Without a Trace of Irony, Alanis Morissette Vows to Breastfeed Her Son Until He Asks Her to Stop

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It appears the time has come for every celebrity mother to take sides in the attachment parenting debate. Today Alanis Morissette planted herself firmly in "very attached" territory by saying she still breastfeeds her 16-month-old son Ever and won't stop until he asks her to. She thinks it's going to save her on therapy bills later, but she oughtta know that's crazy.

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Morissette says she'll keep breastfeeding Ever "until he weans," which could be forever. (Sorry.) The reason?

I think it afford the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to. For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment. That stage of development is a very important stage.

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Pshht. Doesn't she know that all children, no matter how you raise them, will need some kind of therapy down the line? Either because you were too nice or too cold or too famous. If you want to breastfeed him indefinitely, go right ahead, but be careful not to fall off that high-horse when it starts galloping out of control and you've got a 16–year-old trying to suckle at your breast. [NYDN]


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The one thing you really don't want to do if you're the producers of a reality show is reveal who's going home before it's actually happened on-air, since suspense is pretty much the only thing that makes those shows watchable. And yet that's exactly what ABC has done with this week's Bachelorette episode. Earlier today they accidentally posted the goodbye confessionals of the three contestants Emily eliminates tonight. Oops! The video has since been taken down, but beware the spoilers that are now all over the internet. [E!]


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Bobbi Kristina gave a nice little speech in honor of her mom at the Billboard Music Awards, but apparently last night wasn't all hugs and smiles. Ray-J was seated in the same area as Whitney Houston's family, and they weren't happy about it. Some say they called the cops and tried to have him arrested, but they deny it. Either way, he was not arrested and now everyone can move on with their lives, hopefully with a little less drama. [E!]


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In addition to all of his other skills (acting, picking Twitter fights), Alec Baldwin is apparently a mind-reader. His 30 Rock wife, Elizabeth Banks, has revealed that while she and her husband were expecting a baby via surrogate, but hadn't yet told anyone, Alec was on to her:

Alec Baldwin asked me straight up [if I was having a child]. I had made a comment about wearing a fake belly, something innocuous, and he looked me straight in the eye and asked me, "Are you pregnant right now?" And I blanched totally. Because of course, technically, no I wasn't. But then, technically, yes, in a way I was! And it was very weird.

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Lesson learned: don't go anywhere Alec Baldwin if you're trying to keep a secret—those baby blues can see everything. [Digital Spy]


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Have you spent much time thinking about Zooey Deschanel's bangs? Well, maybe you should start, because according to her, they're pretty interesting:

I've always felt like a brunette with bangs. I've grown [my bangs] out before, but I feel more comfortable with them. I sweep them sometimes for a little change of pace. They have their own personality!

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If anyone needs me, I'll be over here anthropomorphizing my ponytail. [Digital Spy]


  • If you are one of the three people who absolutely loves Good Morning America with all of their heart, then you will be pleased to know that you'll now also be able to enjoy a new show called Good Afternoon America. Very clever title, no? It will be on for a time in July, and presumably it will be as horribly boring as it sounds. [Atlantic]
  • Speaking of ABC, they've poached Weekend Today anchor Amy Robach to be a correspondent for their news shows. Somewhere in a janitor's closet at 30 Rock, Lester Holt is silently weeping. [AP]
  • Sniffles. Kristin Stewart had to miss the premiere of her mom's film at Cannes because she was busy promoting her Snow White movie. [E!]
  • Even though he's tangled up in a legal battle with her mother over supposed bigamy, Reese Witherspoon went for a hike with her dad this weekend. Her two kids were along for the ride, as was, you guessed it, her ever-larger baby bump. [E!]
  • Hilary Duff took her new baby, Luca, out for his first public adventure, but he was covered by a blanket. Of course, we've already seen pictures of his adorably little face on Twitter. So we're all set. [Us]
  • Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day, played at Mark Zuckerberg's wedding this weekend, because of course he did. Did Zuck pay him or just threaten to delete his Facebook account if he didn't do it? Who knows, but it makes me wonder: Do you think Zuckerberg every pays for anything? Or do people fall all over themselves to give him free shit so he doesn't ruin their digital lives? [People]
  • After Chrissy Tiegen called out Chris Brown on Twitter for lip-synching, she was attacked by a well-orchestrated army of Brown supporters aka Teem Breezy. Ugh. Read the collected madness here if you dare. [ONTD]
  • This should come as no surprise to anyone who's ever seen Kate Gosselin light up in front of the camera, but she and her giant fam are looking to get back into reality TV now that their contract with TLC is up. Probably her only hope is to either go on a show like Hoarders: Kid Edition or to turn all eight of her young spawn into little couponing bots and try to dominate the competitive couponing scene. [E!]
  • Gasp! Dog the Bounty Hunter's show has been cancelled—or, as TMZ so classily put it, euthanized. [TMZ]
  • It has been a rough couple of weeks in terms of losing famous musicians. Today we've learned that Peter Jones, the drummer for Crowded House, has died. He was 45, and had been battling brain cancer. [E!]

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ASmallTurnip
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I was breastfed until about 18 months, not because my mum was into any attachment parenting theory, but because I was a wee one in rural Malaysia, and in the early 80s, food and water contamination was a real issue there. Keeping your kid on the boob for longer just offered a bit more protection from illness when you're living in developing places, I think.

But Mum gets this hilariously queasy look on her face when she talks about how on the day I piped up and said "Other side, Mummy," she buttoned up her shirt and went to go purée the hell out of some mango for me. If you're kid's old enough to chat to you about it, they're old enough to negotiate with the world of real food.

Of course, I don't have kids, and so know exactly jack shit about how I'd feel when actually confronted with the issue, but I can't help but think that it does your kid a disservice by not letting them get to grips with messy, gloopy, awesome food. Because food is awesome. It's interesting and educational and challenging and tasty and fun. Having to eat weird green stuff because it's good for a body is an important life lesson, and one probably best learned early. And developing fine motor skills with a spoon is fantastic, especially when you get the hang of flicking stuff at the dog.

Food is brilliant. Breastmilk is pretty tasty too, I'm sure, but trust me: puréed mango is way, way better.