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Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding in Glamour

Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue  of Glamour magazine and inside is photographed breastfeeding her infant son, Otis, who she gave birth to this April. 
It’s all in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. 


With this image, Wilde joins a bevy of celebrity  women who have been photographed for magazines or who have shared images of themselves Breastfeeding including: Gwen Stefani, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen, Angelina Jolie, P!nk, Lucy Lawless, Alanis Morisette, SalmaHayek and others. 

Why some celebrities seem to have longer than average length pregnancies

I spotted this question in the headline of a recent blog article querying the due date of the former American Idol champ & award-winning singer, Kelly Clarkson. 


It is a common question or related comment many state in the comment section of stories about the singer’s pregnancy. 
She is but the latest in a series of celebrity moms-to -be who are thought to have had very longer than usual pregnancies. 
Some just seem to be “pregnant forever!”
In my memory, I recall people thinking  Alicia Keys, P!nk, Amber Rose and a few others had excessively long pregnancies. Others, seemingingly pop out a kid the week after you learn they’re preggers. 
What’s the deal? 
It has to do with a few factors: 
1. releasing the news early. If a celebrity shares news of her pregnancy in the early second trimester, or like Kourtney Kardashian did in her second pregnancy in the first 12-weeks, then the public has 6 months of seeing plenty bump watch images and articles about the celeb. 
2. popularity of the celeb. Some  celebs are more popular than others and/or are stalked more by paparazzi. Each day and photo means another article about the spotting to be published in one of several gossip sites. 
3. heavy event season. Some celebs wind up knocked up while promoting a new project or during Tv upfronts or award season. Therefore, in addition to paparazzi pics in the rags, you’re seeing them in mainstream publications too. It can be overkill.  
All of that makes it so every time you look up on your Computer screen over the course of 24 weeks make it appear like a very long long pregnancy. 
There you go! It’s still just 40 weeks but we know exactly what you mean! 

Jennifer Hudson joins the Bellyitch Posh Mom Style Icon List

It has been over a year since we acknowledged a fashion-forward celebrity mom worthy to receive our elusive Posh Mom Style Icon designation. The last mominista recognized with the honor, which identifies the few who are effortlessly stylish with or without the help of a celebrity stylist, was pop songstress P!nk in 2012. Before her, First Lady Michelle Obama was dubbed an icon in 2011. Other designees include, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Ripa, Victoria BeckhamTichina Arnold and  Christina Milian.
Our newest inductee on the list is an alum finalist of the American Idol TV singing competition  and recently severed ties with Weight Watchers,  a company for which she served as a spokesperson over the course of her 80+ pound weight loss after giving birth to her son David Otunga, Jr. in August 2009. Since then, Hudson has become a fashion muse for many a designers and has been seen in couture and custom pieces by Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Balmain,  Michael KorsChristian Dior and others as well as some imprints and up and coming design houses. 
The singer and Academy Award winner has one of the best stylist  team around because they do a wonderful job of outfitting Hudson in clothes to flatter her curvy shape and her relatively tall stature makes it so that she always has clean lines and looks very polished. She experiments with color often and also does patterns and geometric shapes along with various textures. She has a versatile style aesthetic and can wear almost anything.
The Think Like a Man singer has also become a regular fixture on magazine covers and has been one of the few to land a coveted Vogue cover. 
Recently, the Dream Girls and Winnie biopic actress trimmed her locs and forewent wearing wigs and extensions and has been able to carry off the chic look well and show off her elongated neck line well. It was an A+ move. As we all know, not everyone can get away with short hair.
The multi-award nominated and winning artist balances a music and acting career, several charities, spokesperson duties and touring all while caring for her son and being a partner to long-time fiance David Otunga, and supporting her family still recuperating from a devastating loss of Hudson’s mom, nephew and brother a few years back. 
The Spotlight  singer  is currently working on her third studio album “It’s Your World” to be released in the coming year.
But she handles it all with style and grace and for this reason, we have selected her to join our other elite and limited listing of celebrity posh mom style icons. 
Congrats, Jennifer!
Jennifer takes fashion risks with geometric patterns and prints

Jennifer isn’t afraid of going bold with color.

