When it comes to breastfeeding, I really have zero judgments. I did a little bit of breastfeeding for the first three months, but mostly formula-feeding, because I didn’t produce enough milk to nourish my twin babies. Miraculously, my children managed to survive on a steady diet of powdered formula, and are healthy, happy, handsome 3-year-olds now. Would I have liked to have breastfed more than I was able to? Sure, but it didn’t work out that way.
What was super awesome though was all of the dumb things strangers and acquaintances would say to me when I told them I was formula-feeding. Stuff like, “Aren’t you worried that they won’t be as healthy?” and “Well, is your formula organic at least?” and “You know, the more you breastfeed, the more weight you’ll lose.” Thanks, jerkies.
So when I hear celebrities spouting nonsense, it makes me kind of angry, especially since so many real women compare themselves to these superhuman beauties. But these actresses and models have personal trainers and chefs to help whip them into shape, and full-time nannies who will watch their kids in the meantime. They also make their living on their looks, so while you might totally eat an entire sleeve of Oreos when you’re sleep deprived, someone like, say, Scarlett Johansson, would not.
So the next time you hear a celebrity saying some obnoxious thing about her breastfeeding experience, consider the source. Here are a few of my favorite gems from famous mamas, starting with comments Mila Kunis made recently during her interview with Craig Ferguson on the “Late, Late Show.”
Super Annoying Quotes About Breastfeeding from Celebrity Moms
Jennifer Benjamin is an LA-based freelance writer and editor with over 15 years of experience writing for national magazines and websites like Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, SELF, Parents Magazine, The Stir, and Daily Glow. More important, she's a mommy to identical twin boys, as well as an avid cook, a terrible housewife, and a loungewear enthusiast. Find her on her blog I Will Get To It and on Twitter (@JennyBenjamin).