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The celebs on the benefits of breastfeeding; the more it’s seen the more normal it becomes

18.03.2019 | By ELENA LONGARI

Breastfeeding in public is a topic we have often seen being picked up on social media and there’s a reason why not everyone is not convinced with eschewing formula for breast milk or ;it may be  some sort of social taboo, in which women’s breasts are ok to be seen ANYWHERE, as long as a baby is not attached to them.

Luckily modern society has been showing  two opposite sides and here today we will be looking at those women who have put their face to stand for why it so important women shouldn’t feel frowned upon; we will be also eliciting all the benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies. Plus, I will give my personal experience in starting a new job whilst breastfeeding a newborn baby.

Rachel McAdams in her Versace shoot whilst expressing milk


This is such an inspiration to me, for when I become a mother.

Photographer Claire Othstein was on a job with actress Rachel McAdams when she thought she couldn’t  miss the opportunity to send out a strong – and fashion forward message – about the benefits of breastfeeding. The Notebook actress was posing in a Versace and Bulgari look whilst expressing milk, 6 months after giving birth to her son, and apparently, it was Rachel’s own idea to take the picture.

Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of. I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great.

 

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Chrissy Teigen’s breastfeeding Instagram posts

Luna making me feed her babydoll so I guess I have twins now

The model isn’t just one of the hottest mommies out there, she is actually a role model for having embraced showcasing how motherhood and career can be a reality for all women out there.  Her Instagram profile is filled with stunning photos from her family moments and some John Legend daddy moments too…

What is remarkable about Teigen’s fans is how many people have shown a positive reaction to her breastfeeding post, this is one of them:


Thank you so much for normalizing breastfeeding! The most natural thing on earth! Feeding your child! And, this photo is just amazing! Beautiful 

 

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Breastfeeding whilst making a motion in parliament

The stigma around breastfeeding nowadays, as well as one of the reasons why women should be looking more into the benefits of breastfeeding, is that allowing this natural practice to unfold might affect your career.

Australian MP Senator Larissa Waters back in 2017 set a precious landmark, an example all new moms should be bringing up when discussing the development of their career in relation to motherhood. Breastfeeding shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle by recruiters, provided that companies are willing to allow women to make feeds possible; if this means taking your child at work, so it ill be it.

Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that

I was hired when I was breastfeeding

When I was interviewed for this position as editor for D360 my second child was just turning 2 months old. Even if I wanted not to mention my situation at the time, It would have been impossible to keep it a secret; I’ was about 8.6 stone and my bra size went to an astonishing 36D. My boobs turned up at the interview 10 minutes before me. Plus, one of the directors owns a greyhound, which he keeps in the office; as I took my seat at the meeting room ready to get in top gear with my list of professional achievements, she came and had a good sniff at my nipple area, both of them. Call that an interview icebreaker!

So I had to ‘come clean’ and say that I could do all the work, provided I could be granted flexible hours for baby’s third feed of the day and that I would have been expressing milk during my lunch break.

Got the job, and kept it!

So here I am now, writing about  while you, not a celeb, just a woman like me, who wants to be a mom and keep her career going, should really think twice before stopping or avoiding breastfeeding.

The benefits of breastfeeding for the mom

  • It’s super stress free. I went on holiday when both my kids were a month old and I don’t know I would have coped with taking bottles and formula on walks in the woods in the Italian Alps. Not just on a practical point of view, but on a psychological one too, as it has actually been proven that mothers who breastfeed are less stressed than those using formula. Lower blood pressure and cortisol levels during feeds make moms calmer and more open to be social.

 

  • It will help you shift pregnancy weight. One of the health benefits of breastfeeding is that moms will get back into shape in a jiffy in the most natural way possible, whilst eating AF. I calculated with my paediatrician that when my baby was about 3 months old I was producing around a litre of milk per day (an approximate number based on how much milk I could express). Imagine how much your body is taking from your energy reserves in order to produce such quantity!

 

  • It does create pleasant moments with your baby. I’m not saying that those moms who choose not to breastfeed don’t have a bond with their children, but it is true that those moments in which your baby is there in your arms with you are blissful

 

  • It decreases the risk of ovarian and breast cancer as well as reducing cardiovascular diseasde and type 2 diabetes

 

  • It helps the uterus returning to its normal size after the birth. One of the health benefits of breastfeeding is that oxytocin produced helps the uterus contract.

Benefits of breastfeeding for baby

  • One of the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby is that it reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  • Compared to formula, breast milk contains plenty and more nutrients than formula, guaranteeing a zero risk of allergy reaction.
  • Breast milk is easy to digest for the baby, which means you will be avoiding plenty of stomach upset and constipation. It isn’t though a situation of colic-free night, but it is surely a substantial difference
  • According to several medical researches, breast milk reduces the risk of several diseases for your baby, including ear infections and urinary tract infections
  • Another and probably the one your baby will thank you for when they are all grown up of the benefits of breastfeeding is that breast milk reduced the risk of obesity in adulthood.

According to a research by the NHS it has a myth that breastfeeding  “Is not that popular in this country.”  [UK]

More than 73% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still being exclusively breastfed at 3 months.

In the UK The Equality Act 2010 protects women who are asked to leave a café or a restaurant because they are breastfeeding, which means there’s literally nothing in the way between you and enjoying the most natural thing made by nature.