One of your comments from earlier this week got me thinking about celebrities and breastfeeding - and whether they make it easier for the rest of us.
This has been a banner year for babies born to famous women, and many of them are breastfed. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who noticed that Angelina Jolie was wearing a nursing bra in those photos of her baby. Then there was Katie Holmes, Gweneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Geri Halliwell, Rachel Weisz, and Gwen Steffani - who appears to be putting the red leopard skin nursing bra on the map.
You can find plenty more on the breastfeeding section of the Celebrity Baby Blog, which even keeps track of which stars nursed twins (Julia Roberts), pumped on the set (Jennifer Garner), and nursed after breast implant surgery (you might be surprised). Breastfeeding.com also has a page devoted to famous breastfeeding mothers.
My favorite quote on the Celebrity Baby Blog is from Adam Sandler, who describes his role in supporting his wife in breastfeeding: "I just cheer on my wife. I say, 'Good feeding!' a lot. 'Way to go.' 'Nice milk.'"
Some of the celebrity mothers talk about how breastfeeding helped them lose weight after their babies were born, but many, like Courtney Cox Arquette and Catherine Zeta-Jones, talk about the connection it provides with their babies and about the health benefits it provides.
So, the question is: Does it matter? Does hearing about famous women breastfeeding make it easier for regular folks like us, or are they too far out of the mainstream to make a difference?