These eager to #NormaliseBreastfeeding celeb mums are passionate about their right to nurse their children their way.

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Breastfeeding is not surprisingly an evergreen topic. However, this natural act of offering sustenance to a child can often be a lightning rod for criticism, especially over whether mothers should or should not nurse their babies in public.

 

Indeed, breastfeeding in public can be extremely polarising as some quarters will express disapproval even as others applaud your gutsiness.

 

So, prominent mothers sometimes use their celebrity to make a stand for breastfeeding. These women not only post pictures on social media, they also share their breastfeeding experiences on TV and in magazines.

 

These mothers haven’t just embraced the power of their bodies and proven that they are not just all about glitz and glam, they have clapped back empathetically at the trolls who have dared to diss them.

 

Scroll through the gallery to get inspired by the fearless famous mums who have shown that they are proud to breastfeed their babies.

1. Pink, 39

Popular singer Pink spoke out for #NormaliseBreastfeeding on the Ellen DeGeneres show when the talk show host said, “It’s such a weird thing that people have such strong opinions about breastfeeding. It’s a child, and it needs to eat”. Responding, the mother to son Jameson, 2, and daughter Willow, 8, said that people always have “strong opinions about things that don’t affect them at all… I’m feeding my kid. Would you rather him scream? Because he’s very capable of that, too.” Photo: Instagram/Pink

2. Melody Chen, 41

After a two miscarriages and a failed IVF, media personality Melody Chen finally delivered twins — a boy, Reuben, and a girl, Maegan ― in October 2017. However, since her little ones were premature, it was a “harrowing start to [their] parenthood journey, from the emergency C-section to the constant worry about their survival”. Married to actor Randall Tan, 45, the new mum was open about tandem nursing her preemies, saying in one post “No holiday for this twin mama! 👶🏻👶🏻 It’s business as usual at the tandem milk bar!” In another frank post, she paid tribute to new mothers “trying their best to wing motherhood as best as they know how”. Acknowledging that the journey isn’t easy, she added, “…for now, bring on that double chin, nursing wear, sore mom boobs, and tandem breastfeeding. I love motherhood.” Photo: Instagram/Melody Chen

3. Chrissy Teigen, 33

Social media star Chrissy Teigen doesn’t get defensive about her right to breastfeed because she uses humour and wit to deflect her critics. The American model, cookbook author and mum of two, who has 25.2 million followers on Instagram, has not shied from posting about her breastfeeding moments. Check out the Instagram photo of her on a roller coaster ride holding her boobs with the caption, “MY MILK.” Her husband John Legend, 40, has been a supportive spouse in his wife’s breastfeeding journey. The award-winning musician, who has nothing but praise for his spouse’s commitment to her “mommy duty”, even uploaded a picture of Teigen posing for the shot on Father’s Day while pumping in the car. Photo: Instagram/Chrissy Teigen

4. America Ferrera, 35

When Superstore actress America Ferrera wasn’t able to find a nursing room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to breastfeed her then 6-week-old son, Sebastian Piers in May last year, the new mum parked herself in the cafeteria. Although this drew disapproving looks from fellow museum-goers, she remained undaunted and “whipped them out because when baby’s gotta eat, baby’s gotta eat”! The Ugly Betty star, who is married to actor Ryan Piers Williams, 38, even wrote a defiant ditty about her right to nurse her child wherever she pleases. Posting on Instagram in honour of #WorldBreastfeedingWeek last August, she asserted, “They’re my boobies, and I’ll feed where I want to ― feed where I want to ― feeeeed where I want to...”. Photo: Instagram/America Ferrera

5. Miranda Kerr, 36 

After she gave birth to their son, Flynn, now 8, Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr was forced to defend the breastfeeding photo taken by her then husband actor Orlando Bloom. When the photo she’d posted on her blog went viral, Miranda said, “To me, it is the most natural thing in the world and I love it and the bonding time we have during these precious and beautiful moments… Honestly, I, for one can say there are more breasts being shown on a daily basis around the world in swimwear and low-cut dresses and tops than there are from breastfeeding mums.” Kerr, who has a year-old son with her second husband Evan Spiegel, 29, is now expecting her second child with the Snapchat creator. Photo: Show and Tell

6. Mila Kunis, 36

The That 70s Show actress announced on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! talk show that she was shamed for breastfeeding in public. “In the States and in our culture, we sexualize the breast so much that there’s an aspect of it that people just don’t know how to wrap their head around the idea of showing your breast in public,” she said. But the wife of Ashton Kutcher, her That 70s Show co-star, and mum to son Dimitri 2, and daughter, Wyatt, 4, was unfazed by others’ judgement because she believes she should feed her baby wherever she was. Likening breastfeeding to “working out”, she also credits it for helping her to shed her pregnancy weight.  Photo: Instagram/Mila Kunis

7. Rachel McAdams, 40

In another nod to the #NormaliseBreastfeeding campaign, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams posed for a powerful cover of the Girls.Girls.Girls fashion magazine in Versace, accessorised with Bulgari diamonds and a breast pump. As the shoot was done six months after giving birth to her son, now 1, with her screenwriter boyfriend Jamie Linden, The Notebook sweetheart was expressing/pumping between shots as she was still breastfeeding. In a lengthy Instagram post, Girls.Girls.Girls editor-in-chief Claire Rothstein, wrote, “Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of. I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great.” Photo: Instagram/Girls.Girls.Girls magazine

8. Candice Swanepoel, 30

The Victoria Secret model ― a mother of two sons aged 1 and 2 ― has been vocal about the benefits of breastfeeding in interviews and on social media. In December 2016, she uploaded a picture with a long caption about women getting kicked out of places for breastfeeding in public. “Breastfeeding is not sexual, it's natural”, she asserted. The model had also retaliated against those who fat-shamed her. Swanepoel stated on her Instagram story, “I'm not ashamed to show my postpartum tummy. I am proud actually. I carried my son for nine months in there.” Photo: Instagram/Candice Swanepoel

 

9. Olivia Wilde, 35

Actress Olivia Wilde went way beyond social media to show she supports breastfeeding. She actually fronted the September 2014 issue of Glamour magazine looking gorgeous in a long gown while breastfeeding her then baby son Otis. “Either I was going to do (breastfeeding) off-camera or on, and I thought, “You know what — shoot it, because this is part of my real life,” Wilde said. Although the shot received some backlash with Wilde accused of shaming mothers who do not breastfeed, the mum of two later said that breastfeeding is a complicated issue and a personal choice. "Certainly there should be no pressure on women to breastfeed, or they are made to seem like they are terrible mothers. I think that's really unfair,” noted the actress, mum to Daisy, 2, and Otis, now 5, with her partner actor Jason Sudeikis, 43. Photo: Instagram/Olivia Wilde

10. Gwen Stefani, 49

In 2014, American singer Gwen Stefani uploaded an Instagram picture of her breastfeeding her 5-month-old third son Apollo. The post drew attention, with fans and netizens heaping praises on her. MTV News even published an article with the title, “Gwen Stefani takes the best breastfeeding photo ever”. Seeing the image of Stefani sitting by the roadside nursing her swaddled baby against a gorgeous Swiss mountain backdrop, we can’t help but agree that the mother of sons now aged 5, 10 and 13, has indeed taken the best breastfeeding photo ever. Photo: Instagr am/Gwen Stefani