For some moms, breastfeeding can be a very rewarding experieince. It can be a great way to bond with and nourish your baby. Of course, it can also come with a great deal of stress and anxiety. You have to worry about keeping your supply up, deal with discomfort, and sadly, sometimes defend yourself from people who don't approve of breastfeeding. But you aren't alone in breastfeeding battle. There are a number of celebrities who breastfeed and deal with the same struggles as you. (Celebs — they really are just like us.)
Now, granted, breastfeeding is a little different when you're an A-lister. For example, some celebrities have nannies and other household helpers who make it a lot easier to devote hours a day to nursing. But the differences don't always work in their favor. When celebrities with millions of social media followers post a breastfeeding selfie, that naysaying comes in larger, crueler troves. As a result, many breastfeeding celebrity moms feel like it's their responsibility to help normalize breastfeeding, and get people to understand that there's nothing gross, weird, or sexual about feeding your baby.
Here are 27 A-list moms who have talked about their breastfeeding journeys in an effort to end any stigmas surrounding the somewhat natural method.
Mom of two Alyssa Milano has been a staunch advocate of breastfeeding, sharing pics of herself nursing both her son and daughter over the years. She famously clashed with talk show host Wendy Williams when she appeared on her program, arguing that breastfeeding shouldn't be viewed as something sexual or shameful, according to People magazine.
Actress Olivia Wilde has shared the joys of nursing son Otis and daughter Daisy on Instagram, but she's very clear that breastfeeding shouldn't be a source of shame. "Breastfeeding should be a choice for everyone," Wilde told People. "I don’t like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty."
Singer Pink called breastfeeding a "healthy, natural act," according to the website for The Today Show. And she won't let the haters stop her form doing so in public.
Gisele Bündchen's Instagram snap of nursing daughter Vivian just might be one of the most famous breastfeeding photos of all time. The supermodel has been very vocal about her support of breastfeeding, but angered some people with a controversial statement she made about it a few years ago. According to HuffPost, Bündchen told Harper's Bazaar in 2010 that "there should be a worldwide law" requiring all moms to breastfeed babies for at least 6 months. She later clarified that she didn't mean it literally.
Actress Mayim Bialik is one of Hollywood's most outspoken breastfeeding advocates, and unfortunately she's taken a lot of flak for it at times. Bialik breastfed one of her sons until he was 4 years old, and told In Touch the criticism she drew online made her cry. “Just because you do something your way doesn’t mean you can judge people who don’t," she told the publication. "If I breastfeed and you don’t, it’s OK. I don’t think I’m a better mom and my kids aren’t necessarily better off than yours."
Former Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes has shared her "breast is best" philosophy all over her Instagram feed. She's posted several photos of her nursing her two children over the years, and has even posed for magazine photoshoots while breastfeeding according to E! Online.
Singer Alanis Morissette doesn't believe in weaning once a child reaches a certain age. Morissette told Good Morning America that she'd breastfeed her son until he was ready to stop, even if he was 5 or 6 years old. She even appeared in a documentary promoting breastfeeding called The Milky Way, according to People.
Model Miranda Kerr was back posing for glamorous photoshoots just a couple of months after giving birth to son Flynn, according to HuffPost, and nursed him during downtime on set. She called the photo on the right "just another day in the office."
Salma Hayek made headlines all over the world a few years ago over a shot of her breastfeeding, but her daughter wasn't in the picture. According to ABC News, Hayek breastfed a starving infant during a goodwill trip to Sierra Leone. She said she hoped the incident would help break stigmas around breastfeeding and help people see that it isn't a sexual act. The baby she fed was actually the same exact age as Hayek's own daughter Valentina, who breastfed for more than a year.
When you're a breastfeeding mom, pumping is often the bane of your existence. But Kourtney Kardashian had a little fun with the idea in this Instagram shot, glamming it up while hooked up the pump. She jokingly called the pump session "the after party," according to People. Kardashian has been a fan of breastfeeding since giving birth to son Mason, who she nursed for 14 months, according to Mom.me.
