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Jessica Alba Talks Motherhood and High Expectations

Jessica Alba Talks Motherhood and High Expectations

As one of Hollywood's notable starlets, an incredibly successful businesswoman of a $1 billion dollar company, and family woman, Jessica Alba seems to effortlessly epitomize the modern women.

However, Alba recently revealed in an interview with Yahoo Parenting that she struggles with living up to certain motherhood expectations while balancing other aspects of her life.

"I know as a mom — and as a new parent — I felt confused. And I felt judged," Alba explained. She went on to make the unlikely comparison between high school and motherhood, explaining that 'the mean girl thing' from high school evolves into motherhood as well.

"Doesn't it feel like the mean girl thing from high school sort of just transforms into adulthood through motherhood?" Alba said. "I think it has to do with hormones, right? I mean, this is the first time I'm actually saying this out loud, but that mean girl stuff happens when your hormones are going crazy."

Alba later went on to talk about her split decision to quit breastfeeding to return back to work. That experience became an inspiration behind Alba's company The Honest Co.'s new venture launching this week – a feeding line that supports both breastfeeding and formula feeding.

After having her first daughter, Honor, when she was 27, Alba was asked for advice geared toward young moms, in which she responded, "I think the biggest thing is that what works for you, or what works for your friend, isn't going to work for everyone … there is no right or wrong."

She continued to stress the importance of women supporting other women, despite their difference in lifestyles.

"There’s no cookie-cutter way of going about it. And I think we as women — and as moms — we need to show younger girls that we support each other no matter what. And to try and not be so judgmental."

Alba also touched upon her fears about raising her adolescent daughters in a world fixated on body image and the pressures to conform, noting that the issue is not just in Hollywood but is universal.

"I think that body image, and fitting in and conforming, and ideas of who you need to be — that happens when you're a teenager, no matter where you live."

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