Breastfeeding is hard. And one mom wants other new moms to know it’s natural to struggle with this “natural” task.
Leah, who goes by @thenashvillebump on Instagram, posted a raw photo of herself feeding her 7-week-old daughter.
“OK, I’m going to say it for us all. Breastfeeding is hard. It’s really, really hard,” she writes. “Sometimes I can’t even explain what makes it so difficult. The uncertainty, second guessing, responsibility, commitment, discomfort…just to name a few.”
“We trusted our bodies to grow our babies for 9 months and now we have to trust our body to supply the nourishment for our babes growth & development. Talk about pressure,” Leah writes.
“Breastfeeding is full of unanswered questions. You truly don’t know what’s going on down there. Too much? Too little? Too intense? Not enough hindmilk? Not enough time? Plugged duct? Mastitis? As if it wasn’t hard enough.”
It was through her doubt that Leah discovered many of her close friends had similar experiences or felt the same way.
“I had seen so many pictures on social media of mothers blissfully breastfeeding their babies that I didn’t realize it’s not always like that,” she told the Huffington Post. “It seemed so easy and natural for them, but even things that are easy and natural can be a learning experience for many people.”
“But, even with all of that. We all so desperately want to survive and push through. We so badly want to have our baby thrive. We want that relationship. We want the experience. In the end, fed is best. That’s what matters,” she writes.
Laura rounds off the post by saying, “So mama, you’re hearing it from me, you’re not going crazy, it is hard, but you’re doing good. Keep going!! There’s a rumor going around that it gets easier…”
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