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- Rachel McAdams recently posed for a cover shoot with Girls. Girls. Girls. magazine, six months after giving birth.
- In one photo, captured by the magazine’s founder, Claire Rothstein, and posted online Tuesday, McAdams is actively breast pumping.
- “Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of,” Rothstein wrote on Instagram, adding that it was McAdams’ idea to take the photo.
- Many people, especially fellow moms, are praising both Rothstein and McAdams for helping to normalize breastfeeding and making breast pumps look glamorous.
Rachel McAdams looks stunning in her recent cover shoot for Girls. Girls. Girls. magazine. But one photo in particular, which shows McAdams actively breast pumping, has captured people’s attention.
The photo was posted on Tuesday by the magazine’s founder, Claire Rothstein, who also captured the moment.
“A million reasons why I wanted to post this picture,” Rothstein wrote on her personal Instagram, as well as the magazine’s official account.
“This shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding,” she continued, adding that it was McAdams’ idea to take the photo.
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@ClaireRothstein magazine founder here ???????? just sharing this image from my account which I think encapsulates @girls.girls.girls.magazine and what we stand for…???? “A million reasons why I wanted to post this picture. Obviously #rachelmcadams looks incredible and was quite literally the dream to work with but also this shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding. We had a mutual appreciation disagreement about who’s idea it was to take this picture but I’m still sure it was hers which makes me love her even more. Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world, like breathing and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of. I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great. Besides she’s wearing Versace and @bulgariofficial diamonds and is just fucking major. Big shout out to all the girls ???????? #rachelmcadams for @girls.girls.girls.magazine cover shoot ???? @clairerothstein #pleaseshare Side note: I did not look anywhere near as fabulous as this when feeding/pumping. And that’s ok too” Stylist: @alicialombardini ???? . #girlsgirlsgirlsmag #girlsgirlsgirls #bringingbackthewoman #nogrungejustglamour #independentmagazine #printisnotdead #normalisebreastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeeding #life #women #versace #bulgari
“Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of. I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great.”
In the photo, which was styled by the magazine’s fashion director Alicia Lombardini, McAdams is also wearing Versace and Bulgari diamonds.
“Side note,” Rothstein added, “I did not look anywhere near as fabulous as this when feeding/pumping. And that’s ok too.”
Many people, especially fellow moms, are praising both Rothstein and McAdams for helping to normalize breastfeeding and making breast pumps look glamorous.
Commenters called Rothstein “a total visionary” and McAdams “a true icon.”
“I love how this embodies absolute glam as a woman and the softness of motherhood at the same time!” one person wrote on Instagram.
don’t mind me just framing this photo of Rachel McAdams shot by Claire Rothstein pic.twitter.com/4ttM599sz4
— Maggy (@maggyvaneijk) December 19, 2018
“Love this so much,” wrote another. “I also never looked like this when pumping but love that she does.”
“This is amazing! So much respect for all mamas doing their best for their young!” wrote another. “This pic is absolutely badass and totally conveys the strength and love of a mother who against odds sometimes does her absolute best!”
“This picture is just amazing!” another comment reads. “So meaningful and great lesson to those who think breastfeeding ruins their beauty. Breastfeeding is the most beautiful thing in this world.”
Many moms are glad the photo highlights difficulties that new moms face, especially those who return to work.
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????It’s here! ISSUE TWO of @girls.girls.girls.magazine with the INCREDIBLE #RACHELMCADAMS as our cover girl ❤️ dripping in divine @bulgariofficial Email for preorder email@example.com Thanks to all the absolutely amazing people involved ❤️ ???? @clairerothstein ????????♀️ . . . . . . #girlsgirlsgirlsmag #bringingbackthewoman #nogrungejustglamour #covergirl #printisnotdead #bulgari #losangeles #covershoot
Some praised the realistic representation of the lopsided milk production, while others highlighted the struggle for many moms to breastfeed or pump in the midst of other responsibilities.
“For me it’s not just about breastfeeding,” one person wrote. “It’s about having that flexibility in the workplace for mothers too! So they can feel comfortable to express at work and have a schedule that works for them as a mother and a professional. I mean this image just sums up how awesome women are!”
“This motivates me to keep going!” wrote another. “I went back to work at seven weeks postpartum after I used up all my PTO (paid time off) hours. US maternity leave is horrible. I have friends who went back after a couple weeks.”
The United States is the only developed country that offers zero paid maternity leave, according to a recent report by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that studied maternity leave in 42 countries around the world.
Some comments highlighted the stigma that breastfeeding moms often face, especially in public places.
“Thank you for posting this,” one person wrote. “Seven months pregnant and just had a conversation with my mother in law about breastfeeding where she expressed how ‘gross big veiny breastfeeding breasts are’ and that she thinks breastfeeding she be done in private. Tough thing to hear for a first time mama… but posts like this give me ????????.”
“Thanks for posting this for all the breastfeeding mamas hiding in the backseat of the car, pulled over on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, sitting in a random person’s bedroom at a gathering… all to nurse our little babies because it’s 2018 and we have come so far but there’s still so much that needs to change,” wrote another.
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And, of course, some people made “Mean Girls” jokes.
“On Wednesdays we wear breastpumps,” one person wrote on Instagram.
— laurinha (@lauraji_14) December 19, 2018
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