Kristin Cavallari Quits Breastfeeding for All the Right Reasons

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Kristin CavallariAfter a good six months of doing her best to stick with it, Kristin Cavallari has quit breastfeeding her son, Camden, simply because she just couldn't take the hassle anymore.

Shortly after her baby's birth, Kristen credited breastfeeding with being able to shed her baby weight quickly and effectively. Now, she's totally had it, so she's done offering the boob for good.

Of her decision to stop breastfeeding, Kristin told Hollywood Life, "It was the hardest part of the whole thing and no one tells you that. I was a slave to pumping."

Can I get an amen -- and also a round of applause for her honesty?

I mean, she's no dummy, and she has to know that she's probably going to receive more than her fair share of criticism from breastfeeding advocates for being so open about her choice.

But making the decision to stop breastfeeding altogether is her prerogative. Honestly, I totally understand where she's coming from when she says she was a "slave to the pump."

Bottom line, pumping sucks -- both literally and figuratively speaking.

I'll never forget the exact moment I was forced to break up with my breast pump, because it's what made me ultimately realize that breastfeeding wasn't something that was going to work for me any longer.

It was about 3 a.m. or so, and I was downstairs sitting at the breakfast bar in our kitchen pumping since my rock-hard boobs had woken me up in the middle of the night. And as I sat there topless, strapped to this crazy contraption that made me feel like a dairy cow, I suddenly heard a strange sound. It turned out to be the sound of my breast pump dying -- a pump that had cost between $200 and $300. (And it's not like you can return or exchange those things.)

In that moment, I thought to myself, "What the hell am I doing? This is seriously for the birds. And I'm over it. I want my body back, and my life back."

The next day, I switched my son over to formula and never looked back. And to this day, I don't regret my decision -- and Kristin won't either.

It's her body. It's her baby. And it's her choice. More power to her for refusing to be a slave any longer.

Do you ever feel like your breast pump is taking over your life?

 

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Wheep... Wheepingchree

I hated pumping.  Absolutely hated it.  Thankfully, I was in a situation where it wasn't NECESSARY to my child's well-being or a work schedule, as I was staying home with my daughter.  So I quit that shit & just nursed her.  Much easier for me.

nonmember avatar A

I just stopped a month ago. Due to physical issues, I exclusively pumped for my son from months 3 to 7. I got to the point where I couldn't keep up, I was working overtime so instead of being with my baby, all I did was pump. And then with my period last month I was only getting 2 ounces of milk per day! Enough was enough. I am sad, but also proud. My first two babies were only nursed for 8 weeks each. I really tried my best.

nonmember avatar Mich

A year of my life was worth every moment for my son to not receive formula; 3am pumpings, soreness, limited activities, not spending a night away from him for a year, learning to be comfortable breastfeeding in public....all of it was worth every moment. I'm looking forward to giving the same sacrifice to my next baby.

lulou lulou

I blame Chalupa Batman.

Stama... Stamatina79

How do you know she won't regret it? She could just quite pumping and only nurse.....

Heath... HeatherMazzone

I hated breast feeding. It's not just the pumping, it's everything. My boobs always hurt. I got sick of leaking constantly and having to wear breast pads, I got sick of getting out of the shower and having milk run down my body before i could get my bra and breast pads on. And no matter how much i fed her it was never filling her up more than an hour. My life was all about my boobs. After about 2 months I couldn't take it anymore and quit and switched my daughter to formula and I don't regret it.

Torra... TorranceMom

Mary, please don't put pumping & breastfeeding into the same category because they are SO not the same thing! Pumping is probably the most labor intensive way to feed a child and BFing is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Pumping does suck. She got to 6 months. Good for her. I worked so that is why pumping sucked. I told my close friend when she said pumping sucks, I said then don't do it, you're not working and won't have to. Just BF but have some reserve. She is one of those that can't go out of town or go out and not have a few drinks. I understand wanted a couple but if you think you are going to drink to much, re evaluate why you BF.

bella... bellacazzate

lulou for the win! About time this place lightened up and nothing better than a League reference to do it. Now if you'll excuse me, Mr. McGibblets is calling. 

pezch... pezcharlotte

Just for the record, some babies will not attach to the breast. My daughter refused to breast feed. I tried everything and she wouldn't do it. So I pumped for her for 6 months. It was exhausting in many ways and I did not get the benefits that are associated with breast feeding. I did what I was able to for my daughter. I just hate when I hear well don't pump just put the baby on the breast. Not that easy for everyone.

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