Hollywood leading ladies Jenna Elfman, Kelly Preston and Laila Ali came together last weekend to empower moms and moms-to-be to raise healthy babies. The first ever celebrity breastfeeding and toxin-free living event was held at Elfman’s home in Los Angeles to benefit not-for-profit organizations Best for Babes and Healthy Child Healthy World. The event was sponsored by Leading Lady nursing intimates and Ameda breast pumps and coordinated by celebrity event planner Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess.
“I love nothing more than being a mom, and as a moms we are fiercely protective of our kids,” Preston tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I know I would do anything to ensure the health of my children. That started from day one, twenty years ago, with that first connection I had with my son the first time I breast fed him,” she shares of her bond with late son Jett.
Preston, 49, who is mom to 12-year-old daughter Ella and 1-year-old son Benjamin, continues: “Not only did I feel this amazing bond between he and I, but I know that I was giving him something that nothing else on earth could. Mother’s milk is loaded with so much vital protection that your child will never get anywhere else.”
Elfman – mom to sons Story, 4, and Easton, 2 – shares her reasons for hosting the event.
I hosted this party to educate and inspire mothers, fathers and families that everybody can do something to make our kid’s lives more healthy and less toxic, laying the foundation for a healthier and better quality of for us all,” Elfman tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “New parents are inundated with information and choices, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to do first. But we all have to start somewhere and education and awareness are always the first steps.”
“When I became a mom, I learned that most of the products being sold to us are poisonous and harmful to all human beings and our environment,” says Ali, mom to Curtis, 3, and Sydney, 1. “I want to protect my children and our world from harm. When I first started educating myself about taking care of my baby, I learned how important it is to breastfeed; the bonding with the baby, the nutrition, the immune protection. I realized, this is something I have to do, whether I wanted to or not. I know it wasn’t going to be easy, I had heard some negative stories, but I felt since there are many women out there who have been able to do it and be successful, then so I can. That’s what made me decide that I wanted to breastfeed.”
Guests, including an expectant Vanessa Lachey, checked out lacy, stylish nursing bras by Leading Lady, learned about Ameda’s patented germ-free pump technology, browsed toxin-free products for their homes and children from eco-friendly brands, noshed on fare from Chef Ludo Lefevbre, and left with incredible Swag Bags full of donations from the generous sponsors.