The Oscars are a time to celebrate the best actors in Hollywood, but we also want to give a special parenting nomination to Tom Hardy’s wife, Charlotte Riley, for skillfully balancing breastfeeding and date night.
Since the birth of their first child together in 2015, Hardy and his wife have been notoriously private about their newborn — like, we literally don’t even know the sex of the baby yet (and more power to them!) — but last night, we were able to get our first glimpse into their early days of parenthood as Hardy gave a classic dad excuse for hanging out outside the ladies room: Riley had to take a pumping break.
Spotted dawdling outside the Dolby Theatre auditorium, Hardy told the Los Angeles Times, “I’m just waiting for my wife to finish breast pumping in the bathroom. She has to do it every hour.”
Apparently, motherhood stops for no one, even Hardy’s The Revenant co-star (and the love of our lives) Leonardo DiCaprio.
While there are so many benefits that come with breastfeeding — Riley’s fabulous cleavage in her Gauri & Nainika gown, for example — it definitely presents some logistical challenges for moms.
And that’s just it, so many people don’t understand how much effort it takes to be the sole provider of food for your baby. Granted, an Oscars bathroom is probably a lot nicer than, let’s say, the Target bathroom that us normals have to use, but if you’re pumping, sometimes you have to get creative.
We talked to one mom on our team who’s currently pumping, and she could totally relate:
“The thing people don’t realize is that when you are nursing mom, you just literally cannot skip a feeding, or else you hurt and you hurt your supply. My baby is 300 days old, and I’ve fed him every three hours (during the day), either through nursing or pumping, for 300 days straight. You need to keep things going no matter what your situation is — even if you’re at the Oscars.”
Cheers to Charlotte for making it work, because we’ve all been there. Well, pumping around the clock, that is, not going to the biggest award show in the world.
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