Olivia Wilde for Glamour Magazine

Posted on August 06, 2014

This editorial makes us vaguely uncomfortable.

Olivia-Wilde-Glamour-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Editorial-Lanvin-Prada-Roberto-Cavalli-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Olivia Wilde covers the September 2014 issue of Glamour magazine in Lanvin photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

On why it feels natural to be photographed while breast-feeding Otis: “Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we’ve been discussing — that we know we can be. You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. [But] I mean, I certainly don’t really look like that when I’m [typically] breastfeeding. And there’s usually a diaper involved.”

On whether she worried it would be hard to be a working mother: “No, because of the example of my mom. My mom is such a badass working mother. That inspired me when I was pregnant. I wasn’t going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother.”

Olivia-Wilde-Glamour-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Editorial-Lanvin-Prada-Roberto-Cavalli-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Lanvin Resort 2015 Collection

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Olivia-Wilde-Glamour-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Editorial-Lanvin-Prada-Roberto-Cavalli-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Prada Fall 2014 Collection

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Olivia-Wilde-Glamour-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Editorial-Lanvin-Prada-Roberto-Cavalli-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Roberto Cavalli Fall 2014 Collection

 

But then again, we always feel a little weird about celebrities using their newborn children in their careers, whether it’s selling their first pictures to People magazine or posing alongside them for ad campaigns. It’s one thing to be a mom and talk about how that affects you and your work. It’s another thing to, for instance, pose for a fashion magazine in thousands and thousands of dollars of high end fashion with your own newborn baby as co-star (or worse: prop).

HAVING SAID THAT,

The breastfeeding picture is poignant and beautiful. The juxtaposition of couture (and the inattention to its presentation) with the intimacy of the moment and the nakedness of the baby is lovely and even striking. Our only complaint about the picture is that they plopped them both down in that very tired editorial cliche setting: the run down diner. They should’ve done that shot on the subway.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier for Glamour Magazine]

    • OffToSeeHim

      I once breastfed my baby sitting on one of those big tigers in front of Princeton University. The rundown diner is a cliché – OTOH, you get to the point where you could do it hanging upside down from a tree, you know? I love the picture, but I bet they snatched that baby QUICK once they had the shot. NEVER breastfeed a naked baby.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        On top of a tiger would have been much better. Or one of the lions in front of New York Public Library.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          They could’ve tied it in with the NYPL’s current ‘reading anywhere’ campaign – that would’ve been brilliant!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

            Apparently I used to bite if my mother attempted to read whilst breastfeeding. Maybe not the *best* ad for a library!

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              *much laughter*

      • Scimommy

        I think I read somewhere that he peed on the dress. OBVIOUSLY.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          She’s lucky if pee was all that happened. Breast-fed babies are poop fountains, y’all.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            I’m convinced that ancient cultures used breast-fed baby poop as a dye; it’s bright, bold and insanely colour-fast!

            • GorgeousThings

              Good as a wall paint, too. I had to repaint the baby’s bedroom because the stain wouldn’t come out.

            • Ginmaru

              And I thought we were the only ones where the poop hit the wall! LMAO!!!!

          • stellavision

            Oh my goodness. In my no-kids ignorance, I was all ready to ask, “why don’t you breastfeed a naked baby?” AND NOW I KNOW. Thank you, Bitter Kittens, for educating me.

            • Freynika

              During one of my twins’ first week of life, she managed to projectile poop in my eye.
              Consider that couture ruined. You can’t put a naked person with no bladder control against anything and expect them to not pee on it. Duh.

        • Judy_S

          I think that is a good use for that dress, actually.

      • Jacquie

        Especially a naked baby boy

      • smallgirlsaretrouble

        I read somewhere that, particularly in the first couple of months, for babies there is a connection between the sucking action and pooping. This was certainly true for us – ain’t no way I’m breastfeeding my daughter while she’s nakie!

    • doodley

      Diaperless newborn + designer dress seems like a recipe for disaster.