Angelina Jolie famously appeared on the breastfed one of her child on the cover of W magazine in 2008. According to the Daily Mail, Jolie told British channel GMTV that she breastfed twins Knox and Vivienne for about three months, despite find it very challenging to juggle the needs of both babies.
Singer Gwen Stefani breastfed all three of her sons, and never let her jet-setting lifestyle get in the way. With first son Kingston, she told People that she managed to breastfeed him for over a year despite the fact that was she was on a world tour at the time. She told the magazine that nursing was "really fun" and "really convenient."
Actress Blake Lively captioned her breastfeeding selfie, "the PERKS of breastfeeding," presumably referring to the fact that she was able to nurse daughter James in a stunning outdoor setting. She told Allure that breastfeeding was like a full-time job to her, and that she even had to pump while driving at times.
Although breastfeeding was a precious time for actress Jaime King and her first son, she knows not everyone shares that sentiment. She posted on Instagram that, "breastfeeding should not be taboo— and bottle feeding should not be judged."
Amanda Peet struggled with a painful issue during breastfeeding: engorgement. According to Fit Pregnancy, the actress said on Ellen that she resorted to stuffing cabbage leaves in her bra to try and get a little relief.
Singer Adele won't stand for formula shaming. According to The Independent, Adele told concertgoers in 2016 that she was devastated when her milk dried up after nine weeks of breastfeeding her son. She assured people that formula is "just as good."
When actress and singer Hilary Duff began supplementing with formula after six plus months of breastfeeding her son, she said she felt judged for the decision according to E! News. Her message for anyone struggling with the same issue? "Your formula fed baby still goes to college," she said.
Model Chrissy Teigen has been vocal about the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding baby Luna. She told People that "as hard as anyone said it was, I feel like it somehow managed to be harder."
19Kim Kardashian West
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has spoken out about some breastfeeding struggles moms know well: sibling jealousy, and nipple pain. According to HuffPost, Kardashian blogged about her use of nipple shields, which she said she used from the beginning to deal with the pain of nursing. The Mirror also noted that Kardashian gave up nursing son Saint after a few months because big sister North was very jealous.
According to Vanity Fair, actress Mila Kunis has a simple message for anyone anti-breastfeeding in public: "If it’s not for you, don’t look." Kunis said she was surprised and taken aback when she nursed daughter Wyatt in public and felt like people looked upon it as shameful.
When Jennifer Garner accepted an acting award just a few months after the birth of her third child, Samuel, she had plenty to say on the topic of breastfeeding. According to US Weekly, the actress joked that her mom complained that Garner seemed to be doing nothing but breastfeeding, and she wasn't sure how she was getting anything else done.
Chelsea Clinton spoke out about an experience breastfeeding moms who work will know well: balancing nursing and pumping with a full-time job. The former First Daughter told E! News that figuring out the logistics of pumping was tough at times, and that she occasionally had to pump in places like airport bathrooms.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal fed her babies without fear of the paparazzi. Gyllenhaal was photographed publicly breastfeeding her daughters on multiple occasions according to People. Gyllenhaal prioritized nursing at work, too. During an appearance on Chelsea Lately in 2013, the actress said that she'd pause production during the filming of White House Down to nurse when she needed to.
Actress Selma Blair doesn't believe in being bashful about breastfeeding. She told People that she has no qualms about nursing in public. "We all have nipples," she said. "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."
Model Coco Rocha lashed out at critics who jumped on her for posting a picture of her baby daughter feeding from a bottle. Rocha informed the haters on Instagram that she'd actually breastfed her daughter for five months and loved the experience, but her milk went suddenly went dry. She warned her followers that anyone who had anything negative to say about her childrearing choices would promptly be blocked.
Model Ali Landry didn't have the easiest time breastfeeding her daughter, Estela, in the beginning. She told The Bump that she was in lots of pain for the first few weeks of nursing, but eventually got into a groove and began to really enjoy it.
Model Nicole Triunfo had no shame about breastfeeding her baby during an Elle Australia photoshoot, and the intimate moment actually landed on the cover of the magazine. The magazine editor said it wasn't the original plan, but the nursing moment was too beautiful not to photograph. Triunfo told the magazine she wants breasts to be viewed as non-sexual and breastfeeding as natural.