Celeb Moms' Craziest Pumping Stories: At the Oscars, in an Uber and with Jake Gyllenhaal
It can happen at any time or place for these stars
Pumping with a view! The actress and singer toted her pump along to the top of Washington's Mount Baker during a hike, proving that preparedness is key to a successful wildness excursion.
By now, stars with new babies know to expect a breast-pump break at even the most glam awards shows — which is why Amanda Seyfried planned ahead for the "after party," as she called it on Instagram, and got a bag that was dyed to match her Giorgio Armani Privé gown.
The model mom has mastered the art of multitasking. Six weeks after welcoming son Isaac, she posted her "first pump in an Uber," and added on Instagram, "Use to answer emails on my uber rides, now I pump before my breasts explode💥💦"
Recently, she shared with PEOPLE that you can often find her pumping on the job: "I was pumping backstage in Milan [during Fashion Week] and I had so many young girls coming up to me like, 'What are you doing? What is that?' and I'm like, 'Oh, it's a breast pump. Would you like to try some?' "
Jane Fonda asked her celebrity friends to get pumped to vote for a PSA - and Katy put her own interpretation on the request. "Whoever said pumping isn't a sport... I'd like to twist their nipples clockwise for one week straight," she wrote on Instagram.
So maybe the place wasn't weird - the This Is Us set - but as new mom Moore pointed out on her Instagram Stories in April 2021, being in full makeup, hair and prosthetics as "old" Rebecca "feels .... strange."
The actress posted this "totally delirious" shot from the Grace and Frankie makeup trailer - taken just two weeks after giving birth to daughter Stevie! - to draw attention to the fact that while giving birth is no joke, often maternity leave in the U.S. is - and no one prepares new moms for the reality of what their bodies will go through in those first few weeks.
"The average maternity leave is 10 DAYS in the US; how is a woman leaking, bleeding and wearing a diaper supposed to care for her child, herself, or much less, her job?" she writes, adding that while she used to make recovery packages for postpartum pals, she'll now rely on kits from Bodily (in which she's an investor). "WHY wasn't I warned? I refused to let my friends have this shocking experience ... I wanted them to worry about motherhood and healing, that's it."
This mama knows that the show must go on - even if you have to pump. Prior to her 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards performance, Underwood showed fans on Instagram how she took care of her mom duties while prepping to hit the stage.
"Getting ready for my performance... also pumping. 😬😂🤷♀️" she wrote alongside a selfie she took in full stage makeup and hair, tacking on the hashtags "#Multitasking," "#ACMAwards," "#Southbound" and "#LetsDoThis."
Underwood, who welcomed her second child Jacob Bryan in January 2019, clearly has this multitasking thing down.
There was no time to waste for the actress, who snapped a selfie of herself breastfeeding while driving. "I appreciate all the cool people who saw what I was doing in traffic and gave me a thumbs up," she wrote.
Photographic evidence moms are always busy! John Legend posted this candid photo of his wife pumping in the car, en route to dinner just weeks after welcoming son Miles. "I know it's Father's Day and all but my wife is pretty awesome," the Grammy winner said. "She's taking me to dinner but still on mommy duty."
One of Hollywood's most honest moms, Teigen shared lots about pumping on social media following the birth of daughter Luna two years ago. Some samples?
"Fell asleep with my breast pump on and I think I'm in a different dimension now."
"just spray tanned around my breast pump outline. the logistical challenges of a healthy beach glow while boobing are incredible."
And, relatably, a photo of her pump on a public bathroom floor.
Phelps took time out from a gala to pump for then-baby Beckett, and shared the moment on her Instagram stories. While she got lots of support, she also got some flak from followers who thought it was inappropriate to pump in a ballroom, even with the discreet hands-free machine she was using.
"Some won't agree with where I did this and even worse if I was sitting there with Beckett nursing people might judge me," she wrote in a follow-up Instagram post. "But breastfeeding is NATURAL, I have to admit there were times at the olympics I was feeding [son Boomer Robert] in the stands."
Last summer, Pink posted a relatable selfie for breastfeeding moms everywhere - her shirt pulled around her neck as she used her breast pump in a London bathroom while on tour.
"And now this," the singer - then still nursing son Jameson - wrote in the caption, adding the hashtags "#pumpupthejams #mombreak."
The first-time mom's date for Variety's 2017 Power of Women Luncheon? Husband Ian Somerhalder, yes, but also her manual breast pump, which she flaunted on Instagram and jokingly called the couple's "third wheel." The tag-along joined them in January at the 2018 Golden Globes, too; Somerhalder even carried his wife's pump through the evening.
