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Jessica Simpson Praised for Breast Milk Pumping 'Success'

While parenthood is no easy feat, Jessica Simpson is celebrating the maternal "success" she had on Tuesday, two weeks after giving birth to her newborn daughter.

Simpson, 38, and her husband Eric Johnson, 39, welcomed daughter Birdie Mae Johnson on March 19. On Tuesday, the fashion designer tweeted a picture of a baby bottle filled with milk for Birdie that was likely pumped breast milk.

"This is what success feels like," Simpson shared via Twitter on Tuesday. The photo's caption was accompanied by a cow emoji. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises mothers breastfeed newborns during the child's first six months. The process boasts many benefits for mothers and babies. According to Healthline, it can put mothers at a lower risk for depression and can help promote a healthy weight for the child. Despite the reported benefits, not all women feed their babies this way. 

Many women struggle with breastfeeding and look to alternatives for feeding their child, whether it's by way of pumping milk or using formula. Verywell Family reported that a small percentage of women can't breastfeed because of lactation failure or having a low supply of breast milk.

When Simpson shared her moment of "success" with bottle-feeding her newborn, she received a wave of praise from fans. Some fans replied to Simpson's tweet with simple compliments like "well done" and "you go girl." Other female fans shared their personal struggles with breastfeeding. One tweeted "know the feeling" while sharing a similar picture to Simpson's, another claimed it "took all day" for her to pump "nearly" the same amount the singer did, and a third woman said they could "never pump that much."

"I once breastfed my son to the point of my dehydration then he threw ALL of it up all over the bed," another fan tweeted. "My husband gently suggested a bottle. I cried. It ain’t easy. #breastfeedingproblems."

Birdie is Simpson's third child after daughter Maxwell Drew, 6, and son Ace Knute, 5. Shortly after giving birth to Birdie, she took to Instagram to share how they were "so happy and proud to announce the birth of our perfect daughter." Birdie weighed "10 Pounds 13 Ounces."

Simpson isn't the first star to seek an alternative option to breastfeeding. In November 2018, country singer Jana Kramer spoke out about being mom-shamed over choosing formula over breastfeeding. 

"It's just frustrating when women [are told] breast milk is the best and [has] all the nutrients," Kramer said on her Whine Down With Jana Kramer podcast. "I understand that—[they] don't need to tell me something that I [already] know."

Jessica Simpson on 'Success' Pumping Milk Jessica Simpson is pictured attending The 2018 Outstanding Mother Awards at The Pierre Hotel on May 11, 2018, in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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