Rachel McAdams is dressed to the nines in Versace on the latest cover of Girls. Girls. Girls. She’s also accessorized in blingy Bulgari jewelry and wearing a bold red lip. But it’s the breast pumps affixed to her chest that demand attention. Needless to say, this is “f*cking major.”
Those are the words of Claire Rothstein, the magazine’s editor and photographer. “A million reasons why I wanted to post this picture. Obviously #RachelMcAdams looks incredible and was quite literally the dream to work with, but this shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son,” she wrote on Instagram. This is the first time we’ve seen a new mom captured like this on a cover, and fellow moms are obsessed.
“I love how this embodies absolute glam as a woman and the softness of motherhood at the same time!” one comment reads.
As Rothstein recalls, the new mom was still breastfeeding, so she was “expressing/pumping” between shots. While every mother is different, when it comes to breastfeeding, the average woman has to pump eight to 10 times a day. And because motherhood is a full-time thing, that often means multi-tasking: pumping while doing housework, running errands, studying, and/or working.
Though McAdams is notorious for keeping the details of her personal life private, including her relationship with boyfriend Jamie Linden and the birth of their son, whose name has not yet been disclosed, her message here is clear: It’s time to stop stigmatizing women for breast feeding or pumping in public. She joins stars like Chrissy Teigen, Kristen Bell, and the Kardashian sisters, plus policy makers like including Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who are working to normalize the act and ensure family-friendly workplace policies.
“Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of,” Rothstein continued in her post. “I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great.”