Tori Rees says she’s lucky to have amazing breastmilk supply, but urges mums not to judge their bodies if they are struggling to breastfeed.
- Jimmy Rees and wife Tori welcomed twins Mack and Vinny back in February
- Jimmy and Tori are also parents to three-year-old Lenny
- Jimmy has been a hugely popular competitor on Dancing With The Stars
- Jimmy Giggle’s baby hospitalised due to serious injury during routine procedure
What does parenting success look like?
Just a couple of weeks after Tori and Jimmy Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle) had a terrible shock when one of their twins was injured during a tongue-tie procedure, this brilliant mum is counting her lucky stars and sharing an important message about breastfeeding “success”.
Tiny Mack is now on the mend, and Tori’s reflecting on her parenting journey thus far. She posted a photo of her amazing breastmilk output, noting that she was “lucky” to have a bountiful supply and explaining that she had so much milk when she had Lenny that she was able to donate some to another family. She’s hoping to do the same again, but wanted to make a point about the very diverse experiences women encounter with breastfeeding.
“I have so many gorgeous mumma friends who haven’t been able to breastfeed and have made themselves physically and mentally sick over it,” Tori wrote. “They have had such anger towards their body for not allowing them to do what we are told to be so ‘natural.’”
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Throw back to Special Care. It’s been a whole 2 weeks since we came home from the hospital with our twin boys. Every second I spend with Vinny and Mack reminds me of how blessed we are to have 3 healthy, beautiful boys. Over the past two weeks the challenges of newborn life have definitely been there. Along with Lenny learning the changes our family have needed to make to welcome the boys into our tribe of 5! And then there is Jimmy dancing on @dancingon10 that brings another exciting and fun adventure … however with everything going on, there is no doubt in my mind that my family are right where they are meant to be and building our stepping stones for our family of 5. #mumofboys #twins #family @jimmyrees_ @thingsfortwins
Thank your body and celebrate yourself
But this mum-of-three points out that by the time women get to the breastfeeding part of parenting, their bodies have already performed an amazing, life-creating feat.
“Your incredible body made this tiny human you now call your child- every last inch of them and that is the thing to seriously celebrate and be proud of!!”
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BREASTFEEDING When I found out I was pregnant with twins, amongst a lot of my logistical “how the hell does this even work” questions, one of the thoughts that I kept having was ‘am I going to able to breastfeed my twins like I did Lenny?’ I am super proud to say that at 11 weeks my bubs have been exclusively breastfeed and I have even been able to pump a huge amount to have a stash going, as you can see. Is everyone as fortunate as me on this journey? Absolutely not. When I was breastfeeding Lenny I was also lucky enough to have a lot of expressed milk which I was able to donate to a beautiful family in need. This act is something that has strongly stuck with me and I would love to be able to do this again for families in need. For those who know how, please contact me. As mums, there are so many external and internal pressures that we put on ourselves that make us question if we are doing the right things for our kids. It happens to me on a day to day basis- feeding, sleeping, behavior management, education, technology use and everything in between. We shouldn’t put so much on ourselves! There are no perfect people nor is there a perfect Mum. However, one thing I do know is that each of us are 100% the perfect Mum for our own child. Although personally this hasn’t been my struggle, I have so many gorgeous Mumma friends who haven’t been able to breastfeed and have made themselves physically and mentally sick over it. They have had such anger towards their body for not allowing them to do what we are told to be so ‘natural.’ But what a silly mentality- your incredible body made this tiny human you now call your child- every last inch of them and that is the thing to seriously celebrate and be proud of!! I guess the meaning of my post is to celebrate the women’s body in whichever way possible, because as Mums we all have so much to celebrate and be proud of! #fedisbest #twinmum #breastfeedinggoals #mumsunite #wemadeyou #mumtribe #takesavillage
“There are so many external and internal pressures that we put on ourselves that make us question if we are doing the right things for our kids,” Tori wrote.
“It happens to me on a day to day basis- feeding, sleeping, behavior management, education, technology use and everything in between. We shouldn’t put so much on ourselves! There are no perfect people nor is there a perfect Mum … One thing I do know is that each of us are 100% the perfect Mum for our own child.”
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