      • oldscrumby

        I remember reading Anne Geddes talking about a shoot where she had a large body builder doing that classical pose where one crouches down and leans over their knees, and then she put the baby curled up on his back. She went out of her way to mention what a good guy her model was for stoically holding his pose when the inevitable trickle happened.

        • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

          She heats her studio to, like, 98 degrees during her newborn shoots. The poor body builder had probably passed out.

    • sugarkane105

      I love her, I love the shot of her breastfeeding, and I love that she agreed to do the shoot. Even if that baby is about to pee all over her.

      • NinjaCate

        I read somewhere that baby Otis did in fact pee on her during the shoot.

        • Kate Andrews

          I am sure he did. Heh.

    • Kate Andrews

      Is anyone else giggling a little at the fact that the child’s name is Otis Sudeikis? It just occurred to me. And if this photo shoot brings breastfeeding in public more to the forefront, that’s good.

      • H2olovngrl

        AMEN!

      • Musicologie

        I was on a roadtrip this past weekend, and I breastfed at our stops. I abandoned using the cover when the baby was about four months old–he always pulled it down, so it’s more of a hassle than it’s worth. Most people where I’ve been either avert their eyes or approach me and quietly say I’m doing a good job. I realize this isn’t the case everywhere, but I’m glad that our culture is getting more accepting of public breastfeeding again. Images like this really do help!

        • Qitkat

          With the middle boy, I lost track of how many times I breastfed in public (almost 40 years ago), we moved across country for a temporary job training before he was a month old, so that was a four day roadtrip both coming and going, not to mention taking a roadtrip nearly every weekend for 3 months during that time. Nobody ever said a word to me. I tried to be discreet, but as you said, babies have their moments of pulling down the cover. Then I got back home, and whipped it out at a local restaurant, and a friend of ours, a noted boob-man, almost had his eyes pop out. Very funny.

    • farmgirlindc

      Doesn’t everyone know that when a baby eats, they dirty their diaper? This picture just makes me very concerned for her Cavalli dress.

      • Kent Roby

        This editorial is such a missed opportunity for putting the baby in couture!

    • ashtangajunkie

      Gorgeous, especially the breastfeeding shot.

    • James

      There’s so much stigma in certain places about breastfeeding because omg!breasts!nipples! that I adore this. More please (just put a diaper on the bb because we all know what follows). It’s also a beautiful shot. Well done.

      • H2olovngrl

        Right? We are subjected to so much ugly/fat/hairy man breast+nipple, why shouldn’t we be allowed to be topless without judgment when breastfeeding?

        • somebody blonde

          Or honestly, when we’re anywhere that men go without shirts without everyone getting exercised about it. I’d love to be able to go to the beach in the US topless without fearing arrest.

          • Aurumgirl

            Or terrifying harassment and worse.

    • mdcoon127

      The most concerning thing is why she and her fiance would saddle any boy child with the name Otis…

      • James

        Aww. I love that name. Reminds me of Otis Redding and so many good things follow.

        • mdcoon127

          Yes, I love me some Otis Redding too, but he is a celebrity’s child, they have enough to deal with…at least it wasn’t a fruit noun…

        • Capt. Renault

          I immediately start reciting ‘High Plains Drifter’ off of Paul’s Boutique, but I’m weird.

          • Sarah

            That ain’t weird. That’s good stuff! Personally, it brings to mind Duckie in the Trax record shop, but either way, I like the name.

        • scoobynacks

          Reminds me of either the town drunk from the Andy Griffith Show (which a lot of people have seen in reruns) or Milo and Otis. That would make her baby the pug in this situation.

        • Betsy

          There are three (count them) 6 year old boys named Otis in my son’s school.

        • MK03

          It just makes me think of Milo and Otis.

        • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

          I reminds me of elevators and the art college in Southern California, but neither of those are negatives in my mind!

      • FibonacciSequins

        It’s a trendy name these days.

      • your face

        I have a treeing walker coonhound named Otis, and it is really a perfect name for that sort of dog.

      • Wendi126

        Shama lama ding dong Otis Day and the Knights..

