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It’s difficult to imagine that anyone would have a problem with a mother feeding their child, but the truth is stories of breastfeeding mothers suffering abuse because they dared to do it in public are still all too common.
Fortunately, more and more women in the spotlight are doing their part to empower women by using their platforms to share beautiful, intimate photographs of themselves nursing their children.
Celebrity mamas everywhere have embarked on a mission to normalise the beauty that is breastfeeding and we are here for it!
Check out some of our favourite boobin’ mammas keeping it real in the gallery below …
Moana Hope and wife Isabella Carlstrom are BOTH breastfeeding their children
Moana Hope gave birth to her son Ahi Joseph on June 24 and shared gorgeous snaps soon after. Her social media followers were regularly refreshing the feeds to see when the happy announcement would be made.
The proud mama wants to feed both of her children with Isabella once her milk has settled. “I eventually plan to feed Svea as well. We will both feed both kids. It’s so special to be able to do this with her.”
Isabella Carlstrom is still breastfeeding their daughter whom she gave birth to in November 2020. In the earliest photos of the happy family, the couple shared photos of Isabella breastfeeding newborn Ahi.
This confused some of the mums’ followers, and Moana address it in her IG stories saying, “Yes, this is Isabella feeding our baby boy. Why? Firstly she is his Mumma, and secondly because she has boobs with milk. It’s also allowing me [to] have naps and rest.”
The multi-tasking mama has never shied away from sharing photos of her breastfeeding Svea and it’s no different now little Ahi has joined their family.
Mum-of-three Tammy Hewbrow is “loving every perfectly imperfect newborn moment”
Queensland fitness instructor Tammy Hembrow carried her third child to 41 weeks before “The absolute hardest yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. An unmedicated VBA2C. No words…”
Always honest and open about her pregnancy journey, it comes as no surprised to see Tammy feeding her daughter – the most natural thing in the world.
“Feeding my lil bug while catching my letdown … I’ve already been saving so much milk & my Haakaa ladybugs make it sooo easy!”
“I never used stored breastmilk with Wolf & Sass … But I’m grateful to be able to breastfeed so this time round I want to save as much as possible.”
Tammy’s new baby girl was born with a rare genetic mutation called Polydactyly, which means she was born with 12 fingers – just like mama.
Shannon Lawson overcame mastitis to continue feeding baby Leo
Born in early June, Leona ‘Leo’ Maria put her mum, model Shannon Lawson through her paces! The Survivor contestant who turned 31 in early July, was thrown into the turmoil of fevers and flu-like symtoms when she developed mastitis in the first few weeks of Leo’s life.
Feeding her way through painful cracked nipples, the model mum and fitness instructor has got feeding down to a fine art now.
Before celebrating her birthday with friends, Shannon shared a supercute photo of her feeding her month-old daughter with the caption “My new definition go ‘pre drinks’.”
Jana Pittman makes twin feeding look easy (but it’s like everthing – it takes practice!)
The ex-Oympian and mum of six knows a thing of two about breastfeeding. After struggling with supply, doing formula top ups and managing debilitating mastitis, the trio has NAILED breastfeeding, 100% !
“I am so very happy and proud to say my beautiful twins are now fully breastfeeding with no top ups needed! We had our 6wk check and they are 80th centile wahooooo 🥰”
It’s really not very glamorous – as Jana shows – but pumping was one of the things that helped her build her milk supply for her growing bubs.
“It wasn’t easy. As premies they needed NG tubes, so I put them to the breast as often as possible but they def needed top ups. At this point we started ‘triple feeding’ = offered breast, then bottle/tube with expressed milk, then bottle with formula. Then I expressed! Guys it was around the ⏰.. so very tiring (and so many bottles)! This lasted 3-4wks.
“Then we dropped the formula and only gave expressed bottles. Then dropped the bottles.. then dropped the expressing! Amazing!!”
Ashley Graham has mastered the art of twin feeding
Feeding twins is always a juggle and mums find ways to make it work that is easiest for them and their bubs. This is definitely an ‘at-home’ position!
Breastfeeding is a family affair when you have more than one bub!
The beautiful way that new mum, Survivor’s Felicity ‘Flick’ Egginton is honouring her breastfeeding journey
Australian Survivor‘s Felicity ‘Flick’ (Eggington) Henry has had a tough start to her motherhood journey with both her and baby Maverick, born January 18, 2022, coping with various conditions including his silent reflux and her prolapsed bladder.
However one thing that is going well is breastfeeding. The new mum took to Instagram, posting an image of herself relaxing while while pumping with a double Medela Swing Flex, captioning it with a tribute to her breastfeeding journey so far.
Felicity “Flick” Henry who rose to fame as a contestant from Australian Survivor (2016) and Australian Survivor: All Stars, wrote:
“How incredible is breastmilk?! Every day I am amazed at what my body can do and the incredible benefits it has for my son.
