Scarlett Johansson reveals the unexpected work benefit of breastfeeding her daughter

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Scarlett Johansson has kept up a hectic schedule of movie roles and promotional tours since welcoming her daughter Rose Dorothy in 2014. And in a new interview she made it clear that time spent with her daughter, particularly nursing her, is what helps Johansson thrive at work.

In an interview with E! she talked about the “grounding” effect of breastfeeding after a day at work on the set of her latest movie, Ghost In The Shell.

“That is a very grounding [thing, to nurse],” she said. “If you ever needed to return to yourself, that is a pretty wonderful way to come back to yourself when you go home.”

She then added, “You have to leave all that work stuff behind and be able to present with your kid. I am very thankful that’s my reality at the end of the day.”

Johansson co-parents her daughter with ex Romain Dauriac, though the pair are currently embroiled in a custody battle, both hoping to gain primary residential custody. The 32-year-old actress has remained tight-lipped about the case, saying in a statement that it is in the best interest of her daughter who “will one day be old enough to read the news about herself.”

She also said that she would like her status as a “working mom” to be respected. But this position was thrown back at her by her former husband’s attorney Hal Mayerson, who on the same day as Johansson made her statement, told E! News that Johansson’s busy work schedule and travel commitments meant that Dauriac should have custody. “You can’t hide behind a suit or a dress — it’s what’s in the best interest of the child,” he said.

Now, staying true to her position of respectful silence on the matter, Johansson has subtly responded to the comments. In doing she’s demonstrated that her schedule is no hindrance to her ability to parent her daughter.

Johansson stars as a kick-ass femme robot named Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In A Shell, the adaptation of a manga, directed by Rupert Sanders. But the nature of the role has seen her face some tiresomely sexist questions during her press tour.

Speaking to Howard Sterne this week, she revealed how she hit back at questions about the skin-tight white unitard she wears to play the cyborg.

“I finally got so tired of being asked how long it took me to put on my suit and what I wear under there,” she explained. “And I said, ‘I’m sorry, do you happen to ask a man this question?’”

Handling difficult questions is definitely one of ScaJo’s many fortes.

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