Monday, March 25, 2013

Famous Formula Feeders

celebrities who use baby formula


The decision to formula feed a baby is usually a tough decision for mothers. It makes it even worse when the media and celebrities encourage and brag about how wonderful and amazing breastfeeding is. "Breast is best" gets shoved down our throats.

Well, for many mothers, including myself, breast wasn't best. Due to the medications I was on during labor and his NICU stay, my milk never really came in. It was devastating to me, but life went on and Harry thrived on his formula.

I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of celebrities who have fed their babies formula. I know I would have loved to read something like this that first month since it shows that people who appear to be perfect are in fact, human like all of us.

Jennifer Lopez
In 2008 J-Lo got quite a bit of flack for coming out and saying she formula fed her twins, Max and Emme, from birth. Her reasoning was because her mother formula fed her and since she turned out fine, it would be fine for her babies. A lot of people thought she was misinformed with that information, but I say more power to her! She did what she felt was best for her babies, and they are now happy and healthy five year olds.

Beyonce
With Bey's crazy lifestyle it's no wonder she only breastfed Blue Ivy for 10 weeks before switching to formula. In this article she's quoted as saying she loved the experience, so it's kind of surprising that she switched so soon, but I'm in no place to judge. She did what was right for her family at the time.

Kristin Cavallari
This one's a bit of a head scratcher. According to this article, Kristin breastfed her son Camden for six months. She grew tired of it and decided to wean. No problem there. However, instead of regular baby formula, she gives Cam some "goat's milk concoction." She doesn't specify what exactly that is, but regular animal milk can be hard on little tummies, and isn't recommended as a main source of nutrition.

Molly Simms
Didn't think babies could be born with teeth? Well, Molly Simms' baby Brooks was! She told Anderson Cooper she breastfed him for three months before proudly calling it quits.

Brooke Shields
In what was possibly a formula industry first, Brooke Shields signed on as a spokesperson for Bright Beginnings formula back in 2003. The ad quoted the actress as using the formula with her daughter Rowan. I also found this press release, which states she breastfed and supplemented with the formula, partly due to her battle with postpartum depression. See the ad here.

Giuliana Rancic
This one could be cheating since Giuliana and Bill had little Eddie Duke via a surrogate, but it's been difficult finding celebrities that have admitted to formula feeding. Here's a link to a sweet video the couple took of feeding Duke his first bottle, just after he was born.

That's all I could find, although I'm sure there are many more celebrities who have made the decision to use formula for one reason or another. I just wish they didn't feel the need to be so secretive about it. Being a mom is tough work, and we should all be celebrated regardless of the way we feed our babies!

Check out the Fearless Formula Feeder blog for some awesome information and support!

Do you know any other formula feeding celebrities? Let us know in the comments! Discussion is welcome, but comments degrading someone's choice to use formula will not be tolerated. Please be respectful!

11 comments:

  1. While I understand that formula feeding isn't always the parents choice and it IS awful that 'breast is best' gets thrown out a lot.. I have to say that there are plenty of people who go in the other direction as well. Meaning: even breastfeeders get a lot of judging and "why are you doing that!?".

    Unfortunately, no matter what you choose, there will be a nay-sayer. That's an unfortunate, yet common occurrence in today's world.

    I'm an advocate of doing whatever is best for you and your child. I won't push in either direction. Anyone who pushes or makes someone feel guilty needs to mind their own business!

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  2. As a breast-feeding mom, I got a lot of beef whenever I breast fed my child in public. It's unfortunate that they campaign "breast is best," but when they see you feeding your child in public it's all of the sudden inappropriate. My child is now older and I am still breastfeeding a few times a day, and my mom (who is an avid formula supporter) keeps telling me that my child is too old for the boob.

    I feel like no matter what we choose to do (breast or formula), we will be criticized. I'm just glad there are mom's out there like you who support us no matter what!

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  3. I'm big believer of do whatever is best for YOUR family.

    I wish breast-feeding would have worked for us, but it just didn't with both my kids.

    We all have enough mommy guilt we don't need an extra dose ;)

    And I agree while the media pushes "breast is best" they don't exactly put their money where their mouth is. They do not approve of mothers out in public and make it seem very foreign.

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  4. I exclusively breastfed for about 4 months and then I had to supplement with formula. I was so hard on myself about it and especially when we made the switch to all formula at around 5 ½ months. I felt so guilty, like I failed somehow. I think a lot of those feelings came from the push that “breast is best” and just how judgmental other moms can be. I hated to feed Lily a bottle in public because I was afraid of being labeled as a bad mom. Those people that I thought might judge me didn’t know that I had done everything I could think of to boost my dwindling supply. I drank specials teas, made lactation cookies, and added extra pumping sessions. But then again, some of the other ladies are right, if I had been breastfeeding in public, I probably would have been judged, too. I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter what you choose, there will always be those out there that have something to say about it! I have tried really hard to not let the mommy guilt to me! My daughter is a healthy, happy baby and that is the only thing that matters.

