Like everyone else, new moms deserve a break — bonus points if said break takes place at Coachella. Over the weekend, model Behati Prinsloo hit up the music festival with husband Adam Levine after having their daughter, Gio Grace, two months ago. On Friday, she took to her Instagram to give fans a glimpse into what she did to prepare for a weekend of fun. According to Us Weekly, the Victoria's Secret Angel posted a photo of herself midway through pumping for milk, captioning it "#pumpanddump" on the post and “More like cowchella lol, Jamiroquai was sooooo worth the pump and dump" on her Instagram story.
Prinsloo is referring to the practice that some breastfeeding parents engage in to make sure any alcohol they consume doesn't seep into their breast milk. As Self has reported in the past, "the actual amount of alcohol that can pass through your breast milk to your baby is very low," and "pumping and dumping" breast milk after drinking has no effect on the concentration of alcohol in breast milk. (It's only recommended to relieve the pressure in one's breasts.) It's even acceptable to have an occasional drink or two while breastfeeding, Self reports, and if parents are really concerned about breastfeeding and ingesting more than one alcoholic drink, they can pump before drinking or wait until they no longer feel the "impact of alcohol" to breastfeed. Either way, "pumping and dumping" as Prinsloo did — though reportedly unnecessary — doesn't do any harm.
Still, that didn't stop nosy fans from jumping into the comments and mommy-shaming her for her decision. Although many showered Prinsloo with compliments and "relatable" comments, some criticized her for "wasting" her milk, while others even directly attacked her for seemingly doing so in order to drink. (It should be noted, by the way, that Prinsloo never stated she was "pumping and dumping" to imbibe.) "Disgusting..what kind of mom pumps and dumps?? Just so you can drink?? Gross..get a life!" wrote one user, while another added, "Nooooooo. Such a waste of milk. You don’t need to pump and dump!!! Please research the topic. 🙏🏻💕"
No matter what one's stance is on the efficacy of "pumping and dumping," at the end of the day, Prinsloo is free to do as she wishes with her own breast milk. With mothers all over getting unsolicited criticism, let's not add to the noise.
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