Jessica Alba is the proud mother of two vivacious daughters: Honor Warren, born in 2008, and Haven Warren, born in 2011. But the actress, who founded the Honest Company with Christopher Gavigan in 2011, openly admits that when she first became a parent, a few other mothers made her feel "confused" and "judged."
Luckily, Jessica tells Yahoo! Parenting, "I found some girlfriends that I could lean on." One of the most debated topics was breastfeeding. "Doesn't it feel like the mean girl thing from high school sort of just transforms into adulthood through motherhood? I think it has to do with hormones, right?" the Barely Lethal actress, 34, wonders. "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. And then your hormones go crazy again when you're pregnant and having a baby—and even when you're breastfeeding. And I feel like maybe it's just all those hormones, and people don't know where to put their energy, so they just start clashing."
It's because of those experiences that Jessica wants to foster kinder conversations about motherhood. "Now I'm one of those moms that gives you too much advice that you may or may not want," she says. Most importantly, she means well. "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," Jessica explains.
"I have two very different girls. The way that I parent one is different than the way that I parent the other. There's no cookie-cutter way of going about it," she tells the website. "I think we as women—and as moms—need to show younger girls that we support each other no matter what and to try and not be so judgmental."
Jessica's husband, Cash Warren, provides extra support. "He's a good listener," she says of the sock designer. "He's been an entrepreneur longer than I have. He helps me a lot…I wouldn't be able to do what I do if I didn't have a great partner. My husband's loving and supportive, and he's a great dad. We're very much a team."