      • somebody blonde

        Hate to tell you, but it’s a pretty damn popular name right now. I bet he’ll have to go by Otis S. or whatever his middle name is in his kindergarten class because there will be others.

    • Julie Chase

      I can’t focus on the dress because OH MY GOD CHUNKY BABY THIGHS.

      • http://fibonaccisequins.storenvy.com/ Danielle

        I MUST NOM THEM IMMEDIATELY OM NOM NOM NOM

    • http://fibonaccisequins.storenvy.com/ Danielle

      Diaperless baby boy makes me so nervous for her gown. She’s so beautiful and I think breastfeeding is one of the most gorgeous things in the world.

    • SewingSiren

      Nice pictures , even if they are a bit cliche. From a design stand point the peach dress on the cover is the best one for breastfeeding.

    • smayer

      This week is World Breastfeeding Week. I’m glad to see a (although very glamorized) woman breastfeeding in a fashion magazine. The more you see it, the more normal it becomes, and the easier it is on us moms.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        And the easier it is for little girls to grow up knowing that it’s entirely normal and doable.

        • TropiCarla

          … and boys. ;-)

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Good point! I shall edit and acknowledge!

    • Helen

      I’m rearing my head again. Kudos to Olivia. She’ll do more for raising breasrfeeding awareness, and levels, than hundreds of thousands of nurses have managed to do for decades. Good on her for using her stardom, and influence, for good. Good on her. I reckon she should have done the shot whilst sat at a desk in a board meeting.

      • sugarkane105

        I thought of the office setting too! But maybe the photographer thought that’d be too on-point. It would have been neat to see her doing it on a movie set, in one of those director’s chairs.

        • Helen

          Now that would have nailed it….a directors chair, with all the cast and crew spilling around her. That would have been a bloody good shot…..

      • Jessica Freeman

        At least at her job…on set of a movie/show.

      • TropiCarla

        I agree about her doing so much to raise awareness. I will continue to do my part by occasionally handling the biz whilst shopping at Home Depot. Apparently plumbing supplies make my toddler ravenous. She is usually happy to help herself while being worn, but one day I forgot the carrier and she was in the shopping cart. I just leaned over and whipped it out while we kept strolling down the aisles. lol

        • Helen

          Nice to hear I’m not the only one who – faced with a ‘hungry baby meets life’ situation – has just whipped it out and got on with it!

          • TropiCarla

            Every. Damn. Day. ;-)
            We are going on 22 months soon and down to occasional drive-bys during the day, bedtime, and early morning w/ snuggles. But it is still the best and easiest way to calm her down — especially in overwhelming public situations.
            Nurse on, Badass!

        • FibonacciSequins

          BTDT!

        • Qitkat

          Good for you. I recall a similar situation when my youngest was 18 months old in the grocery story cart. This was the one time I lost my nerve and talked him out of it. I couldn’t figure out how to do it comfortably. I like your term of “drive-bys” :-)

    • whaddami

      I’m gonna go out on a limb here — sincere apologies to those with whom I’m disagreeing here. I loves me some babies, even loves me some babies breastfeeding shots, but really, this is about the most mercenary deployment of baby as lifestyle accessory ever. And I say that as a working mom who (occasionally) breastfed my baby in public. I’m with everyone that it would be GREAT if we could all be more comfortable with the latter, but I’m not at all sure that this spread is helping us achieve that.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I understand where you’re coming from but my gut reaction is that Ms Wilde isn’t that kind of woman. I can’t explain it and I’m probably naive but of all the ghastly c’lebs out there trying to sell us a lifestyle – I honestly don’t think she’s one of them.

        • sugarkane105

          I agree. As far as I know, Olivia doesn’t have a track record of using her personal decisions for monetary gain or public adoration. If Goop had done the same photo shoot, it would have seemed more suspect.

        • whaddami

          Good to know — I’m glad to hear that.

