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10 celebrity mamas who embraced formula feeding

Because there's more than one way to feed a baby.

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For mamas who have complicated feelings about breastfeeding, August can be a challenging time. It starts off with #worldbreastfeedingweek, turns into #breastfeedingmonth, and can leave some mamas feeling like they don't have a place in the conversation everyone seems to be having.

It can be difficult to see a flurry of social media posts in your feeds celebrating something that you wanted to do, tried to do, couldn't do or chose not to do because it wasn't what was best for your particular baby in your particular circumstances. Sometimes feeding a baby formula is the best thing for mom and the baby.

That's why it's important (this month and every month) to remember that while breastfeeding is recommended, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also officially recognizes that a baby's mother "is uniquely qualified to decide whether exclusive breastfeeding, mixed feeding or formula feeding is optimal for her and her infant.

There's more than one way to feed a baby, and these celebrity moms prove it.

Tia Mowry

Mowry planned to breastfeed her oldest son, Cree, for longer than she did, but her body had other plans.

"Wasn't able to breastfeed Cree for long because of low milk supply! However, this time around I have plenty," she captioned a recent photo of herself and baby Cairo.

Mowry believes "lots of teas, water, #fenugreek, and a high protein diet" are helping her out this time around (but researchers don't put as much stock in fenugreek's milk boosting power as Mowry does).

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha intended on exclusively breastfeeding her first child, Violet, but switched to formula after having low milk supply.

In a 2015 Instagram post, she clapped back at her negative followers who had an issue with her decision. She stood up for all the mama's out there, saying, "This is not a democracy, everyone doesn't get a say."

"Not that this is anyone's business - I loved breastfeeding Ioni for the first 5 months of her life and then one day my milk went dry,'' the supermodel captioned the post. "She's been on formula for a few weeks now and seems to be doing just fine".

Kelly Rowland

After the birth of her son, Titan, back in 2014, Kelly Rowland had the intention to nurse her baby through breastfeeding. But in 2017, the songstress revealed to Parents that she switched to formula.

"I had my heart set on breastfeeding, but I wasn't producing enough milk," Rowland said. "I got down on myself, which I think was mentally limiting my supply."

After the loss of her mother three weeks after Titan was born, Rowland had to focus on what nursing method was best for her mental health.

She switched to formula because that was the right choice for her.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer felt guilty and received shade from her followers after choosing to formula feed her second son, Jace, back in 2018. She told Us Weekly that truthfully she had trouble breastfeeding from the first day.

"I guess I'm saying this to, also, the moms out there that feel this way too," Kramer explained. "Let's not feel like we have to defend our decision. Let's just be the best moms that we are."

The country singer shut down the shamers and instead made nursing her own private and personal decision. It was especially not a big deal for Kramer considering that she was formula fed as a child.

 Khloe Kardashian

When baby True was born, Khloe breastfed like her sister Kourtney, but eventually followed in Kim's footsteps and switched to formula.

She revealed the change during a Twitter conversation with a follower who asked if she pumped while at work. "I had to stop breastfeeding," Kardashian responded. "It was really hard for me to stop (emotionally) but it wasn't working for my body. Sadly."

She shared some more details that many mamas who've made the switch can relate to. "I fought and fought to try and continue but then when I actually stopped, I didn't realize what a relief it was for me to not stress and worry anymore," Khloe wrote. "Any sec I had of downtime I was stressing to produce more for the next feeding."

Without that stress, Khloe was able to spend her downtime enjoying her time with True.

Elisa Donovan

It's been 8 years since the birth of Elisa Donovan's daughter and the actress opened up about her struggle with nursing on her blog on People.

Not only was it not working, and excruciatingly painful for me beyond anything imaginable ,I also realized that I hated it" said the former Clueless star. "My guilt was so enormous and so complete, that I l felt like I would be catapulted into a special place in hell reserved for bad mommies who don't breastfeed."

Shortly after making the decision to use the formula, Donovan was reassured by her doctor that she and her daughter were going to be fine.

Emily Maynard Johnson

The mom of four spoke before about the difficulty in breastfeeding multiple kids at once, and feeling ashamed to tell others that she used formula.

"I didn't want to tell anybody that I quit,'' said Johnson. "I was trying to hide the formula"

Back in 2017, the star shared with People that after the birth of her fourth child, Gatlin, she stopped breastfeeding after developing a condition.

"I breastfed Ricki, I breastfed Jennings for a while and then Gibson, it's so hard with other kids running around"the former Bachelorette star said.

"And then I got mastitis (a painful infection of the breast tissue) which is like the worst, worse than childbirth I feel like."

 Jessica Alba

The Honest Company founder started off breastfeeding all three of her children before eventually turning to formula to feed each of them. In July, she told Motherly breastfeeding her new son Hayes has been especially challenging due to milk supply issues.

"I felt like I had the most milk with Honor and then it got less with Haven and even less with Hayes. And so that was just tough for me," she explained.

Demanding work schedules were a factor in Alba not being able to breastfeed any of her kids for as long as she would have liked, but she did what worked for her family, and she wants other mamas to recognize that in themselves, too.

In her book, The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, Alba writes: "Whatever you do, trust that you're doing the best that you can for your baby."

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Kim Kardashian

The mom of three has been open about how breastfeeding became difficult as she was transitioning from being a mom of one to a mom of multiple kids. It can be difficult when your attention and time are divided, and in 2016 Kim shared how she stopped breastfeeding her second child, Saint, pretty early as she worried her oldest, North, was feeling left out.

It just goes to show there are a lot of reasons why a mother may stop breastfeeding, and no reason should be judged.

Whitney Port

It's been almost a year since Whitney Port posted an emotional 8-minute YouTube video about the pain she felt while breastfeeding her young son, Sonny.

"I just hit a breaking point," the star explains through tears, "and [I] said, 'I can't do this. It feels as though someone is slicing my nipples with glass.'"

The physical pain she experienced was challenging for Port, and so was the emotional pain, because reality wasn't lining up with Port's expectations. "I tried and tried and suffered from that self-imposed guilt from quitting that so many of us new moms suffer from," Port later wrote on her blog.

"For some reason, I told myself I wanted to make it to 6 months, but 5 months came and I really couldn't do it anymore. I was sacrificing too much of myself and it was only at the expense of me. It was at the encouragement of my husband that I finally decided to stop torturing myself and find an alternative route that would nourish Sonny just as beautifully," wrote Port.

Mamas, though it may feel like everybody around you is exclusively breastfeeding, remember that is not always reality, as these celebrity mothers show.

Whether you exclusively breastfeed, exclusively pump, supplement with formula or feed only formula, you are feeding your baby in the best way you can. That's what matters.

[A version of this post was originally published August 9, 2018. It has been updated.]

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

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For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

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Hands-Free Pumping Bra

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

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Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

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Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

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There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

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Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

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When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

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Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

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Washable Breast Pads

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Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

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Breast Milk Storage Bags

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The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

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Wooden bulldozer toy

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Pull-along hippo

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