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Whether it’s breastfeeding or eating organic or using eco-friendly cleaning products, Jenna Elfman makes every effort to give her sons Story, 4 1/2, and Easton, 2, a healthy start in life. The actress, who last month spoke to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the Healthy Child Healthy World event that she hosted at her LA home, chats to Time about going green.
On what she feeds her kids: “Only organic produce and as much organic stuff as possible. In terms of canned foods, I try to use canned goods from this one company that doesn’t use BPA [Eden Foods]. I’m not a full hippie granola make-all-your-own-stuff kind of person. I’m not good in the kitchen. If I was a better wife and homemaker, I would make more of my own stuff, but that is not who I am…. The majority of our life is organic. When we’re out and there’s a birthday party or we’re somewhere and there’s a hot dog, I’m like, eat a hot dog.”
On the barriers to breastfeeding: “There are familial barriers and institutional barriers. In my prenatal classes, breast-feeding was talked about for five minutes. It was like, Hold your boob like this, and I didn’t even know what she was talking about. And these were private lessons. My mom didn’t breast-feed me. My generation was all formula-fed mothers. The first time I saw someone breast-feed I was 11 or 12. And I was like, Whoa. I thought it was awesome, and I wanted to do that. It felt so right to me.”
On encouraging healthy living: “There’s a balance. Just do what you can. The majority of people out there want to make things better for them and their family. If you don’t know what you don’t know, you can’t start making things better. There are so many Americans who have absolutely no idea the amount of toxins in their households. If I can make them stop and put the brakes on for a second and think, Wait, is that bad?, if I can inspire people to make changes, that’s great. I just wanted to start raising awareness.”
Read Jenna’s entire interview at Time.com