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It’s Baaack! Breast Milk Ice Cream Fit for Royalty

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

royal baba gagaHold on to your tea towels! A sweet treat is coming back just in time for the arrival of royal baby No. 2. London ice cream company The Licktators is once again stocking freezers with ‘scream made from — wait for it — breast milk. Their latest all-natural concoction, called Royal Baby Gaga, is a blend of carefully screened donated breast milk and Madagascan Vanilla.

It may sound like another unusual way to profit off of royal baby fever, but in reality, this ice cream has an altruistic bent. The brainchild of The Licktators and vocal breastfeeding supporter Victoria Hiley, Royal Baby Gaga is meant to raise awareness about the benefits of nursing. Bonus: All profits from the sale of the $22 pink and blue tubs will go to a breastfeeding charity. “There was huge support from breastfeeding women for Baby Gaga ice cream in 2011, yet some politicians still stigmatise women for breastfeeding in public,” Hiley explains in a statement.“We thought the birth of a royal baby was a great time to whip up support for mums and say that when it comes to ice cream this summer, breast is best.” (Hmm, I’m not totally sure how eating someone else’s breast milk would convince the undecided to try nursing—or remove the stigma of feeding al fresco—but hey, it’s worth a shot?)

Related: How to Freeze and Unfreeze Breast Milk

Now, using breast milk for something other than feeding a baby is nothing new. Celebs are sampling it. Bodybuilders are downing the stuff to bulk up faster. People are even smearing it on as a facial (which, fyi, apparently works!). And although I’m a big fan of nursing—and vanilla ice cream—I can’t imagine digging into a bowl of another woman’s frozen breast milk, even if it was blended with fancy-sounding flavors. The potential safety issues alone would stop me. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can pick up a tub of Royal Baby Gaga in select London stores and online through the summer, or make your own using the company’s DIY recipe.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely

Product shot of Royal Baby Gaga courtesy of The Licktators via Facebook

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What’s So Offensive About This Breastfeeding Photo?

Friday, April 24th, 2015

breastfeeding momThe other morning, Elisha Wilson Beach went to the bathroom and stayed a few extra minutes for some a little quiet time before her 4 1/2-year-old woke up. But before long, Beach’s 11-month-old baby daughter, Nolan, wandered in to nurse. The LA mom did what many of us would do: She fed her baby while finishing up her own bathroom duties. Struck by the humor of the situation, she asked her husband, actor Mike Beach, to take a photo of her mommy multitasking. “I thought it was a cute moment to remember,” she told Today.com. “It was funny. I loved it.”

So she decided to share it on Instagram, writing: “This is motherhood and it ain’t always pretty. What’s your #momtruth? #motherhood #motherhoodaintpretty #tmi #confessionsofamom #ididthat #iamnotsorry.”

Related: Celebrity Breastfeeding Photos

Despite the awesome hashtags, not everyone appreciated the post. Commenters lashed out, calling the photo “distasteful,” “unsanitary” and “disgusting” because it took place in the bathroom. (Meanwhile, the ladies room is exactly where people expect breastfeeding moms to hide out when baby wants to eat in public!) They told Beach to “stick your kid in the crib until you’re done, or pump it and give it to them.” They said it was TMI, a wannabe zinger I find particularly ridiculous considering the flotsam and jetsam of junk floating around online.

But for all the haters, there were plenty of moms who could totally relate to the multitasking. “When breastfeeding gets real!” one mom wrote on Beach’s Instagram page. “Been there, done that,” wrote another. Several others reassured the mama that they too gave up privacy in the bathroom when they had children.

I’ll happily add my voice to the chorus of supporters. Because if parenthood teaches you anything, it’s how to multitask like a boss. Just today, I was taking my son to the pediatrician’s office and saw a fellow mom crossing a very busy Park Avenue. Amid the honking cabs and speeding cyclists, she had tucked her screaming toddler under one arm, and under the other a stroller, scooter and half-opened purse. Add a couple of shopping bags and an iced coffee, and she’d look like every mama in my neighborhood. Pulling double-duty is just part of the gig. What Beach showed is simply a reality for many parents, and it’s anything but distasteful.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch
How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch
How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch

Image of Elisha Wilson Beach via Instagram

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First Look! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Baby

Monday, April 20th, 2015

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a newborn baby, and after welcoming a baby boy last weekend, Justin Timberlake shared the first photo of his son, Silas Randall (named after both Timberlake’s father and his maternal grandfather), and Jessica on Instagram last night.

Much like Carrie Underwood, the SexyBack showed off his baby supporting a local sports team. Baby Silas seems content while wearing a blue Memphis Grizzlies jersey, the basketball team playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first NBA playoffs. Meanwhile, his beaming mama looks up in wonder as she holds their baby.

Timberlake, who was born and raised in Memphis, captioned the photo: “The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR”

There’s no doubt Justin and Jessica are on their way to be the most-relaxed parents of the year!

Related: 6 Reasons Why Justin and Jessica Will Be Great Parents

Justin and Jessica weren’t the only parents to introduce their baby officially this past weekend — Nick and Vanessa Lachey also shared a sweet family portrait that showed their daughter, Brooklyn Elizabeth, born earlier this year.

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

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New! Photos of Israel David Dillard

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Since Jill Duggar Dillard gave birth to baby Israel David last week, there have been a lot of coos over the baby’s cute factor.

The Duggars and Dillards have been generous in posting photos of #babydilly on Facebook and Instagram, and now Jill and Derick have revealed even more sweet and intimate photos on their website, dillardfamily.com.

As Derick shared on Instagram, “It’s so surreal to think we have a son! I love him so much! #babydilly #israeldaviddillard”

Check out three photos of Israel David basking in the spotlight below.

 

Israel David Dillard

Israel David Dillard

Israel David Dillard

Plus, rewatch the baby birth announcement video from the Dillards below.

Related: More Adorable Celebrity Baby Reveals

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Photos of Israel David originally featured on dillardfamily.com

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Baby Has Arrived!

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Jessica Biel and Justin TimberlakeWe speculated on Jessica Biel’s growing baby bump for months until she could no longer hide the fact: she was expecting a baby with Justin Timberlake!

Now, the much-anticipated #babyoftheyear has arrived, and it’s a BOY! Biel has given birth to the couple’s first child, son Silas Randall.

No other details have been made available, but the couple’s reps exclusively told People that “mom and baby are doing well and dad is ‘ecstatic’.”

While the super-private couple never officially announced the pregnancy, JT confirmed the news when he posted a sweet baby announcement on his birthday. “This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets,” the singer shared on Instagram.

During her pregnancy, Biel was spotted out and about in L.A., keeping healthy and fit with prenatal yoga. She was also busy planning for the opening of her organic kids-themed restaurant, Au Fudge, which will serve rainbow-colored items on the menu.

We are beyond excited for these two first-time parents, who we know will make an amazing mom and dad.

Congratulations to JT and Jessica!

Also, check out other celebrities who welcomed babies in 2015 

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Playing With Baby: Let the Music Play
Playing With Baby: Let the Music Play
Playing With Baby: Let the Music Play

Photo of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake via Shutterstock.

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