“I’ve loved my breastfeeding journey so far even with a few little challenges along the way. After everything I went through especially in those early weeks, I felt that Breastfeeding was the one thing I wasn’t having any challenges with besides the engorgement. I was so so grateful for that and always reminded myself of this despite everything else I was going through at the time. As time went on I realised I had an extreme oversupply (sometimes waking up freezing cold/feverish with engorged lumpy breasts) and looked into block feeding to lessen my supply, also for Maverick incase he was having Lactose Overload making all of his Reflux/Colic symptoms worse.”
In a bid to normalise her breastfeeding journey Flick continued: “After Block feeding for 4-5 days I lost my supply the same night that Maverick had his 6 week vaccinations. I was broken. I had a very upset and hungry baby. I was so depleted.
“Luckily I had stored a lot of my breastmilk in the fridge/freezer so was able to feed him but I was so worried that this was the end of my Breastfeeding Journey already being so sleep deprived and anxious, this was the last thing I needed on top of everything else.
“I would feed Maverick countlessly throughout the day and night every 1-2 hours just to get my supply back up and would be also pumping with my @medelaau pump on top of this several times a day. After a few sleepless nights and long days my supply finally came back. I was so relieved and grateful I had my Pump to help bring back my supply quickly.”
The new mum went on to thank her American husband, Jonathan ‘JJ’ Henry, saying that the pump had been a “lifesaver” for the whole family.
She wrapped up her post with a sweet tribute to the mums amongst her fans, writing: “To all of the mamas out there, you are all amazing. Trust in yourself and your baby. You’ve got this ✨”
Ashley Graham breastfeed her newborn twins
Taking to Instagram stories, model Ashley Graham shared a sweet breastfeeding moment with her sons, Malachi and Roman.
The 34-year-old also shared a video of herself pumping breastmilk.
Ashley welcomed her twin boys in January.
Ashley has her hands full with her newborn twin boys
Teresa Palmer shares a beautiful and very personal insight into her breastfeeding journey
Earlier this year, Australian actress Teresa Palmer announced she is pregnant with her fourth child.
The 35-year-old currently has three children to husband Mark Webber, Bodhi, seven, Forest, four and Poet, two. She is also a proud step-mum to Mark’s son, Isaac.
Taking to Instagram, Teresa opened up to her followers about her incredible seven-year-long breastfeeding journey.
“Today is day 2728 of breastfeeding straight,” she begins. “I have nursed since Feb 17th 2014 when my first son was born. I nursed him in to toddlerhood through the pregnancy of my 2nd son, embarked on a tandem nursing journey for a year. I then continued nursing my 2nd son through the pregnancy of my daughter, in to my second tandem nursing journey. I’m now still nursing my daughter through this pregnancy and will jump in to my third tandem nursing experience in a matter of weeks.”
Teresa, who is currently 37 weeks pregnant, writes:
“Some days it’s a lot, I’m utterly exhausted and just want my body back, other days I sit in a place of deep gratitude as I cherish and honour this experience with my babes.”
Acknowledging, it’s not possible for some women to breastfeed, Teresa continues:
“I was privileged enough to have the choice to breastfeed, not everyone is afforded that. For some it comes easier than others. I know many many women who tried to nurse and couldn’t without it affecting their mental health and well-being. Women should be celebrated for however they feed their babies, free from judgement. Since I began my breastfeeding journey I’ve had media outlets write their opinions on how I’ve breastfed in public or nursed into toddlerhood or tandem fed. 2 years ago I copped verbal abuse inches from my face by a man and woman as I nursed my 6 week old daughter on a bench. If that had happened in those first wobbly weeks of being a new mum, trying to establish a latch with my son and finding my feet with parenting, that experience would have profoundly impacted me.”
Sharing her personal journey for World Breastfeeding Week, Teresa finishes her post, saying:
“I hope that other women who are wanting to breastfed and have the opportunity to, can do so without fear of people judging them. It’s incredible to think that these debates and harmful conversations are STILL going on. Let’s hope we are moving towards change in this area. For anyone struggling with any of it, I see you and I can only hope that you have enough people in your orbit offering you unconditional encouragement. If not please use La Leche League International as a resource, they offer up a list of many wonderful support groups online, lactation consultants and a list of local help near you. What a beautiful community, one that I’ve leant on many times throughout the years. LLLI.org”
Lauren Brant opens up about breastfeeding while pregnant
The former Hi-5 star who shares two children, Miller, four and Houston, two with Barry Hall took to Instagram to share an insight into her breastfeeding journey.
Alongside two images of her feeding two-year-old, Houston, the 32-year-old wrote:
“Breastfeeding while being pregnant has been a new experience for me!”
Lauren continued with a warning for other breastfeeding mums.
