10 Loud And Proud Formula Feeding Celebrity Moms

shutterstock_145894169Depending on who you hang out with, you may receive some pretty unpleasant judgment once you divulge the shocking fact that you are a formula feeding mom. There are hundreds of reasons to choose to formula feed exclusively or as a supplement, just as there are hundreds of reasons to breastfeed. But the law of parenting physics will tell you that if you make a parenting decision, someone, somewhere is going to judge it.

I personally don’t find anything wrong with formula feeding, and I don’t think it is my business if a friend decides to breastfeed or formula feed. I chose to breastfeed both of my sons for nine months and seven months, respectively. Part of my reasoning was because it was healthy and FREE. I also secretly hoped that breastfeeding would be the key to my postpartum weight loss, but no such luck.

However you decide to feed your baby, we are all in it together. There are thousands of moms who decide to breastfeed or formula feed exclusively. But as breastfeeding has become more mainstream with the Breast Is Best campaign, formula support is hard to come by.

It helps to know you’re in good company with countless other moms and even a few larger-than-life celebrities who were proud about their decision to formula feed:

1. Bethenny Frankel: Reality TV mogul mom supplemented formula with breast milk before introducing solids to her daughter.

2. Beyoncé: Bow down to the great Beyoncé, who breastfed for 10 weeks before using formula.

3. Brooke Shields: Supplemented with formula while breastfeeding and served as the spokeswoman for Bright Beginnings formula in 2007.

4. Christina Applegate: Double mastectomy breast cancer survivor proudly fed her daughter formula.

5. Giuliana Rancic: Prime candidate for formula feeding as her son was born via surrogate.

6. J Lo: Fed her adorable twin babies formula from birth.

7. Kristin Cavallari: Quit nursing her son at five months to make the formula switch and save time.

8. Molly Sims: Went for formula after finding breastfeeding painful.

9. Rachel Zoe: Fashionista was photographed feeding her son formula at three months.

10. Tamera Mowry-Housley: Happily admits that she stopped breastfeeding at seven months.

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    • Megan Zander

      I love this.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I LITERALLY DIED.

      • Butt Trophy Recipient

        Dying is what your baby will do if you stop breastfeeding them and switch to formula!

        *** runs away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Lackadaisical

        Was that you volunteering to take hormones so that you can produce milk to donate to mothers who can’t? What a kind man you are

      • Butt Trophy Recipient

        Um… (it’s not milk…)

      • noodlestein

        Sure it is! MAN MILK.

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      Bottlefeeding might be necessary if you have triplets that always eat at the same time…

      unless you’re that one alien chick from Total Recall

    • K.

      I love this too!

      So refreshing.

    • Joye77

      I love this! I didn’t breastfeed for one day with my 2nd son because it hurt so bad with the first. I hated it. I was never ashamed.

    • Momma425

      I started getting snarky when people judged me for EFF after one “friend” had the nerve to tell me how surprised she was about my decision to feed my daughter formula “after already having lost your first child” (my son was born still- had nothing to do with formula or breastfeeding).
      People would ask and I’d be all, “I think we’ll skip the formula and just try kool-aid.”
      Mind your own boobs!

      • SA

        OMG. That is a really shitty thing to say. Sorry for your loss.

      • Bethany Ramos

        Wow, that is awful.

      • Sarah

        omg :( I’m so sorry

      • mommystired

        that is the worst “friend” I have ever heard of. I am so sorry for your loss!!!

      • Ptownsteveschick

        My husband said that if people ask us if we are formula feeding this second time around, I should just answer them “No, we actually just got one of those huge bins of coffeemate from costco! We are saving so much money!”

      • momma425

        Love it! I refuse to accept talking about someone’s personal choice about what to do with her boobs as a normal and acceptable conversation topic.

      • Linzon

        My mouth actually dropped open as I was reading this. WTF is wrong with people?! I’m very sorry for your loss.

      • journalgal2

        People like that need a slap. So sorry for your loss. And LOVE your kool-aid response.

    • Sarah

      I can’t believe Kristin Cavawhatever doesn’t breastfeed. Doesn’t she know that all antivaxers EBF (barf) to boost their child’s immune system?! Now how is her baby gonna ward off measles?

      • amanda

        This is wrong, she didn’t switch to formula, she used a Goats milk recipe. I think it’s Weston A . Price Foundation.

      • Hannah

        Oh, so she’s even stupider than I thought possible.

    • Lackadaisical

      Wait, stopping breast at 7 months is considered being a non breastfeeding formula mum? If 7 months of breastfeeding is considered not proper breast feeding for quitting early then I know only 3 mums personally who breastfed.

      • SDM14

        Nearly all the mums I know breastfed for a year (at least). I know one who had supply issues and one who chose formula but otherwise all my girlfriends breastfeed until the one-year mark. So when my daughter weaned herself at nine months I was very upset because I really felt that I hadn’t “made it” the full year. (I’m in Canada, where most women take a year of maternity leave, so that makes breastfeeding for the full year more manageable.)
        There is so much pressure among the crunchy set to breastfeed that I really did feel like I quit too soon (even though my daughter wanted nothing to do with my boobs anymore). There is so much pressure on moms to do everything right.

      • Lackadaisical

        We also get a years maternity leave as I am in the UK but a year of breast feeding is rarer. The friends who breastfed for a year were all friends from university. Friends from my kids school, many who live in council houses, did often breast feed but tended to bottle feed when out and about and considered 3 – 6 months enough.

      • SDM14

        Nearly all the mums I know breastfed for a year (at least). I know one who had supply issues and one who chose formula but otherwise all my girlfriends breastfeed until the one-year mark. So when my daughter weaned herself at nine months I was very upset because I really felt that I hadn’t “made it” the full year. (I’m in Canada, where most women take a year of maternity leave, so that makes breastfeeding for the full year more manageable.)
        There is so much pressure among the crunchy set to breastfeed that I really did feel like I quit too soon (even though my daughter wanted nothing to do with my boobs anymore). There is so much pressure on moms to do everything right.

    • Aly

      I, too, stopped BFing when my daughter was 10 weeks old (I always supplemented with formula due to my boobs not workin’ right after a breast reduction surgery back in my college days). When I found out Beyonce also stopped at 10 weeks, I felt unabashedly validated for throwing in the towel. I love me some Bey.

      • Hannah

        I swear I am hoping to make it to 11 weeks just so I can say that I did it for as long as Bey Bey. Bahaha.

    • Liz

      I don’t think KCav or Tamara Mowry really belong on this list… Breastfeeding for 5 or 7 months is nothing to scoff at.

      • brebay

        Can I scoff at the use of “KCav” instead?

      • Liz

        Go for it. Sorry, I have no idea how to spell her name and didn’t care enough to check. Grow up.

      • brebay

        I will if you’ll lighten up.

    • Tina_fan

      Don’t forget Tina Fey! There’s an hilarious chapter about it in her book “Bossypants” about it.

      • Bethany Ramos

        Man, I wish I had included her – I love her so much!

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    • Beth

      Breastfeeding is not free. There are nursing bras. Nursing tops. Breast pumps. Lactation consultants. Supplements to help producing milk. Breast pads. It all adds up. Maybe not always as much as formula, but definitely not free

      • Hannah

        I have spent at least $1000 on breastfeeding in the 7 weeks since my daughter’s birth between upgrading pumps, buying millions of creams to help my nipples, doctor appointments, LC consults and now we are looking at another $1000 to deal with my daughter’s lip tie. Free, my ass.