Why Kristen Bell Took a Day Off From Pumping

Kristen Bell discussed the hilarious reason for the "physical sacrifice" she made to skip pumping for a day.

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Breastfeeding moms don't have it easy—from lugging pumping equipment around to scheduling breaks. But hearing the breastfeeding sacrifice Kristen Bell made recently just might help you feel better about your own pumping-mom struggle.

The actress stars in the movie CHiPs alongside her real-life husband Dax Shepard—and let's just say she physically committed to the role in a way that'll have all the breastfeeding mamas out there saying "ouch."

Kristen wanted her character in the movie to look she had "an aggressive boob job," so she spent an entire day away from her breast pump.

“I was like, ‘My craft deserves it. I gotta do it. I’m a serious actor.' I was breastfeeding at the time. I wanted my character to have an aggressive boob job, like it’s the only thing you can think about when you see someone," she told Seth Meyers during an appearance on his show. "So I didn’t pump for a full day, and I said to the kids, ‘Daddy’s making a movie, go to the fridge, the food truck is closed.’ ”

Kristen admitted that she's typically "not working with much" in the breast department, which is how she justified the unusual move—but she also conceded that holding on to that much breast milk wasn't exactly fun. "It’s painful when you’re engorged," she said. "That’s why it was my physical sacrifice.”

Yeah, this doesn't sound like a pleasant feeling. But hey, at least Kristen is committed to her craft. We're also sure Kristen isn't the only woman out there who understands the pain of engorgement—though probably very few of us have done it for a sight gag in a comedy movie!

Tell us, mamas: Have you ever gone this long without breastfeeding or pumping—and what was the reason you did? (And get more Kristen from our recent Facebook Live chat with our sister publication, Parents—including some stellar parenting advice.)

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