Is it a Crime to Formula-Feed in Hollywood?


Ever since the journal Pediatrics announced last week that breastfeeding can save lives and money, I’ve been feeling a little twitchy. Yes, in an ideal world, we’d all breastfeed. But plenty of women don’t have that option. Some have to return to working 12-hours-a-day soon after giving birth. Many workplaces offer nowhere to pump except a shared public bathroom. Other women may have to forgo breastfeeding for health reasons. Have you had recurring, back-to-back bouts of mastitis, or thrush which resists medication? Plus some moms are themselves taking necessary medication that would trickle down, dangerously, to their breast milk.

In support of these women—and others who for personal reasons have turned to the bottle—I planned to do a post on Hollywood moms who’ve formula-fed. Yet guess what I found?

Other than Jennifer Lopez, no celebrity moms are fessing up to forgoing the breast. And when J. Lo came clean about her feeding-the-baby habits, it caused an internet uproar. Yet given the statistics, J. Lo can’t be the only one to choose the bottle. So why are the others so shy about coming forward? Are they afraid of being stigmatized? Come on, we’re all moms, can’t we just play nice and respect each others’ personal choices?

Here, for your perusal, is a list of mother-celebrities who’ve publicly spoken about breastfeeding their kids: Tori Spelling, Catherine Zeta Jones, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Ripa, Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Tea Leoni, Maggie Gyllenhaal…plus nearly every other celebrity with kids.

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