Singer Alanis Morissette and her hubby Mario ‘Souleye’ Treadway welcomed their third child a fortnight ago.
Baby Winter Mercy Morissette Treadway arrived on August 8, joining siblings three-year-old Onyx and eight-year-old Ever.
After initially sharing a photo of baby Winter in a gorgeous Instagram birth announcement, the family went a little quiet as they enjoyed that newborn bubble.
But now – to mark World Breastfeeding Month – Alanis has popped back up with a beautiful shot of Winter on the boob and a hashtag that captures many women’s experience of breastfeeding.
“Snug as a bug in a milky rug,” Alanis wrote adding “#worldbreastfeedingmonth #notalwayseasypeasy” to her caption.
It’s not clear what hurdles she’s faced, if any, but this admission that what’s natural is not always easy proved bolstering for some commenters.
Alanis also tagged a bunch of breastfeeding positive accounts in this update too making it very clear that she had no time for any anti-breastfeeding nonsense.
Here come the wowsers
Of course, that didn’t stop the wowsers popping up in her comments section with their own snarky opinions on her update.
“Just because its natural doesn’t mean we need a close up shot of it. I mean, pooping is natural too,” one person posted.
“It’s an intimate time between mom and child not mom child and the world,” another decided.
But thankfully those silly comments were made to look even sillier by followers who had much more normal attitudes to the normal practice of feeding babies via the boob.
In fact many shared their own experiences and challenges in a show of solidarity for Alanis and other breastfeeding mums.
“Beautiful,” one posted. “I’m right now breastfeeding my 3 weeks old baby and struggling with mastitis. But my baby is happy.”
“This brings me back to my nursing days,” someone else reminisced. “Feels like way too long ago now (has only been 5 years since my last weaned) but I was fortunate to have a body and babies that made it all happen very easily. Cherish the moments!!”
“The best piece of advice I got when I struggled to breastfeed initially was ‘it’s the most natural thing in the world but it doesn’t always come naturally to everyone’!” another follower wrote. “I stopped beating myself up, relaxed and it got easier but it’s still the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I fed my first daughter for 2 and a half years and my second daughter is still going strong at 16 months.”
Aw. We love seeing more of Alanis’ life with her kids and love it that she’s sharing her new mum journey – non easy-peasy bits and all.