Blake Lively Is Being Praised for Normalizing Pumping in Public

The actress and entrepreneur accessorized with a breast pump while at Disneyland Paris.
Blake Lively

Blake Lively.

While lots of us reflected on the past year with an Instagram carousel of images or videos, Blake Lively’s post received praise from many women around the world for one reason in particular.

The Gossip Girl actress took to social media on Dec. 30 to share a collage of pics from her family’s 2023 trip to Disneyland Paris. The 36-year-old mom of four offered up snapshots alongside her sister, Robyn Lively, and mother-in-law, Tammy Stewart Reynolds. She also included a pic of herself posing with Remy and Emile from the animated film Ratatouille. In the latter photo, Lively accessorized with a breast pump.

“2023 Highlights: pumping at @disneylandparis 🥛 Cheers Remy,” she quipped in her caption.

Many of the A Simple Favor star’s 43.8 million followers chimed in to the comments section to thank Lively for normalizing pumping breast milk in public. 

“Thank you for pumping in public and helping to make a positive change for the next generation of pumping moms out there!” one person gushed. “I’m hoping that by the time my daughters become moms they’ll live in a society where moms feel comfortable and empowered to take care of their babies wherever they are. The more people see women breastfeeding in public, the more normal it becomes, so thank you for being a part of that ❤️.”

“Love seeing pumping normalized! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 get it mama!” another fan cheered. “Happy new year!”

“I’m in PR and you pumped during multiple interviews with media and that’s when I knew you were a true Queen 🙌❤️🔥,” someone else noted.

“Will totally be me packing around my pumps at Disney World in a few weeks,” another added. “Gotta do what you gotta do!!”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.