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Breastfeeding Angelina Jolie fronts magazine

October 9, 2008

Doing what new moms do — but usually in private –  Angelina Jolie appears to be shown breast feeding on the cover of the November issue of W magazine, in a photo taken by her partner Brad Pitt.brad-angie.jpg
The black-and-white cover shot, which circulated on the Internet on Thursday, is apparently one of a group of photos of Jolie taken by Pitt  — and more pics are promised inside. 
With Hollywood undergoing a baby boom in the past few years, many a celebrity mom is talking openly about the joys of breastfeeding their newborns.

But few of them allow photographs of them doing so to make their way to the front pages of national magazines.

The cover photo shows Jolie, 33, smiling with her hair over her shoulder and her blouse open at her left breast. One can just about make out a tiny hand — presumably one of Jolie’s infant twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, who were born on July 12 in Nice, France. 
  Jolie told People magazine in August that she was trying to breastfeed both the twins — then three weeks old –  at the same time. “We try to get them to eat simultaneously for the sake of management but it gets a little crowded at the bar,” she told the magazine.

Actress Demi Moore smashed the taboo about public pregnancy photos back in 1991 when she was pictured nude and seven months pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

Is Jolie starting a new trend for breastfeeding stars?

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)


“Doing what new moms do — but usually in private – Angelina Jolie appears to be shown breast feeding ”

in reality, most new mothers around the world have no problem breastfeeding in public… only in the absurd United States where most people see breasts only as sex objects is breastfeeding in public considered obscene… time to grow up americans and understand what breasts are there for… mothers who breastfeed have a lower incidence of breast cancer (you don’t use ‘em, you lose ‘em), and children who are breastfed are not only physically healthier but emotionally healthier…


Is anything private to this egotisical media loving couple?

Posted by kelleigh | Report as abusive

I agree with Dragonfly’s comments. I’m surprised by some of the reaction. The photo was beautifully and tastefully done. I’ve seen more of a woman’s breast on a weekly celebrity magazine. Halle Berry is on the cover of a men’s magazine in a provocative pose with her legs wide open proclaiming her to be the sexiest woman in the world. Yet a poignant photo of a mother doing what comes naturally to millions of women around the world creates a stir. Talk about ironic.

Posted by Faye | Report as abusive

Its a beautiful and deeply intimate photo. Brad is a very skilled photographer. The only shock is that they would share something so far from their Hollywood persona.

Posted by Linda Lou | Report as abusive

who cares? We have young people fighting overseas to preserve peace at home, the stock market is crashing, people are losing jobs and retirement funds, and people are still obsessed with rich, hollywood crowd’s behavior? Grow up! Go to school, get a life!

Posted by Angie | Report as abusive

Its enriching to know that a well known personality like jolie was breastfeeding her child just like a normal mom. This act of hers will go miles in sending a message across the globe that breatfeeding is very normal and very necessary for an infant,keeping in mind the numbers of infant mortality rate of the world. Keep up the classic work. And i must add that picture was done in a very good taste.

Posted by parinita | Report as abusive

Ditto on who cares, really now whats next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
no one cares what celebrity breastfeeds or not………….
get a life why are so many people obsessed with anything the stars do.

Posted by cynthia | Report as abusive

In your longer article for this subject you write
‘But while breast-feeding support groups and moms celebrated Jolie’s public statement, one expert said the picture felt like voyeurism, especially given Jolie’s sex symbol status in movies like “Wanted” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.’

It is unclear who the expert is you refer to.. perhaps bad editing or maybe they wished to remain anonymous.. Could you please clarify. thanks

Posted by Laura | Report as abusive

Well, in culture i belong to breast feeding is not as a crucial matter as this is in west. it’s natural, creates a spirtual bond between mother and child.

Yeah, one thing i have objection about that Jolie must not publicise herself like this. She must not let the photographers to shot her like this.


Posted by Bobby Victor Thomas | Report as abusive

Actually I am so sick and tired of this overexposed couple and their travelling roadshow. No matter what the hip crowd says about how beautiful breastfeeding is, it should still be kept private. And yes, given her sex symbol status, it is rather gauche and tasteless. And the next time they complain about papparazzi harassment, just remember that they help fan the flames with pics like these. All because they want to sell their films! So much for love of privacy blah blah blah. What hypocrites, just like all celebs!

Posted by chaos | Report as abusive

What is SO great about this couple? The media acts like everything they do is just golden!! Women breastfeed their babies ALL of the time and have done so for centuries!! Also, they are not the only couple that has ever adopted or given money to charity, but some folks act like they are the first in history to ever do so! They are just EXTREMELY over-exposed and have to let the media know EVERYTHING they do!! Give me a break already!! Please, stop worshiping this couple, they are not all that!! I think if the public would stop buying every magazine cover they are on, they would not be seeking all of this attention.

Posted by Melanie | Report as abusive

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