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  5. When your "milk never really came in", did you seek help from an LC or attend a La Leche League meeting? A rare 2% of new moms truly can't produce enough milk, yet most formula-feeding moms seem to use the excuse. I realize that BFing isn't as popular as formula, but breast truly is best. It is painful and exhausting at first, but sometimes moms just have to tough it out. I'm pretty sure no one is bragging about cracked and bleeding nipples and newborn marathon nursing sessions while you're out and about not worrying about where you're going to feed your baby so as not to be judged or offend anyone.

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  6. Anonymous, it was from working with an LC that I learned that my milk never really came in. At 4 days old, DJ had already lost over 13% of his birth weight. It was the LC who handed us the first little bottle of Similac. I cried. We saw her weekly for about the first six weeks, and through weighed feeds, we learned that he never got more than 2 ounces of breast milk per feeding. Two measly ounces per feeding! At most!

    I can't literally say that I did everything. After weighing the pros and cons, I wasn't willing to try Reglan or domperidone—the former can cause PPD (I figured DJ was better off with a well-adjusted mommy who gave him formula than a depressed mommy who might be able to give him a bit more breast milk), and the latter is ... not actually legal. But I did fenugreek, blessed thistle, brewer's yeast, ate so much oatmeal that I should have the Quaker dude tattooed on my butt. When we first started DJ on formula, we used a supplemental nursing system (SNS), which is basically like trying to shove a nipple and a wet spaghetti noodle into a squirming newborn's head. When we realized that "stimulation" wasn't what my boobs needed to be goaded into making more milk, we just used a bottle for the formula ... and I won't lie, I was grateful to be rid of the SNS.

    So, for as long as possible, I gave DJ a combo of breast milk and formula—nursing at home, pumping when I got back to work. (I could fill a 5-ounce Medela bottle by pumping a.m. and p.m. for two days. It took two days of pumping to fill one bottle!) And until he hit 3.5 months, DJ was content with that. Then ... he started rejecting the breast. As in, I'd offer, he'd latch and nurse for a few minutes, then he'd stop and cry. He'd cry! After talking to his pediatrician at his 4-month well-baby check, I made the wrenching decision to nurse him at night (when he'd be most likely to take it), pump during the day at work—but not at home with him—and let the chips fall where they may. Then, last week, after watching my supply dwindle and having DJ start rejecting the breast even at night, I decided to stop pumping. He got his last bottle of pumped milk last Thursday night, and I nursed him for the last time on Saturday night ... when he was sleepy, and I was as engorged as I ever get (and, after two days of no pumping or nursing, was about as engorged as a normal woman gets after being a little late with one feeding).

    I cannot tell you how heartbroken I have been over the situation. Being able to EBF was an important part of the mommy I wanted to be. I feel like my body has failed me. I always hated the way my boobs looked, but I assumed they'd function when I needed them to. Not only do they not function, the way they look is a hallmark of why they don't function. (Go Google "insufficient glandular tissue"—I'll wait.)

    Also, after the initial learning curve, breastfeeding is easier. Hungry baby? Offer a boob. As opposed to formula feeding: Hungry baby? Fix the bottle and wait impatiently for it to warm up why baby fusses and cries.

    But I'm trying to remind myself that breastfeeding is just one part of the puzzle. Even though he's on all formula now, I can still wait another month to start him on solids. When he does start solids, I can still give him homemade organic foods and not processed crap in a jar. I can still delay his exposure to TV and other screen time until he's at least two. I can still not give him juice at home and make sure he doesn't even know what a chicken nugget is until he's at least in kindergarten. And most of all, I can still snuggle him, play with him, read to him, sing and "dance" with him, smother his belly and cheeks with kisses, and remind myself that, after years of infertility, I'm blessed to have him at all.

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  7. thanks for sharing this! everyone has to do what is best for their baby!

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  8. Thank you LauraMuch! I really needed to read that!

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  9. Breast is best for every baby ... we were des
    igned to produce milk for our babies for a reason .. to make up excuses for not giving your baby what it NEEDS is absolutely absurd

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  10. Breast is best for every baby ... we were des
    igned to produce milk for our babies for a reason .. to make up excuses for not giving your baby what it NEEDS is absolutely absurd

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    1. Sorry, you're absurd. And fueling the mommy wars helps NO ONE. Would you judge your best friend for formula feeding her baby, if it was best for her family? I'll keep your comment up, but as you can see in the post, comments like yours are not welcome here.

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