, worries about nursing in public to not being able to find time to shower, celebrities have been there and done that. And, luckily for us, some of them have shared their experiences publicly.
So when it’s time for that 2 a.m. feeding and you feel like throwing in the towel, here are some quotes from celebrity moms to keep you nursing through one more day.
“Breastfeeding should not be taboo, and bottle feeding should not be judged. It's all fun for the whole family.” — Jaime King on Instagram
“I was one of those people who wasn’t getting a lot of milk, so I had to pump forever to just get two ounces of milk. But, you know, I wasn’t going to give up or stop.” — Laila Ali to People
"To me [breastfeeding] is the most natural thing in the world and I love it and the bonding time we have during these precious and beautiful moments." — Miranda Kerr to Lucky
"[It] is the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life. It's so time-consuming and you really don't have your own life. . . But, it's worth the sacrifice and I love it, and I love the time with her, and I know it's healthy and I should be on the cover of Juggs magazine. It's rewarding, but it's definitely challenging." — Bethenny Frankel to Celebrity Baby Scoop
“Breastfeeding gives you superhuman powers.” — Gwen Stefani to USA Today
"My attitude is, if someone sees a little somethin' somethin', don't look if you don't like it." — Kourtney Kardashian, on public breastfeeding, to People
“I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about breastfeeding, but quickly realized its brilliance.” — Kelis to The Guardian
"All I ever heard was everyone b*tch about it, nobody ever said, 'You are not going to believe how emotional this is.'" — Jennifer Garner to Allure
“I think a lot of people think you're just supposed to have this natural instinct that's supposed to happen out of thin air. There's a technique to learn and if you don't know it, it's not your fault.” — Alicia Keys on The Conversation
“I encourage women to [breastfeed]. It's just so good for the baby and good for yourself." — Beyonce to Essence
"They were making a portrait of me for Glamour magazine, and I am a working mother. 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. I thought, if you're taking a portrait of me, this is part of me." — Olivia Wilde to Glamour
"You know, I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human.” — Alyssa Milano to Entertainment Tonight
"Breastfeeding has been one of the best experiences of my life." — Shakira to Us Weekly
"We all have nipples. I don’t care who I offend; my baby wants to eat. If I can't get a cover over me quick enough, so be it." — Selma Blair to People
"We've bonded a lot during feeding. It's very, very special." — Hilary Duff to Life & Style
“A good 18 months. That baby never even saw a bottle. He went everywhere with me — premieres, award shows. I would just find a back room and hook him up.” — Jada Pinkett Smith, on how long she nursed Jayden, to Fit Pregnancy
“I think breastfeeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby.” — P!nk on Alan Carr: Chatty Man
“I am big believer in breastfeeding. . . At the end of the day, it’s a big sacrifice but you have healthier kids.” — Deborah Cox to Mocha Manual
“Get over it! They're just boobs! Calm down. They're under our shirt whether you're looking at them or not.” — Kristen Bell to Redbook on breastfeeding in public.
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