“I love nothing more than being a mom, and as moms we are fiercely protective of our kids. I know I would do ANYTHING to ensure the health of my children. That started from day one, twenty years ago, with that first connection I had with my son the first time I breastfed him. Not only did I feel this amazing bond between he and I, but I knew that I was giving him something that nothing else on earth could. Mother’s milk is loaded with so much vital protection, yet there is still so much misinformation and so little help for moms who can and want to breastfeed, or want access to donor milk. I’d love to see all moms get educated, be able to make an informed decision about what is best for themselves and their babies, and get all the support they need to succeed.” Read more.
Laila Ali, former boxing champ and daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, shares her birth story and how she avoided the “bottle Booby Trap” with her second child. She reveals why she chose a doula (labor specialist) to help her have the best birth experience and how she succeeded with breastfeeding. Don’t miss her empowering, motivating advice for moms! Also see the excerpts on People.com and here too.
Actress Jenna Elfman shares her amazing story of her challenging breastfeeding experience, and how she donated her breastmilk to a drug-addicted baby in Part I of our interview with her. (Click here for the article preview on People.com’s Moms & Babies.) Read how she over came the Booby Traps to have a wonderful and successful breastfeeding experience with her second baby, her “run-in” with the TSA, and her adventures of nursing in public in Part II of our interview! (Click here for an excerpt on People.com) New! Don’t miss Jenna sharing HER mother’s breastfeeding story for Mother’s Day, 2011!
In our exclusive interview with actress Kaitlin Olson, star of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, opens up about her plans to have a home birth, her intention to breastfeed, and the influence of a holistic family on her decision-making. The daughter of Earth Mama Angel Baby founders Melinda & Don Olson, Kaitlin sets a powerful example for moms. Read the hotly commented excerpt on People.com. New! Kaitlin and her mom, Melinda Olson, swap breastfeeding stories to close out Mother’s Day 2011.
Actress Alysia Reiner shares her story of being inspired by our interview with Gabby Reece to breastfeed longer than she had planned, and how she donated her breastmilk to a friend who was having difficulty breastfeeding. We hope her story raises awareness of the next best choice to mothers’ own milk, and the need for more human milk banks. Click here to read the story on People.com’s Moms & Babies, and don’t miss Alysia sharing about HER mother’s breastfeeding experience for Mother’s Day 2011.
“I think it’s beautiful what you’re doing and incredible. I think the fact that you’ve come together, and that you are doing this shows that things are shifting in the world. Thank you!” — Kelly Rutherford, actress, The Gossip GirlsRead our exclusive breastfeeding interview with Kelly Rutherford, in which she shares how she overcame breastfeeding challenges and went on to tandem nurse her son Hermes, 3 and newborn daughter Helena. For the People.com Moms & Babies excerpt, click here, and don’t miss Kelly sharing HER mother’s breastfeeding experience for Mother’s Day 2011.
“I am proud to support the Best for Babes Campaign to help moms who want to breastfeed get off to the best start and avoid obstacles to breastfeeding.” For our exclusive interview with Gabby Reece for Celebrity Baby Blog (Now People’s Moms and Babies), click here!Gabrielle Reece
Former professional athlete, health & fitness advocate, writer and TV host, The Honey Line
“Even just sitting on the sidelines, there has been no other pleasure like watching that connection and that bond between my wife and son as they are nursing. I watch him eat and smile, and giggle, while they look into each other’s eyes. To see that relationship, well, that was and still is the precious gift that I get out of this deal. And for that I am grateful.” In our exclusive interview, Baltimore Raven’s Justin Forsett had no qualms talking breastfeeding – a subject about which he knew little before his son Judah was born. Forsett and his wife, former U.S. Olympic Volleyballer Angie Forsett, joined our annual Miracle Milk™ Stroll in May Baltimore. A 2015 starting Running Back for the Ravens, Forsett is one of 8 finalists for the Art Rooney Sporstsmanship of 2015 Award and is one of the coolest dads ever!
“Breastfeeding is easier [than fixing cars], by far! But you have to be positive, peaceful, and patient; that’s my mantra. Breastfeeding is a great bonding experience, there is nothing like it. I feel so blessed.” Courtney Hansen – Power Nation host and author of The Garage Girl’s Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Your Car – attributes her breastfeeding success to her positive attitude, support from her husband Jay, and the information she received from her prenatal breastfeeding class and lactation consultants at the hospital. Hansen is helping Best for Babes raise funds and awareness about the Prenatal Booby Traps® through the annual We’ve Got Your Back, Babe Nationwide Fitness Challenge & Campaign. Read more in our exclusive interview.
Angie Forsett is a former U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team member, and daughter of basketball legend and coach Paul Pressey, She and her husband, Baltimore Raven’s Justin Forsett, attended the Miracle Milk™ Stroll in May Baltimore with their son Judah, and also appeared on behalf of Best for Babes as keynote speakers at the March 2014 First Food Forum.
“I truly believe that Pumping for Preemies is the reason I won Mrs. United States. I think that there were 54 other beautiful, intelligent, inspirational role models who were competing for Mrs. United States, but I believe the work I’m doing is so important and legitimate that the judges chose me to carry on this crown.” Katie Garza, Mrs. USA 2015
Katie Garza, Mrs. USA 2015, is mom to three girls, all born premature, and the founder of Pumping for Preemies.
“As a physician, I always recommend mother’s milk as the ideal food for newborns. Not only does breastfeeding provide essential nutrients for healthy growth; breast-fed babies have stronger immunity and have a measure of protection against diabetes, asthma, and many other health problems. They even have a few extra IQ points, compared with their formula-fed friends. Best for Babes provides a wealth of information about breastfeeding and with the first-hand experience of Danielle and Bettina, you will be left informed, inspired and supported as you build a healthy foundation for your baby’s future.” Neal Barnard, M.D.
“My daughter Chase nearly drowned on the day I came home from the hospital with my new baby. We were all given a second chance because of the optional life-saving skills my husband learned while we were expecting our first child, and it prompted us to found C.H.A.S.E. for Life to ensure that everyone could learn, for free, CPR and choking maneuvers. Breastfeeding is also a life-saving skill, and we are proud to support and congratulate the Best For Babes pioneers. Giving the masses the tools and encouragement needed PRIOR to becoming a parent to ensure success and health is something we both have in common. Learning how to start a life, and how to save a life, is something every parent should have access to!” Farley Boyle
Former model and Founder, C.H.A.S.E. for Life
“I am so excited about this organization! What a WONDERFUL mission. I am a full-time working mom (corporate attorney) and I had to really fight to create a corporate lactation program at the company I worked for. It was a real uphill battle and the misperceptions of breastfeeding are real and prevalent. I was criticized by both male and female colleagues for my decision but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I know that a lot of working mothers give up on breastfeeding earlier than they would prefer to because of lack of support and negative workplace stigmas. Thank you for all that you are doing to help give breastfeeding a much needed make-over and provide support to all breastfeeding women!” For Mrs. Ingraham’s story, click here.Juanita Ingraham
Mrs. U.S. Beauties 2009