After the arrival of son Shai with husband Maks Chmerkovskiy, the pro dancer got back to work - with a twist. The new mom shared a photo of herself pumping breast milk while getting glam. "Multitasking mum duties," Murgatroyd wrote on social media. "Can't stop the pump."
Mila Kunis & Kristen Bell
Bell didn't realize she was being projected onto a big screen while pumping during a table read for Bad Moms. "As we're reading the script, you see [Kristen's] face just getting closer and closer to the screen, and the rest of her body just keeps getting out of the screen," costar Kunis recalled to Ellen DeGeneres. That's when everyone in the room heard the noise - blasted over a loud speaker - of Bell pumping. "I'm sorry. When you gotta do it, you gotta do it," said an unapologetic Bell, adding that she didn't think it would be loud.
Kunis gets it: in a 2016 interview with Glamour, she shared, "I've pumped in an airport, I've pumped on the side of the road, I've pumped everywhere."
Leave it to a Kardashian mama to make pumping sexy, as Kourtney did in 2015 while on vacation in Vegas. After a trip to the Marquee Dayclub, she posted this shot, writing, " After the show it's the after party."
The model mama of two girls with husband Adam Levine wasn't shy about sharing a shot from none other than the 2018 Coachella festival, captioning the photo, "#pumpanddump."
Not long after the arrival of her first child with husband Andy Roddick, son Hank, Decker had to travel, and used an airplane maintenance issue as a chance to deplane and pump in (ugh) a bathroom.
But when she returned to the gate 15 minutes later, she was told the flight was closed and she wouldn't be able to reboard to fly home to her son. She chronicled the saga on Twitter, glass of wine in hand.
Always one for keeping it real in new parenthood, Mollen used Instagram to share a few snaps of herself using a double breast pump in an airplane bathroom not long after the arrival of her second son, Lazlo, with husband Jason Biggs. "Remember that Kelis song, 'My milkshake brings all the boys to the lavatory'?" she joked in the caption of a mirror selfie, sharing more photos of the process to her Instagram Story.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star accompanied husband Jordan Peele to the 2018 Oscars - but before her husband's big moment, she slipped out of her velvet dress to pump for son Beaumont in a trailer backstage.
On her first week back at Today following the birth of son Calvin, Dreyer forgot her pump bottles at home - and shared an easy hack with Instagram followers: cups! "When you forget bottles to pump into, you improvise," she wrote, adding, "Hey … I'm proud of myself for making it to Friday before this happened! #workingmom #cantgetitrightallthetime."
Another mom who pumped at the Oscars, ScarJo brought her gear with her when she presented at the 2015 show. But a mix-up in cars resulted in her pump (and milk) going home with the wrong guests - though thankfully responsible ones.
"Somehow, Mark [Consuelos] got ahold of my breast pump - in a bag with all the milk, ice packs in there," she told Marie Claire. "Our cars got separated. Apparently, Kelly [Ripa] looked over, and she was like, 'Wait a minute - is that Scarlett's breast pump? We've got to get it back!' because she knew how panicked I would be."
The Good Morning America meteorologist brought pumping to prime time when she went on Dancing with the Stars and let cameras film her pumping. Partner Val Chmerkovskiy admitted she taught him a lot. "I'm familiar with the pumps now, which is very unusual," he joked.
"Women will say - I travel and breastfeed - 'Well, how are you going to do that?' " she told reporters. "A lot of people do it! [Val's] just gotten used to it. And it's just a part of life. You walk in, you start pumping and get it out, and then I'm ready to practice!"
While starring on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal, Ashford found herself having to get very personal with her costar - they shared a dressing room.
"Poor Jake has had to deal with all my weird breastfeeding pump parts," the actress, mom to son Jack with husband Joe Tapper, told PEOPLE. "Isn't that glamorous? Broadway is really intimate. We've crossed over to a special place in our friendship."
"His sister [Maggie] came backstage to talk to me after the opening night," Ashford continued. "And she came in and I was breast pumping and I said, 'Oh, come in - you've had two babies!' "
Not every aspect of life in Hollywood is glamorous. Speaking to InStyle about her TV show, L.A.'s Finest, Alba revealed she had to run to her trailer between takes to pump.
"So that wasn't fun," she shared of filming the pilot two months after welcoming son Hayes. "But I'd bring [him] to the set, and he'd be with me in the trailer. He's so sweet."