According to the CDC, it’s best to breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first six months of their life. Breastfeeding provides important nutritional and immune function support that can’t be fully replicated with formula. Afterward, it’s recommended to continue breastfeeding for an additional six months while supplementing with solids.
Breastfeeding is often challenging – it’s a skill that takes practice and some factors are beyond your control, like if baby can’t latch or your milk supply isn’t coming in. There are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help make the process smoother for both mom and baby.
The following celebrities opened up about their breastfeeding experiences, including what did (and didn’t) work for them. Remember, whether you breastfeed, formula-feed, or use a combination of both, what matters is that baby is fed and healthy!
Kim Swears By Nipple Shields
Nipple shields are a thin, flexible layer of fabric that sits overtop of the nipple and areola when nursing. They have a small hole to allow milk to pass through but work to protect the nipples from irritation.
As per Buzzfeed, Kim Kardashian said she was recommended nipple shields in the hospital after giving birth. She took some home and said she “never looked back.” The reality star said it protected her nipples while also helping her infant to feed better.
Chrissy Chose To Supplement
Many people struggle to produce enough breast milk, including Chrissy Teigen. Opening up about her breastfeeding experience to PEOPLE, the model said she wasn’t producing enough milk due to postpartum depression. That’s when she decided to supplement with formula. Chrissy emphasized that there should be no shame in choosing to supplement.
Mandy Breastfed At Work
The This is Us star said she didn’t want to choose between breastfeeding and returning to work. So, Mandy Moore found something that works for her – nursing on the job.
Discussing her experience on Instagram, the actress admitted breastfeeding wasn’t always easy, especially on the go. But she encourages moms to discover what works best for them, as she found breastfeeding to be a “rewarding” experience.
Mila Is Proud To Nurse In Public
Mila Kunis shares two children with her husband Ashton Kutcher. In 2016, she opened up to Vanity Fair about the criticism she received for nursing her babies in public. The actress said, “I support every woman’s choice” to breastfeed how they want, and for her, that meant doing it on the go.
She added that there’s nothing sexual in breastfeeding, and passersby should be able to look on ahead. After all, nursing in public is about nursing a child that needs to be fed.
Serena: It’s Okay To Cry When It Stops
Breastfeeding can be an emotional experience, even when you stop nursing. Tennis champion Serena Williams admitted that she cried when she stopped breastfeeding her daughter Olympia. As Hello Magazine reports, the athlete worried that the end of nursing would be harder on her baby. But she was surprised when it was more emotional for her.
Khloe Used A Lactation Consultant
Khloe Kardashian said she struggled to breastfeed her daughter True from the beginning. She worked with a lactation consultant to improve her supply and positioning. She even tried other remedies, like lactation cookies, power pimping, and massages. Ultimately, the reality star said she stopped nursing after a long struggle to make it work.
Hilary Looked At Her Diet
Hilary Duff is a mom of three, but after welcoming her daughter Banks in 2018, the actress said she struggled to breastfeed. When she started pumping after returning to work, Hilary’s milk supply started decreasing.
In an Instagram post, she said that she relied on changes to her diet to help boost her supply. This included fenugreek, fennel, and pills aimed at promoting lactation, What to Expect notes. Still, the celebrity said she couldn’t help but feel like “a failure all the time” because of her nursing challenges.
Jessica: I Stopped Earlier Than I Wanted
Even if a mom wants to breastfeed for a full year, it doesn’t always work out that way. Jessica Alba revealed she had to stop breastfeeding earlier than she wanted due to her work schedule. The actress said it’s important to be proud “for doing the best” you can, given your circumstances.
Kristen Struggled With Mastitis
Mastitis is an infection in the breast tissue, which can result in pain, redness, and inflammation. Kristen Bell developed this uncomfortable condition several times while breastfeeding her daughters, which she said made the experience challenging.
Even more, the Veronica Mars alum acknowledged that it’s okay to feel weird about transitioning to nursing full-time, noting that it challenged her autonomy.
Whitney: It’s Okay Not To Love Nursing
Some moms are sad when their breastfeeding journey ends. But others can’t wait for it to be over, like Whitney Port. The actress, who welcomed her son Sonny in 2017, has been vocal about her struggles with nursing.
In one video shared on social media, The Hills alum said she’s “not obsessed with breastfeeding” – and that’s totally okay. More recently, she said she wishes she didn’t put as much pressure on herself to nurse for so long.
Shay Kept Asking For Advice
Shay Mitchell – who’s pregnant with her second child – turned to everyone she knew for breastfeeding advice. The Pretty Little Liars alum said that not only was she “googling everything online,” but she also asked her friends and family who’d nurse if they had any advice.
Amy Says It’s Okay To Stop
Breastfeeding is more challenging for some moms than others, so it’s okay to stop if it’s taking a toll on you. During an appearance on Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast, Amy Schumer revealed her son struggled to latch. She tried to pump but found it took a toll on her mental health.
In the end, the comedian decided to cut back on the pumping sessions before stopping breastfeeding altogether, Buzzfeed reports. She says moms should do what’s best for them.
Kelly: Don’t Be Hard On Yourself
Kelly Rowland became a first-time mother in January when she welcomed her son Noah. But she says breastfeeding has been harder than expected due to low milk supply. Speaking to Parents Magazine, the singer says she believes being hard on herself was “mentally limiting” her supply. She encourages mothers not to be hard on themselves.
Remember, whether you breastfeed exclusively, choose to use formula, or do a combination of both, all that matters is your baby is fed. Breastfeeding can be challenging and is a unique process for everyone. Don’t be hard on yourself, mama!
Sources: PEOPLE Magazine, Hello Magazine, What to Expect, Vanity Fair, Parents Magazine, Buzzfeed, Us Weekly, CDC,
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