      • whaddami

        Oh, PS, while I’m down with the “breast is best” argument, I do wish we could dispense with the “it’s the most natural thing in the world” rhetoric. One of the hardest things to discover right after you’ve given birth and feel like you’ve been beaten up by a professional boxer is that the whole maternal pastoral image (of which this is a variant) is horribly misleading. Breastfeeding for most women is extremely painful (for several weeks or even months), and it takes a couple of weeks before you and the baby both know how to make it work. It feels about as far away from “natural” as possible when you’re trying to figure it out. I actually kind of wonder whether images like this make it harder for women to stick with breastfeeding, because when you make said discovery, you feel like a failure for not measuring up to this image, and I’m guessing that for a fair number of new mothers that feeling of failure makes it harder to keep working through the difficulties and challenges. At any rate, I’d really love it if the celebs promoting BFing would own up to the difficulties and talk about how they worked through them, rather than passing on all this “it’s the most natural thing” mess.

        • Jessica Freeman

          Totally agree and hesitate to make much commentary never being a mother, but watching friends struggle with latching/production issues, they find this glamorized version very hard to accept.

        • Alyssa

          I completely agree with you here. My body refused to produce enough milk to be able to feed my daughter, and I’m convinced that was one of the causes of my postpartum depression…feeling inadequate enough to be able to provide for my daughter, which was the one thing only I could do and was supposed to be able to do. However, I do completely support Olivia, and anyone, breastfeeding in public though!

        • Jacquie

          I agree, there is so much pressure on women to breastfeed that if for some reason it doesn’t work out, the new mom feels so guilty and something of a failure. So far from the truth. You don’t have to breastfeed to bond with your baby, just the togetherness of feeding a baby creates the bond. You have to do what is best for you and for your baby.

        • somebody blonde

          Yeah, this is why I think everyone should read up on the reality of feeding babies. “Baby Meets World” has a great section on what kinds of insane things people have fed babies and how formula is comparatively so much better than all the other breast feeding alternatives people have used throughout the ages. Actually, that book is really great in general for giving people perspective on the whole raising babies thing.

      • Imasewsure

        Yes a candid shot of her feeding her baby in “real life” would have been cute and maybe encourage a little more acceptance but this staged shot is just odd. And enough with the “I won’t sacrifice my career or my family” crap. Of course you won’t (nanny 1, nanny 2, personal assistant 1, personal assistant 2; bankroll; etc). Stars… they’re just like us!!! :)

      • Laura F.

        Yes, to all of this. Plus, this basic bitch seems to think that now that she’s a mother, she’s fully actualized. Some of us manage to keep evolving as human beings both with and without children, Olivia.

        • Sam Smith

          I really do get tired of the your not a whole person until you are a parent meme. It is wrong and while I don’t think new parents mean to, it unfairly denigrates those who can’t or don’t want to be parents.

        • somebody blonde

          What did she say that caused you to come to that conclusion? Was it quoted here, or is it in the original?

      • Gatto Nero

        Thank you for expressing what I was hesitating to say.

    • Michelle

      Nah, you can’t breastfeed on the subway. I couldn’t anyway – my kids took too long!

    • msdamselfly

      Weird and unnatural photo

    • Shalhevet

      Why do babies have to be naked in every “artistic” picture?

      Are we supposed to believe celeb babies don’t require diapers? Use a fancy cloth diaper if you want. Why ruin a dress? And the baby may be cold. And excreting waste. What’s the point?

      Btw, I think north west also peed on her parents during the vogue editorial. And Otis definitely did, Olivia tweeted about it.

      And oh, no way it was a spontaneous in the moment thing, cause the baby would’ve definitely been dressed.

      • MarieLD

        yeah. I wished the baby was dressed. Babies pee. All the time. Otherwise it’s a lovely photo.

      • Sonny

        How cute would it be if they made a cloth diaper that matched the dress? Although I guess that would take away from the spontaneous effect they were going for.

        • scoobynacks

          If a baby’s naked in that situation, feeding isn’t the spontaneous act you’re at risk of capturing. ;)

      • somebody blonde

        I would’ve loved to see some adorable baby fashion. It’s not like it doesn’t exist. Missed opportunity, Glamour!

