This was the first year I did not nurse my son at all. He self-weaned at Christmas last year, so it's a real treat for me to celebrate the nursing moms of 2009 and their nurslings in all their cozy preciousness!
Good Will Nursing
Let's start the roundup with "the latch heard round the world," Salma Hayek. While on a goodwill trip to Sierra Leone, Salma breastfed a very hungry baby boy whose own mother had no milk. Because their culture places a stigma on women breast feeding, Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world, highly due to malnutrition. Salma wanted to help dispel the pressure these mothers feel to stop breastfeeding, and thought her daughter (who she was still breastfeeding at the time) would definitely support her decision. "Am I being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away?" Hayek said. "I actually think my baby would be very proud to share her milk. And when she grows up I'm going to make sure she continues to be a generous, caring person."
Here's a link to the video. It brought tears to my eyes.
Many Happy Returns!
We've got other many moms making the roundup for the second time.
I'm sure if Jennifer Garner and I ran in the same circles, we'd totally be best friends. :-) She's so down-to-earth, and her approach to motherhood seems so relaxed. Jennifer's slated to grace the cover of "W" magazine in January 2010's issue, (already on newstands) and inside the magazines pages, she discusses motherhood and nursing baby daughter Seraphina: “the coziest feeling in the whole world.” After nursing daughter Violet well into toddlerhood, Jennifer knows cozy!
Nicole Richie was featured here last year as nursing mom to daughter Harlow. Now, a year later, Harlow is on to potty training and new baby son Sparrow is the one nursing. While Dad Joel Madden muses Nicole doesn't have to do much to get her figure back, Nicole credits breastfeeding for her weight loss. " I’m breastfeeding, so that sucks the life out of you," she says. (I would have to agree it feels that way some days.)
Check out these pictures of Madden/Richie family courtesy of Celebrity Baby Blog.
Kelly Rutherford was nursing toddler son Hermés last time we checked in, and now she's nursing 6-month old daughter Helena Grace, and gives all the credit to her for the post-baby weight loss. “If I can fit into my jeans like this forever, all of my kids will be nursed for longer,” Kelly jokes.
Are You My "Mother?"
Adorable Alyson Hannigan who currently stars in "How I Met Your Mother" (but I remember her as "band camp" girl from American Pie) is favorite of mine. Here's Alyson discussing how daughter Satyana's mommy milk diet helped her return to her pre-baby figure in this video from People.com
I confess. I adored Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher's colorful, chic wardrobe inspired me to start wearing clothes with more pop. So how delighted was I to discover that her outfits were all breastfeeding friendly?! This high fashion that looked like the best of Project Runway was "all breastfeeding proof – they could be whipped off in a minute and then put back on," Isla explained. Isla gets more kudos for nursing past the one year mark with her daughter Olive. (Then) 15-month daughter Olive and Isla are were still going strong during the premiere of "Confessions" in February, and mom intends to go the distance. “I am still breastfeeding. I’m only going to stop when Olive goes to university." Well, maybe not quite that long, but no doubt Olive's nursing got Isla red-carpet ready. While she says she did work with a personal trainer, Isla believes breastfeeding helped her lose most of the 60 pounds she gained while pregnant.
Heidi Klum has her hands full with four little ones, including newborn daughter, Lou. Heidi finds having her baby close makes nursing easier. "At the moment Lou needs me enormously. Not only because of breastfeeding but also because she needs to be close to her mother. She will sleep now for a year with us in our bedroom - just as her siblings did. It's easier at night if she is hungry."
And, is it just me, or is Heidi even more gorgeous without makeup?
As a huge Top Chef fan, I was delighted to hear that Chef Tom Collichio's newborn son is getting the best food ever, "He's only on breast milk right now, " Tom explained. This meal will baby Luka's favorite menu item every time!
Nicole Kidman, who credits breastfeeding daughter Sunday for her voluptuous figure while shooting the movie Nine. "When you've had a slightly androgynous body your whole life, having breasts is a nice feeling."
With twins to feed, Julie Bowen (now starring in in the hit comedy Modern Family) takes every opportunity multitask, including pumping and driving. Unfortunately, she asks a police officer for directions, forgetting she's still attached to her pump. Sounds like a story line on her show!
This isn't a comprehensive list by far. If I've missed your favorite celebrity mom (or dad), post a comment and let us who and why!
Wishing you Happy Holidays and a 2010 filled with lots of (little) blessings!
Kelly Prince is the mom of two breastfeeding graduates, Anabel 11, and Austin, 3 1/2 , both of whom were both "too busy" to pose for a picture.