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07/30/2015 10:37 am ET

Jessica Alba Opens Up About Breastfeeding And 'Mean Girl' Moms

“I know as a mom and as a new parent I felt confused. And I felt judged."

When Jessica Alba first became a mom, she grappled with the feelings of confusion many moms face. 

“I think that what works for you, or what works for your friend, isn't gonna work for everyone, and there is no right or wrong,” Alba told Yahoo! Parenting.

She said the same goes for different kids: she raises daughters Honor, 7, and Haven, 3, very differently. 

When it comes to breastfeeding in particular, Alba's Honest Company offers products for women who choose to breastfeed and formula for those who don't. 

"I know as a mom and as a new parent I felt confused and I felt judged," she said. "I found some girlfriends that I can lean on, and a lot of my friends did both. I just wanted to create a line that's for everyone."

The breastfeeding versus formula debate can become a heated topic. "Doesn't it feel like the 'mean girl' thing from high school, sort of, just, like, transforms into adulthood through motherhood?" Alba said. "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. Maybe it’s just all those hormones, and people don’t know where to put their energy, so they just start clashing.”

The sentiment is one that Alba has echoed in the past. 

“When you become a mom, the last thing you want to do is feel judged," she told People magazine in 2013, discussing practices like breastfeeding and co-sleeping, "because everybody is trying to do the best they can.” 

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