If I had only known when I had my first . . . I definitely experienced a lot of challenges. As a result, I’m on a mission with every pregnant woman I see! I’ll ask, “So are you planning to breastfeed? Have you prepared?” If anyone had told me what to expect, or had given me some pointers, I would have been able to have a very different experience. ~Jenna Elfman
“Breastfeeding is a natural “safety net” against the worst effects of poverty. If the child survives the first month of life (the most dangerous period of childhood) then for the next four months or so, exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way toward canceling out the health difference between being born into poverty and being born into affluence …. It is almost as if breastfeeding takes the infant out of poverty for those first few months in order to give the child a fairer start in life and compensate for the injustice of the world into which it was born.” ~James P. Grant, former Executive Director, UNICEF.
Jada Pinkett Smith in an interview with Fit Pregnancy: How long did you breastfeed Jaden? JPS: “A good 18 months. 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.”
When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature’s evolution. Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren’t sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form. ~Christine Northrup
Salma Hayek on the global reaction to pictures and videos of her nursing a starving Sierra Leone baby: “I never understood the big deal . . . I wasn’t exposing my breast. There was nothing sexual about it. It was an act of compassion. I would do it again [. . .] If you are carrying these buckets of milk, and not using them, and then all of a sudden there are these starving children desperate for milk, is it right to throw the milk on the ground?”
There must be reasons why we men are so hipped on breasts, as if we’d all been weaned too soon. ~Gunter Grass
Mary Louise Parker at the 2004 Golden Globes: “Janel Moloney just told me she would pay me $1,000 if I thanked my newborn son for making my boobs look so good in this dress.”
When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women? In some ways we’re as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever. And the madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure. ~Anna Quindlen
It is really cute when they are nursing together. He just looks at her, and checks her out, and puts his hand on her little feet. It gives him this close-up intimate look at her, and it’s very beautiful to see them to kind of get to know each other. When a child is starting to be independent, to be able to come back to the mother and hold on, they are processing things when they are nursing. The world is a big place for us, imagine what it is for them. For children, it’s a nurturing, cuddly place to come back to that’s safe, where they can process the world that they are in. I see my son processing, and my daughter already; they sit, they look at you, they are safe, they have a moment to breathe, to be nurtured. ~Kelly Rutherford on tandem breastfeeding
If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers’ needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market. The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically. Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence. ~Gabrielle Palmer
I think we all have more strength and power within us than we know. I became a BfB Champion for Moms because they are all about empowering moms about their feeding decisions and surrounding them with positive people and the education they need to succeed. ~Laila Ali
I look at breastfeeding the same way I look at fitness: it’s about taking care of yourself. You need to be around people who support and nurture you at a very vulnerable time. Best for Babes is helping to change the 360 degree world around new moms so they get that support. ~ Gabrielle Reece
Alysia Reiner, on donating her breastmilk: “I had a freezer full of liquid gold and didn’t want it to go to waste.”
I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament. ~Alanis Morissette for Reader’s Digest, March 2000
Do you have any favorite breastfeeding quotes?