America Ferrera, Chrissy Teigen And Other Celebrity Moms Celebrate Breastfeeding

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

The first week in August is National Breastfeeding Week, but the entire month is being celebrated as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. To honor the occasion, many are taking to social media to highlight the amazing benefits of breastfeeding, but to also help normalize the act. Though breastfeeding in public is legal in all 50 states, many are still shamed and told to cover up.  

In an effort to bring more awareness to the amazingness of breastfeeding — wherever and whenever it might happen — many celebrity moms are using their large social media platforms to share their experiences. With hundreds of thousands to millions of followers, each of these moms can spread far-reaching messages of positivity. 

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1. Candice Swanepoel

"Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. 💪🏼💙 👫👭 #mothernature"

2. America Ferrera

"They're my boobies, and I'll feed where I want to- feed where I want to - feeeeed where I want to...🎶 #worldbreastfeedingweek"

3. Chrissy Teigen

"Luna making me feed her babydoll so I guess I have twins now"

4. Thandie Newton

"Perfect happiness @latitudefest This is what my body is made for. And the rest is my choice. #Freedom"

5. Jaime King

"#JamesKnight is now 8 months old! These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)"

6. Alyssa Milano

"#tbt 2014 Wonder Woman! #normalizebreastfeeding"

7. Jamie Lynn Sigler

"All my fellow mommies that deal with MS or anything that causes them to have to make choices they didn't necessarily want to.. this is for you. I'm having to stop breastfeeding soon so I can get back on meds. The truth is, the toll of two kids and a newborn lifestyle is not the easiest on me.. and I need some help. What sucks is that I live with a disease that makes decisions for me a lot , and with breastfeeding I took SUCH pride that I was able to do something really awesome with this body that I am constantly at war with. This little guys tummy is struggling with the formula, and I KNOW we will both be fine, but I'm emotionally having to deal with the guilt and sadness that is coming along with weaning us both off this magical time. Any advice from my fellow mommies on how this can be any easier ? Xxxxx"

8. Liv Tyler

"Sunday morning snuggles with my baby girl. So grateful for this precious gift."

9. Hilaria Baldwin

"Rafa's favorite spot 💙. There is no one right way to feed our babies, but this week marks #nationalbreastfeedingweek and I would like to extend my support to mothers who have taken this path 💛. In the end, regardless of our methods, #AllMommiesUnite and whatever way we love and nurture our children is beautiful, perfect and inspiring ❤️"

10. Karolina Kurkova

"Taking a moment today to give thanks for the gift of breastfeeding 🙏🏻 Nature had things figured out long before we did and I believe there is no better source of nutrition for our babies than a mother's milk, when we are able to breastfeed. It's not an easy process, but I encourage you to not give up! It was challenging for me at the start, but I am loving every step of this journey. I celebrate the women who have made this beautiful commitment!! ❤️❤️❤️ I would love to see your #breastfeedingselfie, post or tag a friend who is #breastfeeding XOXO, KK #14weeksandcounting #kkhealthyliving#kkstyle #kkbbaby2 #grateful

11. Padma Lakshmi

"A shout out to working Moms everywhere!! #TBT#topchefmemories #littehands #nursing"

12. Doutzen Kroes

"This is the beginning of a month long celebration of the joy, the pain, the challenges & the triumphs of breastfeeding. Mother Nature is deeply invested in breastfeeding & we are uniquely designed to feed our young. Breastmilk provides information, not just nutrition- it's a complex form of communication that is dependent on the endocrine system, the emotional body, the brain and the physical body.  _ Besides the wonderful life long bond & deeply rooted connection you establish with your baby, breastfeeding also encourages the uterus to contract back to its normal size. Breastfeeding can burn up to 600 calories daily- so you need to eat & stay well hydrated to maximize production. From breastfeeding alone you may lose a pound of pregnancy weight every week. Breastfeeding is also linked to lower lower incidences of breast cancer later in life.  I'd like to honor the serious challenges that can make it difficult & nearly impossible for some women to manage breastfeeding. These are the result of policy gaps & a culture that doesn't honor women, the sacred birth process, motherhood or women's bodies. Some of the manifestations include stress and anxiety, challenges at home or work; extended separation of mother & baby at birth; having to go back to work shortly after birth, difficulty latching that results in pain for the mother and frustration for both mother and baby; & low milk production. These issues also exacerbated by existential stress, PPD, dehydration, & poor diet. Engorgement & improper latching are two of the most common hurdles to comfortable breastfeeding. Many women give up breastfeeding after the first few weeks postpartum due to pain, discomfort & no paid maternity leave. Support and community is key. Having healthy models for breastfeeding and advocates can increase breastfeeding success. My friend Latham Tomas and her @mamaglow team will be sharing tips, tools, anecdotal stories & inspiration as we honor the incredible work our bodies do to feed our young.  I'm so grateful to have had people like her as an example in my life and we should al share our stories to #normalizebreastfeeding That shouldn't even be a hashtag!! #worldbreastfeedingweek ♥️"

13. Kelly Rowland

"My only sunshine......you make me happy, when skies are grey" #TITAN #LIFE"

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