Celebrities Breast-Feeding: Why It Matters

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

Breast-feeding advocates believe that the more famous mums who nurse, the more accepted the practice will become.

In case you missed it, in the March 19 issue of TIME, Bonnie Rochman wrote about why you should care when celebrity mums breast-feed their babies.

Why, you ask? Because if you’re a celebrity, people pay attention to what you do. They copy your hairstyle (if you’re Jennifer Aniston), your zany style (if you’re Lady Gaga) and your propensity for breast-feeding in public (if you’re Gwen Stefani or Salma Hayek or, most recently, Beyoncé). Or at least that’s the hope.

So it was that breast-feeding advocates rejoiced when Beyoncé appeared to nurse her 7-week-old daughter, Blue Ivy, at a Manhattan restaurant last month. It was a shot in the arm for public breast-feeding, which has been waging a public-relations war in recent months as mothers have held nurse-ins across the country to normalise the concept of feeding hungry babies in public rather than retreating to bathrooms or other private, out-of-the-way spaces.

MORE: How Beyoncé’s Public Breast-Feeding Changes the Nursing-in-Public Debate

How have you found breast-feeding – difficult, easy, acceptable or challenging in public ?

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