But Jennifer  can rock exquisitely when she wants to as well.
Jennifer is Queen of the pencil skirt or dress which is one of the most flattering for her curvaceous yet still svelte figure.
Polka dots, plaid, leopard prints? Jennifer is fearless in donning it all and mixing it up with a splash of color or bangs.

Jennifer also looks elegant in floor-length and full ball gowns.

Not everyone will show off their legs, but Jennifer goes bold in a mini skirt or dress often.

And her performance gear is on point as well!

Werk, mama!

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No Shame in Breastfeeding: Ashley Nicole and other Actresses & Models who Social Media shared photos of themselves Nursing

So a couple years ago, R&B singer Eric Benet shared a photo of his wife Manuela Testolini via Instagram, breastfeeding his newborn daughter. He shot the pic because the baby was incidentally holding up her fingers in what looked like a peace sign. Benet didn’t consider the fact that his wife’s breast was exposed at the time.

Well, he got the backlash of his life from people who, apparently, believe breasts should only be shown in social media when squeezed inside teenie tiny bikinis or bursting out the side of an A-lister’s red carpet dress. When shown nourishing a baby it elicits all sorts of queasiness and uneasiness among audiences. 
For too many people,  breasts are sexual and should only be shown or used as sexual objects. The idea of a baby nursing makes them uncomfortable and they simply cannot handle it. 
Take II.
Two years later, it’s 2014 and Miami Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler‘s girlfriend model Ashley Nicole decided to take to her Instagram page to share a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby on the run.
“Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called,” she captioned the above photo “…Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeaufitul”
Nice.
Not so fast, you nursing advocates.
In no time, the image went viral and all sorts of folks who apparently grew up learning to be ashamed of something as natural as nursing went to town, cursing out the mom, calling her all sorts of names on her own Instagram page which many of them had never ever before frequented.  Yeah, going all out of their way to leave whatever website they were trolling or stalking to go to this woman’s page and berate her. 
*sigh*
I could blame  sites like TMZ  and  Bossip which posted about the story asking “Is it inappropriate” and certainly siccing their legions of followers on the poor woman.
I hate people sometimes. 
Some said the photo and words were not shared to advocate for breastfeeding but to draw attention to mom who is a Ford model and was well-dressed and in shades. Why stop to get a third person to take a photo for Instagram, if it was just natural and incidental, they ask? Only, she was dressed to go out at the time as she mentioned in the photo and she probably figured while stopping to breastfeed, she might as well share the moment with her followers and promote breastfeeding at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone.
The bullying was so intense Wheeler told TMZ Sport that people should back off .

“”I wish everybody would just leave it alone,” Wheeler said. “She’s a model. She takes pictures for a living.”a

Nicole eventually deleted her Instagram account altogether!

Good grief!
According to the Center for Disease Control, 26% of babies are never breastfed.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics research, human milk-feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing  enterocolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection, and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants.
In addition, post-neonatal infant mortality rates in the United States are reduced by 21% in breastfed infants.
It should come as no surprise that much of the “hate” came from the black and African American community which seemingly has a less than supporting appreciation for breastfeeding and especially for breastfeeding in public. The CDC also reports that African Americans are less likely to breastfeed their children. 





The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reports that Blacks stop breastfeeding sooner than other races, setting up their children for higher incidences of illnesses and diseases that non-breastfed children succumb to at a higher rate than those who were nursed.

The report also links higher rates of infant mortality and low birth weight to lack of breastfeeding.

There is a taboo about it among the black community, perhaps, and those who nurse for too long are not encouraged  or supported and are sometimes egged on to stop breastfeeding after a few weeks or months. Although to be fair, shorter breastfeeding times are also linked to low income mothers who have to report to work earlier and have shorter maternity leave and/or work in settings where they do not have a private place to pump and store their milk for their babies.
Kim Durdin-James, national president of the African-American Breastfeeding Alliance (AABA), summed it up well in saying, “In the best of times, breastfeeding is the optimal feeding choice for young children because it provides babies with all vital nutrients for growth and development, but in times of disaster, breastfeeding can mean the difference between life and death.”

