In a bid to promote breastfeeding, explain its importance and support nursing mothers all over the world, the first week of August is celebrated as World Breastfeeding week. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life". The World Health Organization says "breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to provide children everywhere with the best start to life." Breastfeeding a baby for the first six months not only helps the child but is also beneficial for the mother. And thanks to the power of Internet, more new mothers are talking about breastfeeding and encouraging others to take up and support the practice. Celebrity moms are among those mothers leading the charge to normalise breastfeeding and promote it by sharing their pictures which show them nursing their newborn babies.
So, to celebrate and honour World Breastfeeding week, here are seven celeb mamas who have encouraged breastfeeding by sharing their pictures.
Lisa Haydon: During the World Breastfeeding Week in 2017, the actor posted a picture of herself feeding her two-month-old son, Zack. "Breastfeeding has played such a big part in getting back into shape after giving birth to my baby," she wrote on Instagram. Her post won major love online for highlighting the importance of breastfeeding and inspiring other new mothers.
I've gotten loads of posts asking about life after having my son... esp to do with weight and fitness. Seeing as it's World Breastfeeding Week- time to give some credit where credit is due. Breastfeeding has played such a big part in getting back into shape after giving birth to my baby. Breastfeeding has been challenging+time consuming (literally hours spent everyday trying to stimulate milk supply) but it's such a beautiful way to bond and connect with your child plus all the nutritional benefits that your child gets from your milk. Look out for my blog post on mycityforkids.com on breastfeeding. Happy #worldbreastfeedingweek
Padma Lakshmi: The television host celebrated Mother's Day this year by posting a throwback picture of herself nursing her daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell. "Multi-tasking: level 100," she captioned the photo and gave a big shout out to all those people who make the life of a working mother - especially one who's nursing - a little simpler.
Mara Martin: The model made quite a splash on the Internet recently for breastfeeding her baby daughter while walking the ramp. "I think women should be able to feed their babies how they want, when they want and where they want. End of discussion!" she wrote on Instagram.
These two pictures might be my favorite ones of last weekend! There is more than one message that we all can take from these. One being, I hope to normalize breastfeeding because it's a natural thing women can do for their babies. I think women should be able to feed their babies how they want, when they want and where they want. End of discussion! Another message I hope comes out of this is that women need to be confident in themselves no matter what. There is no one shape, size, age, or ethnicity that defines beauty. We are all beautiful! Look at the final 16 girls that were chosen. All different. All beautiful. Thank you @si_swimsuit and @mj_day for celebrating that year after year. Lastly, never give up on your dreams and goals, even when it may seem like there are many barriers in front of you at times. You are stronger than you think! We can do it all! So my #wcw today is every woman out there!!!! WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY! 1st: @quinn_willoughby 2nd: @theimagesniper #girlpower #siswimsearch #normalizebreastfeeding #bodypositivity
Chrissy Teigen: Insta-famous Chrissy Teigen has been making quite a few posts about breastfeeding her second child, baby Miles. A recent picture of her nursing the baby and also pretend-feeding a doll belonging to her daughter, Luna, was trolled by some. However, the hate was nothing compared to the love the picture won.
Shveta Salve: "My Sanctum My Haven," the actor captioned this picture of herself breastfeeding her baby.
Alyssa Milano: A vocal advocate for breastfeeding, the actor posted throwback photos of herself nursing her children in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week back in 2016.
Larissa Waters: She may not be a 'celeb' as conventionally defined but former Australian senator Larissa Waters made a bid for nursing mothers everywhere by breastfeeding her daughter, Alia, in the nation's parliament. She even made political history in the process.
We hope these celeb mamas can help other mothers realise the benefits of breastfeeding and encourage them to follow suit.Click for more trending news