When it comes to parenting, everyone’s journey is different — and feeding babies is no exception. Whether its exclusive breastfeeding, supplementing with formula, or straight-formula feeding, there’s no wrong way to feed babies. But, for those who choose to and are able to breastfeed, this method certainly comes with its own unique set of challenges, and those challenges look different for every family. Natural? Sure. Easy? Nope.
But really, whether it’s blistering and chafing from incorrect latches, rock-hard engorged boobs, leaking, pumping and storing milk at work, or waking up what feels like 37 times per night to nurse or pump, breastfeeding is no joke. We’re thankful to every breastfeeding parent out there who shares their journey. Normalizing not only the frustrations of breastfeeding but also the loving bond it can create are important for the world to see, plus it reminds folks that boobs are for babies.
While we’re grateful for anyone sharing breastfeeding stories, when celebs share their own breastfeeding stories it can be doubly impactful. To see that the stars who are idolized and placed on pedestals get cracked nipples and mastitis just like the rest of is powerful — and their large audience platforms mean more exposure and therefore, more traction in normalizing breastfeeding.
Celebs like Serena Williams, Hilary Duff, Tia Mowry, and Katy Perry have been vocal about their breastfeeding experiences and we’re so grateful for their honesty.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from famous moms about the highs and lows of breastfeeding.
A version of this story was originally published in April 2020.