Celebrate Iconic Inspirational Mums with Medela this International Women’s Day!

Here at Medela, we believe every mum is a superhero, and this International Women’s Day we’re sharing the stories of inspirational mums who are at the top of their game in their chosen field, as well as being amazing mothers! Whether you’re aspiring to be the next Michelle Obama, or simply bossing it day to day, we’re celebrating you this International Women’s Day!

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here at Medela, we wanted to recognise some incredible celebrities who are truly inspirational mums. From politicians to actresses, from models to activists, we wanted to take this moment to give a huge shoutout to every single mama out there – you’re doing amazing!

Ashley Graham – supermodel, body positivity activist

Ashley has become a household name in recent years, with her social media posts and her work on body positivity through her job as a model. Since she has become a mum to her son Isaac, she’s also been very vocal about her breastfeeding journey, choosing to share many updates of her working life combined with pumping, breastfeeding during photo shoots and even being photographed breastfeeding for magazines! We think she’s an amazing advocate for breastfeeding, and truly inspirational for women of all shapes and sizes!

Michelle Obama – Attorney, Author and former First Lady of the United States


Is there anything Michelle Obama can’t do? From her career as a lawyer, through to her raising two children whilst also holding one of the most important public roles in the United States, it’s clear Michelle is a lady on a mission! With her memoir, Becoming, being an international bestseller, and her work as First Lady as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition and physical activity (not to mention THAT outfit at President Biden’s inauguration!), Michelle is a true role model for mothers everywhere.


Speaking about motherhood, Michelle said: "Being a mother has been a master class in letting go. Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control. And, boy, have I tried – especially at first. As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal. What’s both humbled and heartened me is seeing the resiliency of my daughters." 

Jessica Ennis-Hill – 2012 Heptathlon Olympic Champion and sports commentator

Not only is Jessica Ennis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic Heptathlon champion, she also returned to competitive athletics after the birth of her son Reggie in 2014, earning Silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – that’s one powerful mama! After announcing her retirement from athletics in October 2016, Jessica has gone on to become the first British woman to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as give birth to a daughter, Olivia in 2017.

Rachel McAdams, actress

Who could forget this iconic image of Canadian actress Rachel McAdams expressing milk on the cover of Girls, Girls, Girls magazine? At the time, the magazine’s editor Claire Rothstein said: “This shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding. We had a mutual appreciation disagreement about whose idea it was to take this picture but I’m still sure it was hers which makes me love her even more. 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. 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.”  We love that this mama is so proud of her breastfeeding journey, you go mama!

However you’re planning to celebrate this International Women’s Day, we think all you mamas are amazing! Take time to relax and enjoy yourself, you’re doing brilliantly <3

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