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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!