Breastfeeding is no joke. Sure, it’s been a breeze for me (thank goodness!) but I still experience some of the common issues we all have. Sometimes moms leak when away from their baby. That’s just the way it goes. Even celeb moms get leaky sometimes! In fact, Meryl Streep leaked breast milk all over her white silk dress back in 1979 at the Golden Globes when she was accepting her first award. I really appreciated listening to her interview, her normalizing such a common issue during breastfeeding.
[Meryl Streep chatting on the Graham Norton Show.]
Her interview: “I was there for [the 1979 film] Kramer vs. Kramer just after giving birth to my first child. In those days they didn’t lend dresses and I didn’t have any money to buy something so I wore my wedding dress. It was a perfectly nice white silk dress, but the luncheon went on and I was breastfeeding and two o’clock came, three o’clock came and ‘boom,’ I started to lactate! In a white silk dress!”
“It was not good and I sat with my arms crossed over my chest, they called my name and I walked to the stage with my arms crossed and accepted the award one-handed, while still covering my breasts. They must have thought I was so odd. It was so embarrassing.”
And how gorgeous was she as a pregnant mom? I didn’t realize she had four children. How wonderful.
[Meryl Streep accepting awards during her breastfeeding, pregnancy days. Those are Oscars, not Golden Globes so that is not her actually leaky dress photo. Photos by Rex & Snap, I believe.]
Watch the interview on the a Graham Norton Show, about 12 minutes in:
Of course there are many ways to help stop leaking when it happens. These days there are washable cloth breast pads, disposable breast milk pads, and moms can even just press and hold on their nipples to stop the flow. Accidents still happen occasionally though. Bravo to Meryl for still getting up there on stage and accepting her award.
Have you ever leaked on your clothes away from your baby? How did you handle it?
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