Neil Patrick Harris: Poster Child for La Leche League?

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Neil Patrick HarrisCould Neil Patrick Harris find his next gig as the new poster child for La Leche League? Maybe not, but his use of breast milk to feed his 9-week-old daughter, Harper Grace, is a pretty good nod to the power of a mother's milk.

Harris and his partner David Burtka welcomed their twins, who were conceived via a surrogate, back in October -- a boy and a girl. While Gideon is reportedly a good eater, sleeper, and burper, little Harper has been having some ongoing tummy troubles.

From hypoallergenic formula to more swaddling, the dads tried everything, until they tried the magic of breast milk.

“Harper was very fussy ... she was always in a state of angst," he said during a recent appearance on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. "So we switched formulas a couple of times and now we’re having to have breast milk brought in.”

He said he “tried for like two months” to produce it on his own (he was joking), then they started getting it from a milk bank. He continued to joke about the process.

“You have to have breast milk shipped in. I think it’s a racket,” he said. “Seriously, if someone is in Santa Monica -- down the street and wants to provide milk -- it has to go on a plane to San Jose and get fertilized and pasteurized and boiled and whatever happens in little bottles."

While effective, Harris said it's not a cheap solution.

"They charge a fortune! It cost more for breast milk than sushi! I like sushi and it's not inexpensive, but you at least figure, alright, they have to go that morning and get the fish and there's a lot of labour involved ... you know, you stick a thing on her hee-haw, and it just sucks out some milk and they're charging a fortune!"

Her "hee-haw"? Really Neil, it's OK to call it a nipple, but good for you for giving your daughter breast milk!

Have you ever used breast milk from a milk bank? Are you surprised that Neil Patrick Harris does?


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baby health, baby first year, breastfeeding, celebrity babies

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tis.u... tis.unnatural

That's excellent! Go NPH!


We had to use donated breastmilk for my son for a few days until my milk came in (he lost too much weight and it took forever for my milk to come in). He's right, it is expensive. But definitely worth it!

Pishyah Pishyah

Great for all invovled!  Lucky then for being able to afford it!

Lynette Lynette

okay this quote really pissed me off.  Pumping is a HUGE pain!  There is plenty of labor involved.  And getting your body to let down for a pump.   Making sure you do it at certain times a day.  Women are not COWS.  I never could never really pump so yeah that was a stupid remark. 



"They charge a fortune! It cost more for breast milk than sushi! I like sushi and it's not inexpensive, but you at least figure, alright, they have to go that morning and get the fish and there's a lot of labour involved ... you know, you stick a thing on her hee-haw, and it just sucks out some milk and they're charging a fortune!"


Mommy... Mommy2Mal

Hey, good for them. Tummy issues are never fun and when they can be solved by something as simple as breastmilk that's even better.

Jazzy... JazzysWifey

Lynette I think you're over reacting, the point was even if someone down the street wanted to donate to them it has to go through all this, and then they're going to charge an arm and a leg for it. I mean really it's taking advantage of those who NEED it. 

Jenyo... Jenyoseph

Mmm. NPH.


happy

Jessica Birch

Someone should tell NPH about EATS ON FEETS GLOBAL!!! 

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

That's great!  I never needed to use milk from a bank.  I actually over produced and had a ton of extra milk that I shared with a friend who had a son a little older than mine, but was formula fed.

tazdvl tazdvl

YAY for NPH!!!


Lynette, I pumped for 7 months and felt lke a cow. He is right, how can something that is FREE cost so much?

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