Then there are those who bashed Nicole specifically because she was not wed to her baby’s father. Some said that Gisele Bunchen didn’t get the same amount of backlash because she was married when she shared  a similar photo last November.

But Bundchen wasn’t the first.

Xena the Warrior Princess actress and model Lucy Lawless who was photographed (above) for World Breastfeeding Week in 2002.

Singer P!nk  shared a photo of herself breastfeeding via her Instagram account, although she has since deleted the image.

Australian Model Miranda Kerr tweeted a photo of herself in 2011 breastfeeding her daughter in between costume changes during a photo shoot on her personal blog, which is currently taking a hiatus.

It shouldn’t matter if she’s married or not, a model or an actress, sharing a natural  act shouldn’t be shamed or shunned. Whether it is considered oversharing or too private for Instagram or not is up for debate and up to the individual person sharing.

We say kudos to them if destigmatizing it will eventually make it less unpopular among some groups.

Keep on brave women.

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2014 Grammy Red Carpet, On Stage & Behind-the-Scenes (PHOTOS)

Last night, the biggest names in music hit the red carpet to the Staples Center in Los Angeles,California on January 26 for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards and celebration. We took to Grammy’s mobile app to live Instagram and share some of the Red Carpet, On Stage and Behind-the-Scenes imagery and photos of the night, starring many of the moms current and past that we’ve “bumpwatched.” We start with Alicia Keys who looked stunning in an electric blue plunging Armani Prive dress with hubby Swizz Beatz.
Beyonce won the night in this lace curve-hugging Michael Costello fish tail dress with  Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Christian Louboutin heels. 

Another relatively new mom, Amber Rose, looked amaze in a gorge gold Naeem Khan floor length curve-hugging dress.

 Another one of our pretty new  moms Anna Faris looked amazing in this midnight blue Fitranni dress with a slight train.

Ciara rocked her bump in a shimmery bronze floor-length Emilio Pucci gown. 

Giuliana Rancic made the BEST dressed list with this crimson lace overlay Alex Perry resort 2014 dress and Marina B jewls. Gorg!

Tamar Braxton-Herbert just had her son last year and looks smoking hot in a fire-engine red Michael Costello dress while posing with hubby Vince Herbert.

P!nk accompanied hubby Carey Hart while showing off her toned bod in a red Johanna Johnson dress.

Sweet. Erica Campbell of the group Mary Mary had her daughter for her date last night while wearing a two piece lace top and skirt. It was a modest and approporiate look considering all the hoopla over her solo album cover. 

Madonna and son David did the 20s zoot suit styling by Ralph Lauren



Fantasia Barino
went with a neutral-toned slip dress with a red halter strap under a black lace see-through dress with crimson lip and a cute bowl pixie cut. Confusing look. 

Also rocking her new pixie cut was Jennifer Hudson, who didn’t go to the Grammys but was spotted on the red carpet to Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party that occurs the night before the Grammys at the famed Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. Jennifer Hudson wore a  colorful Christopher Kane dress.

At that same event was actress Paula Patton in a crimson Mireille Dagher Couture fall 2014 lace mini dress with a plunging neckline, worn with Louboutin pumps and David Yurman jewels.

Pink’s aerial performance has become an anticipated breath of fresh air for award shows. She’s done it a few times before and stuns audiences each time. 

Look at that strength and balance. Amazing. 

The night opened with a saucy solo and duet by Beyonce and Jay Z performing Bey’s song Drunk In Love off her latest self-titled 5th solo studio album. The outfit was by Nichole de Carle which was accented with Saint Laurent tights,  Stuart Weitzman Mary Jane dance shoes, a La Perla Collar, and custom bra, and Jennifer Fisher jewelry Jay wore a Tom Ford  tux.
  Academy-Award nominee Julia Roberts was a presenter. 

Producer of the Year Grammy winner Pharrell Williams was the talk of the show with his interesting forest ranger hat, seen here cutting up with Jay and Bey backstage.

And again with another pop star royal couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.



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