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If all you want for Christmas is pop culture content that normalizes breastfeeding, Cardi B just gave you the perfect present.

Just days after Rachel McAdams went viral for combining a breast pump and high fashion, Cardi B dropped the video for her single, "Money" (warning: it's certainly NSFW or meant for children), featuring scenes in which she seems to be breastfeeding a baby (probably her daughter Kulture).

Internet commenters have been watching and rewatching the video, trying to figure out if the baby is latched and if the baby is actually Kulture, or maybe a stand-in.

That part doesn't actually matter. It doesn't matter if the baby was actually breastfeeding at that moment, what matters is that the first female artist to see all the singles from her album certified gold or platinum decided that breastfeeding imagery had a place in her video.

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Cardi made a decision to include it, and every time a celebrity, an artist or even a mama with an Instagram account decides to include these moments in the content they are sharing with the world, a few more people get used to seeing breastfeeding.

These cultural moments are so important because they teach people that breastfeeding mothers shouldn't have to hide.

When people recognize that breastfeeding is a totally normal thing that some parents need to do throughout the day, breastfeeding parents can get the support they need from society, and fewer mamas feel like they have to hide out in bathroom stalls or quit nursing.

Legislation can help, co-workers can help, and our partners can help.

Some moms pump like McAdams, some moms breastfeed as Cardi B seems to in her new video, some moms use formula and some moms do all of the above.

Most of us don't look as glamorous as Cardi and McAdams when we're feeding our babies, but these beautiful images may make more mundane snapshots of #momlife (like breastfeeding at the mall) a little bit easier for all of us.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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