“Let’s firstly reiterate the fact that ‘breastfeeding is NOT a contraceptive 😂’
“Houston is 26months strong on the milk bar – and doesn’t seem to be giving up anytime soon.”
Lauren described how each trimester had impacted her breastfeeding.
“To break the current experience down… the first 3 months of pregnancy/breastfeeding were hard! I was sick, it made me agitated, which affected Houston’s moods (safety net) – which made him want MORE boob. My nipples were sensitive and it hurt so much… I considered weaning him off, but with everything (the grief & sickness) – I didn’t have the energy to commit to weaning…(apparently your milk tastes different when you are pregnant & ‘some’ children don’t like it – clearly not the case here)!
“Now in trimester 3 – either the sensitivity has gone or I’ve just adapted to it! Houston has 3 sessions a day…morning, before day nap & bedtime – and also when he hurts himself or needs comforting! I even do it when we are out and I just need him to co-operate!
“He ‘jumping on the couch’ LOVES the boob!”
Will Lauren continue to breastfeed Houston and the new baby?
“I’m basically just going to see what happens with baby 3 arrives,” she says. “I got no plans (except to eat heaps of the lactation cookies)!”
Lauren finished the post writing, “My reason for (over) sharing? #worldbreastfeedingweek yall!!!
“I’m a proud – ‘feed my baby when he wants it, anytime, anywhere Mumma!’ – I’ve made it through 10 cases of mastitis, even hospitalised for it – and I’m proud to still be going!”
Bachelor star Tara Pavlovic is determined to normalise breastfeeding in public
Tara Pavlovic, who starred in Matty J’s season on The Bachelor, welcomed her first child with husband, Nick Shepherdson earlier this year.
Keen to normalise breastfeeding in public, the former Bachelor in Paradise star, shared this photo of herself feeding her baby boy, Paddy George Shepherdson, while she herself ate a hamburger.
She captioned the image: “I once heard a quote, “A hungry man is an angry one”… Let me tell you, this also strongly applies to babies (and breastfeeding mothers I might add 😂).”
“I’ve always admired mums who have the courage to post unapologetic photos of themselves while nursing their babies as they share the realities of this important part of motherhood. Breastfeeding or pumping milk, our bodies do amazing things.
“Before becoming a mum, I never fully understood how the innocent act of breastfeeding in public could be considered so inappropriate by society. And now, as a first time mum, it blew my mind when I heard that 53% of breastfeeding mums don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public!”
The post was shared for World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 to 7. Tara has partnered with Philips Avent to help drive change and be part of a campaign that supports mothers and their breastfeeding journeys.
“Today, I share this photo of Paddy and I so that we, along with all of the courageous mums before me, can be a part of the movement that helps to normalise breastfeeding.”
“Learning curve”: Bindi Irwin’s candid breastfeeding confession is all too real
Bindi Irwin welcomed her sweet baby girl, Grace Warrior with husband, Chandler Powell.
And now, the proud new mum is shedding new light on her breastfeeding journey so far and, ooh boy, is it relatable!
“It’s a learning curve. You want to make sure your baby is full, and you’re learning as a new mum as well,” Bindi revealed in a new interview with People magazine.
“It was the most exciting moment when she figured out how to latch properly,” the 22-year-old added.
Bindi was quick to assure the publication that she believes fed is best and holds no judgement around how other mothers choose to feed their baby.
“It’s so nice to have so many options now. I think that in this day and age, it’s so important as a mother to encourage other mums. Everybody has a different journey when it comes to feeding their baby and it’s so important to be supportive of everybody,” Bindi explained.
Bindi, is all about supporting other mums.
“As you become a mum you enter this club and it’s unlike anything else in the world and everybody has different advice and thoughts.”
“I think that as anything else, it’s just about supporting each other and being encouraging with one another because everybody has a different journey when it comes to raising their baby, especially with feeding.”
Torah Bright breastfeeds while doing a headstand
Sharing a series of images to Instagram to mark her first Mother’s Day with 10-month-old son, Flow, the 34-year-old Australian Olympic snowboarder wrote:
“Becoming a mother has unleashed something inside of me.”
“It’s deeply spiritual. It’s primal. It’s raw. It’s fierce. It is pure. I am mother.
“My prayer for all mothers, now and in the future is that they be heard. Honoured. Respected and encouraged to trust their intuition.”
The impressive pic quickly racked up the likes, with one follower writing:
“Happy Mother’s Day Torah!!! That headstand photo is insane❤️”
The Project host Lisa Wilkinson wrote: “Gorgeous pics Torah.”
Boob on the move
Last month Torah shared another photo showing off some gnarly breastfeeding moves as she was snapped feeding Flow while skateboarding.
Flow is the first child for Torah and her snowboarding husband, Angus Thomson.
Torah is Australia’s most successful athlete in Winter Olympic history.
