Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are not only the devoted and hilarious parents to daughters, 4-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Delta, they’re pretty noisy advocates for breastfeeding, as well.
Kristen, who’s currently working on Bad Moms 2, spoke to Cafe Mom about a whole bunch of parenting-related issues, but her boob ‘tude commentary was particularly on point.
When asked what her thoughts on breastfeeding were, the mum-of-two had many, many opinions.
“It’s boobs,” Bell said, clearly flummoxed that normalising breastfeeding was even a THING in 2017.
“It’s another part of your body that has skin. Boobs don’t provide the shock and awe to me that they do for some people,” she said.
Husband Dax has confirmed this “no biggie” approach, telling Ellen DeGeneres that breastfeeding was part of the wallpaper at the couple’s home.
“She started breastfeeding our children 3 and a half years ago. It becomes like white noise. They might have been out. I don’t know. I can’t say for sure when they’re out and when they’re not out. They’re life sources,” he mused.
Bell recently revealed she makes her “life sources” work for her in other genius, method-acting-type ways, using her nursing mum status to pump up the volume for her recent Chips role alongside her husband.
“I was breastfeeding at the time. I wanted my character to have an aggressive boob job, like it’s the only thing you can think about when you see someone, so I didn’t pump for a full day. I was like, ‘My craft deserves it. I gotta do it. I’m a serious actor,’” Bell recently told Seth Meyers, People reports.
“Your problem, and not mine”
Bell said it was laughable that people had shady opinions and confronting feelings about something as normal and natural as feeding babies.
“It’s comical that people are against feeding in public. Like, ‘Are you against feeding children?’ It’s not even an issue, or the fact that it is an issue is comical to me. If you’re aroused by that, I think it’s safe to say that’s your problem and not mine. If it makes you uncomfortable, it’s your responsibility to move away, not mine to cover up.”
Bell says hungry babies must be fed, whether it’s in a public space or not.
“I don’t care where I’m breastfeeding. It never crossed my mind. What crossed my mind is ‘was my child hungry?'” Bell said firmly.
The mum-of-two encouraged mums who have chosen or are able to breastfeed to own their superpower.
“When it comes to breastfeeding your baby, if you are too nervous to do it in public I think you are part of the problem. Women should own the fact that we are superheroes for the first however many months of your child’s life. It is your opportunity and your duty to feed your baby should you choose to breastfeed – and be proud of it,” she told Babble.
When questioned about the most appropriate place for breastfeeding, Bell had this to say:
“You know the place [where moms should breastfeed]? It’s called earth. Planet earth. That’s the place they should be allowed to breastfeed.”
We could not agree more.