Who knew — Jessica Alba is just like us! The actress and mother-of-two has revealed that like many moms she too has felt bullied by grown-up ‘mean girls’ over her parenting style: ‘I felt confused’ and ‘judged.’
She may have played a mean girl in the cult-favorite rom-com Never Been Kissed, but in a July 29 interview Jessica Alba, 34, put the “mean girl” moms who criticize women — herself included — who don’t breastfeed on blast, while claiming that she too felt “confused” and “judged” after the birth of her eldest child.
Speaking to Yahoo! Parenting about her $1 billion company, The Honest Co., on July 29, Jessica opened up about the struggles she faced as a first-time parent, including being bullied by catty mothers. “I know as a mom — and as a new parent — I felt confused,” she shared. “And I felt judged. “Doesn’t it feel like the mean-girl thing from high school sort of just transforms into adulthood through motherhood?”
“I think it has to do with hormones, right? I mean, this is the first time I’m actually saying this out loud, but that mean-girl stuff happens when your hormones are going crazy. And then your hormones go crazy again when you’re pregnant and having a baby,” she continued. “And even when you’re breastfeeding. And I feel like maybe it’s just all those hormones, and people don’t know where to put their energy, so they just start clashing.”
Nowadays, the stylish actress — who has two daughters, Honor, 7, and Haven, 3, with husband Cash Warren — says she it’s best to trust your get when it comes to parenting. “The way that I parent one is different than the way that I parent the other. There’s no cookie-cutter way of going about it,” she said of her personal approach. “And I think we as women — and as moms — we need to show younger girls that we support each other no matter what. And to try and not be so judgmental.” Preach!
It was this level-headed mentality that eventually led Jessica to launch a feeding line at The Honest Co. that equally supports breastfeeding and formula feeding — an issue that continues to spark debate among parents today.
“I breastfed as long as I could, but not as long as I wanted,” she wrote in 2013 book, The Honest Life. “I had to get back to work, and I wasn’t able to keep it going.”
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— Alyssa Montemurro