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Julie Bowen Confesses to a Breastfeeding Blunder

10/05/2009 at 02:30 PM ET
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After expanding her family with husband Scott Phillips by three — sons Oliver McLanahan, 2 ½, and twins John and Gus, 5 months — in a matter of two years, Julie Bowen told the ladies of The View that she’s skilled when it comes to baby business.

“I’m good at making babies.”

While her many talents extend to filming her new series Modern Family while 8 ½ months pregnant with twins — “I’m behind everything, I’m behind people, cakes,” she explains –  one of Julie’s greatest feats since welcoming her sons may be her dedication to breastfeeding the boys. “It is tricky,” the actress admits of juggling her working schedule with that of nursing.

Fortunately, Julie seems to have found the answer when it comes to managing her time wisely: she pumps milk while she drives! “You slap it on, turn on the machine and you drive along. I’m so used to doing it that I don’t even think about it anymore,” she laughs.

Case in point? Stopped and forced to make a road detour, Julie — simply wanting to get home to her family — rolled down the window and asked a nearby police officer for help, oblivious to the fact that she was still connected to her pump.

“I said, ‘Officer, what’s going on?’ and he starts walking over to the car. I realize I’ve got an air horn attached to my boob and all of a sudden [I said], ‘Oh, no! No, no, no, stay away, I’m fine, really, please don’t come over to the car,’ because I didn’t want him to think I was drunk or something!”

The act of breastfeeding twins takes time — and patience! — notes Julie, 39, who profusely thanked her baby nurse Sharon for teaching her the ropes of the double football hold. And while many may marvel at a mother’s ability to simultaneously feed two babies, Oliver is far less impressed. “[He] comes up and he gets mad [and says], ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy,’” she shares.

“He just stands there and throws things…looks at me defiantly.”

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Source: The View

– Anya

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Kristine on

I’m sorry but am I the only one who thinks this pumping while driving is dangerous?

April on

oh boy!

Amy on

Kristine – There are hands-free pumping bras out there. I’ll bet that’s what she uses. You set yourself up with it before you start off and you’re all set. It’s really quite safe and easy. Safer than driving while using your phone!

Gigi on

I know tons of people who pump while they drive by using hands free pumping bras. I’ve done it before myself. It’s a no brainer once you get it hooked up. Of course you pull over to get it started and then to unhook.

CTBmom on

lol @ the breast pumping story! Too funny!

urbanadventurertales on

I breastfeed my twins and I give her credit for sticking with it while she’s working full time! It’s tough! I never tried to pump and drive, though…

Alicia on

The show she is in, “Modern Family”, is HILARIOUS. Everyone has to watch the next episode. I can’t stop laughing when I watch it. I didn’t think I’d like it but now I can’t get enough of it!

Angela on

This sounds a little dangerous to me. If something happens to the pump and the milk starts to spill in her lap, she could get distracted.

JMO on

I love her new show! I don’t really know much about her but Modern Family is straight up hilarious!

Kristine on

Ok, wow, just saw the hands free pump….might have come in handy a few years ago for me! Great for her for breastfeeding, but still don’t agree with pumping while driving.

SadieA on

I second what Alicia said! I thought her show would be like most network sitcoms (terrible, with a laugh track), but it is actually laugh out loud funny! I very rarely like sitcoms, but I was pleasantly surprised by her show.

Was she 8 1/2 months pregnant with twins while shooting Modern Family? In the 2nd episode you do see shots of her full torso and she definitely doesn’t look pregnant, so I assume she means she was pregnant and filming only during the pilot. In the 1st episode, you can tell that she is always covering her stomach area, but I didn’t notice it until I read this article! I had no idea she was pregnant until I read this lol

CelebBabyLover on

Kristine- Why don’t you agree with using a hands-free pump while driving? Like Julie said, she can basically just ignore the pump and drive! :)

Kristine on

It just seems unsafe, too distracting maybe, sticks out from what I can see… Even when checking websites about it there seems to be a debate about it. I guess like anything though it depends on the user so if she’s comfortable with it and pulls aside if she needs to than there’s nothing wrong with it :)

Jen on

haha thats a pretty good way of breast feeding just hook them up and ur off, still think its a bit unsafe even tho its handsfree but thats her choice. Saves a lot of time tho. :)

mc on

Pumping for me is mindless. I don’t even notice is when I am hands free.

It’s all about what you are comfortable with.

This story is great. It made me smile. She seems to have a good sense of humor about it.

Dana on

sometimes, esp. when you’re in for a long drive, and had no time to pump before leaving the place, you gotta do it in the car, I’ve p&D about 3-4 x’s, not as effective as sitting in a regular chair, but when it’s time…

Pam on

Hands free pumping and driving is a great way to multi task! As for dangerous, no more than sipping coffee, flipping radio stations, or singing along to a favorite song. I am more distracted by the fighting siblings in the back seat than I am by my cell phone. I think it depends on the person driving.

Sara on

There’s hands-free bras and pump setups that make it totally fine. Set up before starting the car and then drive on. It’s safer than talking on the phone, programming your gps, or eating while driving.
I’ve done it regularly and as she says you get so used to it that you forget it’s even happening.

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