Rachel McAdams, the actress best known for her roles as Regina George from Mean Girls and Allie in The Notebook, has taken on another huge role: mom. This past April, she gave birth to her first child at age 39.

Although she is used to being in front of movie cameras, these days she is getting attention for a recent magazine photo shoot. McAdams graces the cover of Girls. Girls. Girls. magazine for their second edition, and inside, she did an editorial spread to accompany the shoot.

What’s different about the spread is that in one of the pictures, she is posing with a double breast pump. That’s right. Rocking Versace clothes and Bulgari diamonds, McAdams turned breastfeeding into high fashion!

The photo is earning praise for normalizing the act of nursing, but it sounds like it wasn’t even part of the original plan to print it. Photographer Claire Rothstein shared the image on Instagram and noted that McAdams was 6 months post-birth and took breaks to pump in between shots.

Rothstein wrote:

“We had a mutual appreciation disagreement about who’s idea it was to take this picture but I’m still sure it was hers which makes me love her even more. Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of. I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great.”

Using a hands-free breast pump, McAdams is posing with her hands on her knees, hair slicked back, and fire red lipstick. Most people commenting on the pic have called her a badass and are praising the image for promoting acceptance of breastfeeding.

She’s not in a bathroom stall or in a closet, and it shows that as a working mom, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. As a new mother, McAdams is reveling in her new role and calls it exciting. She told People magazine:

“I’m having more fun being a mum than I’ve ever had. Everything about it is interesting and exciting and inspiring to me. Even the tough days — there’s something delightful about them.”

She plans on keeping her son out of the Hollywood spotlight, so it is fair to assume that the public will not be seeing any pictures of him anytime soon.

But you can catch a glimpse of the mama bear’s now-viral photo by watching this video clip. Now that this is out there and garnering attention, we are wondering how many other moms will want to take similar photos as part of their newborn or post-partum shoots. Inspired?

Let us know what you think of this picture and the off-and-on stigma of breastfeeding here in the US.

Would you do a copycat photo shoot? Have you ever received a negative reaction while pumping or breastfeeding away from home?