    • theblondette

      Oh phew – for a moment, when I saw the first line, I thought you were going to object to the breastfeeding photo, and that wouldn’t be the TLo I know and love! I agree with you that it’s a beautiful photo. I like the juxtaposition of couture and intense physicality of breastfeeding. Of course it doesn’t look “real”, but it makes a perfect point about Olivia’s multiple identities – as actress, public figure, mother. I like it a lot. Her interview answers feel very self-conscious, but I think it’s hard for women to talk freely about early parenthood experiences, because they’re so used to being judged!

    • ElaineMarie34

      Celebrity mommy porn. I hate it all, from the bump obsession to the “her pre-baby body is back!” obsession to the staged photos of children who shouldn’t be used as props.

      • MK03

        OMG THANK YOU. I seriously cannot stand that crap. Women have babies all the time, why does everyone lose their shit when a celeb does it??

        • Anna

          Agreed. It’s a career move for many of them and has kept plenty a C-list star and below from fading off into obscurity. And why is it now that she’s a new mother that she’s suddenly a “personal happiness coach?”

          • TropiCarla

            The “personal happiness coach” was tongue-in-cheek from TLo, I believe.

            • Anna

              It’s on the cover, under the Olivia Wilde headline.

            • TropiCarla

              Oh My God … I guess my subconscious was trying to save me from the outrage. How ridiculous!

            • Anna

              No disrespect meant at all towards moms, new or otherwise. I really appreciate reading everyone’s different viewpoints and being able to have a civil discussion about it.

              Perhaps I’m reading too much into it (it is Glamour, after all), it just comes across as condescending to me. And I can’t help but feel if she weren’t a mom, they wouldn’t have put that on the cover.

    • MilaXX

      Feh, I don’t have a problem with women breastfeeding in public, but I’m not loving the use of babies as accessories.

    • MartyBellerMask

      … but let’s talk about the clothes. Horrible, horrible clothes that Miss Lady is rocking the hell out of.

    • GorgeousThings

      I nursed both my babies, so I have no beef with the shot – though I do agree the diner concept is tired. My absolute favorite picture in the shoot is the one of her holding Otis on the counter and the two of them looking deeply at each other. I remember that look. We probably have pictures of both the kids and me in exactly that pose. It’s one of those memories that just gives me a little tickle of delight in my stomach.

    • Sarah Winningham

      I assume this was shot at Johnie’s, on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. You see so many editorials shot at this diner because it’s only rented out for filming, not in operation as a restaurant, and probably has pretty competitive rates as opposed to a real location shoot.

    • Betsy

      As a former nursing mother, if it takes a celebrity to make breastfeeding more “acceptable” in the US, I don’t care Olivia Wilde’s actual motives. And I agree, the pictures are lovely. Then again, I’m a sucker for breastfeeding photos–no pun intended. ;)

      • conniemd

        That was exactly my reaction. Of course back in my day (almost 30 years ago) women would not be seen breast feeding in public. We had to excuse ourselves to go to another room.

    • Charm City

      On another topic entirely: does anyone know who designed the wedges she’s wearing with the Cavalli? They’re stunning.

      • kimmeister

        I’m with you! I’m more interested in the shoes than the baby.

        • Charm City

          found them: Prada! from the Fall 2014 collection.

    • MarissaLG

      The cover is very Carrie Bradshaw and not in a good way.

    • bayusc

      Am I the only one bothered by the term, “working mother?” When are men who’ve just become parents asked, “Were you nervous about becoming a working father?” I understand if she was asked about nerves regarding motherhood in general, but why is it automatically expected that parenting/career should be a burden for the mother, but of little impact for the father? LEAN IN, people.

      • demidaemon

        Really. Being a mother is work from conception. Jesus.

    • tallgirl1204

      My baby always pooped while nursing, so that last picture makes me very uncomfortable, in a “this fabulous dress is about to be shat on” kind of way.

    • marlie

      I think the cover photo is a terrible picture. The rest are fine, but boring.

    • Steve Shon

      Is that a naked baby at my lunch table? I don’t want naked babies trickling where food is served. When we say “You’re so cute I’d eat you up” it shouldn’t be literal

    • PastryGoddess

      I mean it’s great that she’s proud to be a mom, but this just reinforces Woman=Mom, Man=whatever/NotMom

      Call me when they put a man in thousands of dollars worth of couture feeding his naked baby with a car on fire in the background.

      • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

        Now that is an editorial that would get me to buy the mag!

      • somebody blonde

        At the same time, it is genuinely shocking to see breastfeeding in glamour shots, and I’m kind of glad they did it. I would even happier to see an actor photographed with his baby, though.

    • Qitkat

      My favorite shot is the one with her holding her baby on the counter. Those moments of eye-contact are food for mommies’ (and daddies’ and others) souls. Such pretty dresses too.

      LOVE the breast-feeding discussions! Everyone is so on point. I breastfed 3 boys, never any of them naked, or never me in a designer dress. I did have moments of leakage while dressed up though, so being peed/pooped on is not the only danger for a lovely dress :p

      I guess I find it astonishing, that 30-40 years after my BF experiences, this is STILL a hot-button topic. 42 years ago, I was in the minority, and had to work out a lot of my own issues. Just 2 short years later, doulas/midwives and earth mother attitudes and La Leche League (they have been around 55 years) were becoming more mainstream. By 1980, most women seemed to be breast-feeding, and I thought the bridge had been built that would not be torn down. I have no idea what happened to make this topic worthy of a celebrity photoshoot to continue the conversation. My two daughters-in-law got much more support, in recent years, from the first days in the hospital, but the more stressful lives of ‘working outside the home’ mothers took its toll on long-term and easy-going BF experiences. Due to location circumstances, I was able to stay home during that time, and now realize what a blessing it was. We’re all working moms, whether a payday is involved or not. Hugs to ALL the moms out there, breast/bottle feeding, employed/staying home. And absolutely no disrespect to men, whether fathers or not, or women who are not moms. Let’s just all support each other in our villages.

      • Kitten Mittons

        That’s something to keep in mind. As much as women work to normalize breastfeeding now, things have come so far. I didn’t realize that until I was pregnant and trying to plan how/if I would nurse once I went back to work. My mom told me that when she had my brother in the late 70′s that most mothers she knew at the time used formula, and were told that was the best option for their baby. She was definitely in the minority, she said. That just surprised the heck out of me.

        That’s not intended to judge moms who formula feed AT ALL. I’m definitely pro-BF, but after having gone through it, I’m also very much for doing what is right for you and your baby. Of the ladies in my office who have had babies while I’ve worked here, I’m the only one who was able to make nursing work, and that was mostly because I’m lucky enough to be 4 minutes from my child’s daycare, and nursing midday kept my production up. And all of their children have grown up to be healthy, beautiful, normal, and pretty awesome little kids. AND, I think their husbands probably got more bonding time than mine did by being able to bottle feed more often. To each their own. We may all have a ways to go, but I think in general, society has become much more accepting of doing what’s right for your family, daddy included.

        The leaking, though….I had to wonder if she had nursing pads on with all the couture. She HAS to, right?

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          There must’ve been pads that were whipped out just before each shot – breast milk stains almost as badly as breast-fed baby poop!

          • Kitten Mittons

            The pads, and I had these little cups that helped to catch the leaks. I had to wear both. And you best believe I saved that shit. Once you start the pumping and realize what a pain it is, each drop is like liquid freaking gold.

            My SIL had such trouble BFing and pumping. She had a hand pump, too. Ugh. Once, she pumped four ounces and then knocked over the bottle, and literally sobbed.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        It astonishes me that there is legislation in place in the US to ensure that employed mums who’re still breastfeeding have access to a private space with electricity and a fridge so that they can pump at work. That’s pretty amazing and the employed mums who breastfeed are AWESOME!!! but the fact that actual ‘Maternity Leave’ isn’t even on the table for discussion in this country completely blows my mind.

        I was lucky enough to be at home with my two and able to nurse for two years with my oldest and then two and half with my youngest. La Leche League were amazing. Meanwhile my own mother tried to stop me nursing (gee, thanks for the support mum!)

