Mum’s twin breastfeeding picture is leaving people “speechless”

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Prenatal yoga guru and mother of twins Amy Griffith, from Exercising Balance, posted a revealing shot of herself recently on Instagram. 

Recovering from a hectic birth, the picture shows Amy attempting to feed her babies simultaneously – and the look of exhaustion on her face says it all.

Sleeping on the job

Amy’s husband caught a beautifully honest moment of Amy feeding her twins, and the yoga instructor wanted to share it with her followers.

“My hubby snapped this pic as I fell asleep sitting up, breastfeeding our 2 week old twins,” she wrote in the caption. “Exhausted doesn’t fully describe this experience as I was healing from 2 types of births (Baby A vaginal, Baby B cesarean) and my body is working non-freaking-stop to make all the milk for these boys.”

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Sharing this unfiltered image of me ✨giving my all✨ for #worldbreastfeedingweek My hubby snapped this pic as I fell asleep sitting up, breastfeeding our 2 week old twins. Exhausted doesn’t fully describe this experience as I was healing from 2 types of births (Baby A vaginal, Baby B cesarean) and my body is working non-freaking-stop to make all the milk for these boys. . This is the least flattering/aesthetically pleasing image I could share of me bfing my twins but, man, it makes me proud as I look back at how hard my body was working. Sneaking in a nap while the boys ate because, holy crap, I could have fallen asleep anywhere during that first year of their lives. . Our bfing journey lasted 28 months. I amazed myself. Each day/week/month/year that ticked away was mind boggling to me. We were figuring this thing out. Together. It was not easy and required so much sacrifice, but I was 1,000% committed to this part of my journey and thankfully we made progress together. . I enjoyed so many beautiful moments with my boys nursing side-by-side. The first time twins hold hands while bfing is heart-bursting 💗 Those moments of connection, warm snuggles, love given and received got me through. . Any twin mamas out there bfing? Give me a 💛💛 If you need a little encouragement, share a message below. I love cheering others on along this journey and remind you of just how amazing you are!

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Proud of my body

Exhausted from her ordeal, Amy was grabbing a few moments of rest. And while she may not feel like she looked her best, what she’s achieving is nothing short of spectacular.

“This is the least flattering/aesthetically pleasing image I could share of me bfing my twins but, man, it makes me proud as I look back at how hard my body was working,” she wrote.

“Sneaking in a nap while the boys ate because, holy crap, I could have fallen asleep anywhere during that first year of their lives.”

Amy amazed herself by breastfeeding for 28 months and considering her rocky start, the post helps to acknowledge the difficulties some women face. “Each day/week/month/year that ticked away was mind boggling to me,” she wrote.

“We were figuring this thing out. Together. It was not easy and required so much sacrifice, but I was 1,000% committed to this part of my journey and thankfully, we made progress together.”

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The question I asked myself all the time with newborns, “How am I going to do this?”. . I really had no clue. (I still don’t 😅) . What I did know was that I couldn’t do this alone. I was 100% confident about that. . Asking for and receiving help is a sign of strength – I wish we could start recognizing this more. 🙋🏼‍♀️ . Preparing for postpartum is important. It’s necessary for your physical, emotional and mental health. Even with the best laid plans, research and preparation, unexpected challenges will pop up to help you grow. They’re not pleasant, but they’re a part of this beautifully messy, human experience. It’s ok to ask for help. . If you’re ever in a place of “How am I going to do this?” begin by reaching out for help. A text to a friend/family member or a call to professionals can get you started. . I’m honored to team up with @nwpadoulas and Miranda Melquist, LCSW to fundraise for Postpartum Support International @postpartumhelp ‘s Climb Out Of The Darkness event. We’re planning a [free!] 5k/stroll on June 22, but more importantly, we’re raising funds that will be able to help local families during this life changing transition of postpartum. . More Erie families will be able to receive postpartum doula services including childcare, meal services, and mental health support with the funds raised. We’ve got a BIG goal and we’re just over halfway there. [link in bio to donate! 💗] . I hired the @nwpadoulas for postpartum support as we doubled our kid-load and welcomed the twins. One of the best plans I had in place was knowing that I had help lined up. We still struggled, doubted ourselves and felt overwhelmed, as most new parents do, but slowly, we figured things out, together. Another favorite resource is @earthmamaorganics free Lying-In Plan on EarthMamaOrganics [dot] com to help you get started. . Did you prepare for postpartum? Who or what helped you navigate this new territory? Need a little encouragement? Post below or DM me and I’ll offer what I can 💗 . https://postpartum.z2systems.com/teamErie

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An inspirational message

Looking back at that time, Amy says there were “so many beautiful moments.”

“The first time twins hold hands while bfing is heart-bursting. Those moments of connection, warm snuggles, love given and received got me through.”

With nearly 3,500 likes, Amy’s post certainly struck a chord with her many followers. We often see such shiny pics on Instagram, so it’s refreshing to see a shot that clearly shows the fatigue and hard work behind the demanding job of breastfeeding. 

“This post Just left me speechless”

A host of comments offered words of appreciation and support for Amy.

“This post Just left me speechless. YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. !!!” said one follower.

“Aren’t our bodies incredible!? It’s not always sexy, but man is it amazing… your twins are very lucky to have you girl!” gushed another.

Others said they couldn’t imagine having two babies to feed.

“I am breastfeeding one and I am so hungry and tired all the time, can only imagine how life with twins are!”

As for Amy, she happily offers support to other mums out there, now going through it all, especially those with twins.

“Any twin mamas out there bfing?” she asks. “I love cheering others on along this journey and remind you of just how amazing you are!”

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