Least-Glam Part of the Oscars? Pumping Breastmilk in the Potty

Really, Oscars? One A-List star said his breastfeeding wife was pumping in the bathroom during the 2016 Academy Awards.
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Celebs—they're just like us.

Especially when it comes to dealing with the trials and tribulations of finding a place to express breast milk in public. Because, according to Refinery29, the only place for our favorite A-list moms to pump during the four-hour 2016 Academy Awards ceremony was, apparently, in the Dolby Theater bathroom.

Wait, what?

"I'm just waiting for my wife to finish breast-pumping in the bathroom," said best supporting actor nominee Tom Hardy, who recently became a father for the second time with English actress Charlotte Riely and was spotted pacing around the lobby by the LA Times. "She has to do it every hour."

Pumping isn't easy. I remember breaking out into a full sweat many times while trying to express milk, and that was when I was in my own bed, in the comfort of my own home. Pumps have so many parts, all which need to be kept sanitary. I can't even imagine what it's like to try and pump in an enclosed yet public space, while decked out in a designer gown, with the sound of toilets flushing all around me. (And a breast pump doesn't exactly fit nicely in a designer clutch.)

How is it that, in this day and age, the Academy Awards doesn't create a separate, comfortable, more sanitary space for breastfeeding moms? This isn't even the first time the issue has made ehadlines, according to Refinery29. In 2013, Adele famously told The Guardian that she was "running to the toilets.. .to pump and dump. Which loads of people were doing... All these Hollywood superstars, lined up and breastfeeding in the ladies."

Consider the thought put into the swanky design of this year's Green Room: Built entirely from scratch to resemble a late 20th-century home in the Hollywood Hills, the VIP spot featured everything from a full bar with a mirrored glassware rack, a large L-shaped couch facing a 65-inch flat screen TV, and a floor-to-ceiling lightbox that gave the illusion of a picture window looking down on a stunning panorama of Los Angeles.

But moms had to pump milk in a lousy public bathroom.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld

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