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      She irritates me in a way Gwyneth Paltrow has never managed. The best way I can sum it up is a Tina Fey Bossypants quote: “let me be amazing at you.”

      • jilly_d

        Award for Most Perfect Usage of a Tina Fey Quote.

        • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

          I’d like to thank the Academy, Uncles T and Lo, and all the Bitter Kittens for making this moment possible. I couldn’t have done it without you.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      All I can think about is the speed of digestion of the average infant. My son would, literally, poop halfway through every meal until he started eating solids. There is no way on God’s green earth I would have agreed to nurse him without a diaper. Especially in a frock that probably didn’t cost $9.99.

    • tinapunk

      LOVE THIS! The public needs to stop being so “gasp” about breastfeeding when women in bikinis prance around daily.

    • Trishington

      And the winner of this week’s Photoshop-the-hell-out-of-it Award goes to Glamour for the cover shot.

    • somebody blonde

      I love the shots of her with her baby, but have exactly the same problem with them: why a diner? Why on god’s green earth would a woman wear beautiful couture in a diner? Honestly, these would’ve been cooler looking in her kitchen.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        Haha, it reminds me of how, after this black tie formal wedding, my boyfriend, some friends and I ended up at a diner eating greasy drunk food.

        • somebody blonde

          See, normal people formal wear, I can totally see happening. It’s just that it seems downright bizarre that the same woman who can afford a couture dress is going to wear it to a diner and breastfeed her baby there. It’s funny, because normally I can suspend my disbelief for editorials, but this one just took me right out of the picture.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      I’m going to be the one to make the bitchy comment – what’s with the drag scarves with every look?

      • demidaemon

        Perhaps Olivia is trying to hide something.

        Just kidding.

    • demidaemon

      I actually find the breastfeeding picture strking, but this whole interview has been a rather “been there, done that” sort of thing.

    • Mary Sinning Poole

      I took my four month old and my four year old to the Museum of Natural History 20 years ago. The baby started getting fussy for a snack and I found what I thought was a place out of the way where no one would be bothered by me breastfeeding an infant, and I did cover up. Someone complained to a guard who asked me to move, and that when I noticed I was sitting under a sign that said, “Hall of Mammals.”

      • Garcia Loca

        Perfectly appropriate placement then!

      • Qitkat

        Shakes head in dismay. I might have gotten a bit mouthy if that had ever happened to me.

      • Melanie

        i just do not understand people who complain over the sight of a woman publicly breastfeeding her child. it does not compute to me.

    • SoAnnaPropriate

      I’ll take the shoes in the Breast-feeding shot, please. Keep the peed-on dress, though I sorta like it.

    • VioletFem

      So she’s promoting her baby? This whole editorial just seems really odd.

    • crashtestbonnie

      “They should’ve done that shot on the subway.” <— This. Yes. I totally agree. The look on her face… I didn't breastfeed but I watched some friends who did and that's not faked. But if she's going to go editorial with it it would be nice to see an underexplored setting. Having said that, I think for those who choose to breastfeed, this is an AWESOME piece of propaganda. Seriously. Agree or not, what other celebs do you see out there promoting this choice? Not many. This becomes less scandalous and less exploitative once we, as a society, get a grip on breastfeeding as a natural option for motherhood. ::steps off soapbox to feed kids boxed mac n chz::

    • suzq

      In that dress, it should have been a 4 or 5 star restaurant.

    • Columbinia

      Subway. Wicked T Lo.

      Images of a gorgeous woman with no baby weight wearing glamorous evening clothes and perfect hair and makeup while breastfeeding just might push a few new mothers right over the edge. Thousands of spouses may be coming home to sobbing, disconsolate women with newborns who have just seen this issue of Glamour.

      Well, anyway, at least she didn’t talk about consuming the placenta.

    • LibKat

      I know I’m really judgmental but the creepiness of infant as editorial prop is just too fame whore for me.

    • Nicole

      The subway idea is fab but, having been both celebrated and rejected from restaurants with my newborn, I think there’s no better setting than the diner for political reasons.

    • JynxTheCat

      feels gimmicky.