Celebrities who embraced breastfeeding their children beyond 1 year
There is usually a lot of controversies when it comes to women, their bodies, and the decisions they make about career, children, family and so on. When it comes to breastfeeding and how long a woman should do it for, there are varied opinions. Celebrities are not left out of this as some have been seen to be challenged for the choices they make when it comes to their children. Should they be treated any differently just because they are famous?
There is a lot of information out there as to the reasons why breastfeeding is the best for a child, the advantages to both the mother and the child. Everyone seems to agree that breastfeeding is excellent, what causes controversy is how long a child should be breastfed for. Some are of the opinion that the child should set the pace, while others think it is up to the mother to stop when 'appropriate'. What is the definition of appropriate in this context? The one year mark? Two years? Or maybe even more?
There are a few celebrities who were open and very honest about their breastfeeding journeys and chose to nurse past the one year mark. Sharing about their journey and their decision in public has to some extent helped to normalize extended breastfeeding. These mothers have refused to be pressured by society into not doing what is best for their children. Let's take a look at some of them.
Nikki Reed recently revealed that she plans on continuing to breastfeed her 19-month-old daughter, Bodhi. In a very moving post she shared on Instagram, she took a moment to reflect on this journey and how it will be over before she knows it. She shared about the hard work it takes to multi-task work and baby, but how she is taking the time to enjoy the journey.
The first of the Kardashian sisters has never been shy about sharing her motherhood journey with her fans. Kourtney breastfed her oldest son Mason until he was 14-months-old and she admitted to having a hard time accepting that that phase of her journey with her son was over. She shared in a blog post:
"I seriously could cry just thinking about it being over. I love what a beautiful experience I had with my son and just wanted to share it,”
Miranda Kerr shared photos of her breastfeeding experiences from day one with her son, Flynn. In a bid to explain some of the processes she went through, she explained;
"I nursed for a year and a half, and I pumped when I was at work,"
It can be quite difficult for working moms to balance career and family effectively. As everyday moms struggle through the process, so does celebrities. Gisele broke the internet when she shared this photo of her getting ready while breastfeeding her one-year-old daughter. This photo proves that moms are multitasking superheroes.
Salma is one mama who found it extremely difficult to stop breastfeeding. She loved the experience and she was prepared to do everything it took to keep her baby happy. Salma nursed her daughter for over a year and found it difficult to wean her. She said;
"I'm like an alcoholic. It is like, I don't care if I cry, I don't care if I am fat, I am just going to do it for one more week, one more month, and then when I see how much good it is doing her and I can't stop,"
Babies with health issues tend to need more breastfeeding time than others. Such was the case with Selma Blair. She revealed that she nursed her son for years because he had some extended health issues and breastmilk helped him. However, she did say that extended breastfeeding impacted her health as well.
Gwen Stefani is one amazing mama! Gwen continued to tour and put out albums while raising three boys. She breastfed her first son, Kingston, until he was 13-months-old.
Mayim Balik is many things and being an actress is just one of the feathers in her cap. 'The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Balik is a certified lactation consultant and has been an open supporter of breastfeeding. She breastfed her two sons well into their toddler years.
A lot of people were upset when Thandie posted a picture on Instagram of herself feeding her then two-year-old son, Booker. People criticized Thandie for practicing extended breastfeeding, but when it comes to mothers and their children, they have to do what's best for them and their children.
On 'Good Morning America,' Alanis explained that she would continue to breastfeed her child until he was ready to give it up,
"I'll stop whenever he wants."
This is one woman determined to give her child all she can.
The 'Gossip Girl' alumni explained some time ago how she intends to wean her kids naturally,
"Obviously, before he goes to college, I’ll probably have to quit breastfeeding. You know when it’s right and you’ll feel that."
She was trying to be funny but she definitely passed across her point.
Kelly nursed her son Benjamin beyond 16 months despite the fact that she has a very demanding job.
"When I stop, it's going to be really hard on me. I love nursing so much," she explained in an interview.
Alicia is a supporter of extended breastfeeding and she even took her passion up a notch by spearheading an initiative for nursing mothers who are overproducing milk to share with new mothers who can't nurse. That is so impressive!
In a post she shared about her life as a mother, Erykah Badu mentioned how she breastfed her son for two whole years. In her words;
"When I first had the baby, I was breastfeeding for two years straight, so we were together for two years of his life, every day, all hours of the day. So I was two people, and I eventually morphed back into one. Now he's part of me," she said
Nelly lost a lot of energy but she was determined to breastfeed her daughter Nevis until she was two, and later said;
“Whoever says breastfeeding is a good way to lose weight is a liar. I nursed my daughter for two years and as soon as I stopped I had more energy. You can do more things."
Jada Pinkett Smith
There is something about seeing a working mum doing her thing and killing it. Jada said she breastfed Jaden Smith for a good eighteen months. In her own words;
"That baby never even saw a bottle. He went everywhere with me — premieres, award shows. I would just find a back room and hook him up."
This hot mama is not afraid to publicly share her experience breastfeeding her children. She posted on Facebook in a bid to normalize extended breastfeeding. She wrote;
"Almost 16 months of breastfeeding Elizabella. It's been one of the greatest joys in my life to breastfeed my babies,"
What do you think of these celebrities who are determined to do all they can for their children despite what the society has to say about it? As humans, we have the right to live our lives however we can, we should always remember that. Let us know your thoughts about this.