In 2010 she won Gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in the halfpipe event before taking home a Silver medal at Sochi in 2014.
Chezzi Denyer’s hilarious school pickup distaster is oh-to-real
Since welcoming her beautiful third daughter, Sunday, in February this year Television producer, Chezzi Denyer has been warming hearts with her authentic and open shares about the realities of new motherhood and life as a mum-of-three.
On Tuesday, the new mum took to Instagram to share the hilarious tale of a school pick-up gone wrong when she tried to multitask and feed Sunday during her wait.
Alongside an image of herself feeding sweet little Sunday in the driver’s seat of her car while parked at the school, Chezzi shared: “I’m just a Mum, trying to breastfeed my hungry baby in my car, at School drop off, with Bluey blaring through the speakers, blissfully unaware that my horn is continuously being pressed by my babies bottom, wondering why everyone keeps turning and staring at me!”
Oh Chezzi, it happens to the best of us 🤣
“Booby barista”: Bachelor star, Laura Byrne is glowing as she nurses newborn daughter Lola Ellis
Mum-of-two Laura Byrne looks positively ethereal in an image shared to Instagram on Thursday. The 34yo reality star was enjoying an outing with her Life Uncut podcast co-host, Brittany Hockley who snapped the image of the new mum nursing her newborn, Lola Ellis
Known for her quick wit and hilarious take on motherhood, Laura didn’t let fans down, captioning the gorgeous image: “This bar has a great booby barista”.
Laura welcomed little Lola who shares with her fiancé Matty ‘J’ Johnson last month. The couple also share one-year-old daughter, Marlie-Mae.
Laura and Matty recently announced that they will wed at the end of this year.
Gogglebox Mamma, Sarah Marie Fahd is a multitasking queen!
Proving that a baby’s gotta drink when a baby’s gotta drink, Gogglebox Australia’s Sarah Marie nails multitasking as she feeds 15-month-old baby Malik while standing up.
The American model shared a sweet video of her one-year-old son, Isaac breastfeeding.
In the clip, Ashley, 33 is lying down feeding Isaac, while he pulls and grabs at the side of her breast.
Many breastfeeding mums – past and present – could relate to the clip.
“This is where you get tiny cuts from those baby nails lol! Happened to me all the time,” wrote one follower.
“Ouch! The boob pinch! I remember it well. Loved breast feeding my two,” added another.
“I miss this so much,” wrote actress Alyssa Milano.
Watch the intimate breastfeeding video below.
Doting dad, former Bachelor Tim Robards shared this gorgeous moment between wife, Anna Heinrich and two-month-old daughter, Elle.
Aussie actor, Teresa Palmer shared an incredible image of herself breastfeeding her daughter 21-month-old Poet, who in turn was cradling her own baby doll.
The 34-year-old wrote: “Poet is nursing her baby while I’m nursing mine! Basking in these still moments of love.”
Including this early moment between Laura and Marlie-Mae which the jewellery designer captioned: “Milkshakes all round”.
Model Ashley Graham welcomed son Isaac in early 2020, and keeping in line with the body positivity campaign she advocated during her pregnancy, the star continued to empower women by sharing the real moments of motherhood as she experienced them, just like this tender cafe moment with her feeding babe.
Every bobbins mamma is familiar with expressing that milk.
Even the Kardashians!
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” captioned Koutney Kardashian beside this breast pump selfie on a night away from the kids.
Jenna Dewan is a regular poster of her breastfeeding moments with her sweet baby boy, Callum Michael Rebel Kazee with partner, Steve Kazee.
She’s the ‘realest’ of them all, so it would come as no surprise that breastfeeding her children was as sharable as what she ate for lunch and that’s exactly why Chrissy Teigen has the hearts of mums the world over.
Images of Kate Hudson pausing an at-home barre workout with friend, Erin Foster to feed her newborn daughter Rani Rose helped normalise all of the things breastfeeding mums can achieve.
At one point on the same day, Erin shared: “Motherhood doesn’t slow us down,” over a video of Kate doing leg lifts, lunges, and more while nursing baby Rani.
In July 2014, Gwen Stefani shared this beautiful candid moment nursing her son Apollo looking over the picturesque Swiss Alps.
Helping normalise the fact that breastfeeding is not for everyone, Amy Schumer told Oprah.
“Breastfeeding wasn’t the right fit for our family—it was too much on me and I was starting to feel bad.
“And it occurred to me: I can stop breastfeeding. And he’s so healthy, and he’s so good. That pressure is real, but what I realised is that it was self-inflicted.
“So, I’m not trying to vilify the other women who said these things to me—it’s gonna happen, you’re going to feel all these pressures about a lot of different things about being a mum, or just being a woman.
‘But if you let it get to you, it’s on you. I had to stop and say, no, this is all self-inflicted. I’m going to get rid of this guilt and do what’s right for me and my family and what makes me feel healthy.”