Mum’s emotional post on breastfeeding struggle: “It’s really, really hard”

leah from the Nashville bump breastfeeding her child

Mums across the globe are tearily nodding in agreement at a Nashville mum’s post on the difficulties of breastfeeding, perhaps recognising their own struggles in her words.

“Breastfeeding is hard”

Mum of one, Leah (of The Nashville Bump) went out on a vulnerable limb, posting on Instagram about the anxiety and discomfort that sometimes surrounds breastfeeding.

Leah’s a new mum to baby Penelope and her honest post seems to sum up how many women feel when they’re learning to feed their babies.

“OK, I’m going to say it for us all. Breastfeeding is hard. It’s really, really hard. 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.”

 

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Ok, I'm going to say it for us all. Breastfeeding is hard. It's really, really hard. 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😳 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? WTF!!! As if it wasn't hard enough😓And of course the biggest way to know if you're doing well is if the baby is gaining weight…great, let me just whip out my handy dandy baby scale😑..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. But all I know right now is that breastfeeding is hard. I am doing my very best but always have a question in the back of my mind. Always second guessing myself. Always wondering if I'm doing OKAY. I'm determined to tough it out. I want to do this. Mamas really do need all the support they can get. 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😌 • • • #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #postpartum #breastfeeding #ebf #fedisbest #baby #newborn #mom #mama #momlife #fitpregnancy #pregnant #pregnancy #babygirl #letthembelittle #laleche #momstrong #fitmom #mommy #daughter #ig_baby #ig_motherhood #newmom #healthypregnancy #strongmom

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Unanswered questions

Leah expressed worries that many mums are perhaps concerned about voicing, for fear of judgement, noting that there are a tonne of hard-to-pin-down elements when it comes to feeding babies.

“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? WTF!!! As if it wasn’t hard enough. And of course the biggest way to know if you’re doing well is if the baby is gaining weight…great, let me just whip out my handy dandy baby scale.”

“Fed is best”

Leah knows that in the end, mums just want the very best for their babies and hopes that women will rethink what this means for their family.

“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’s rallying the troops for extra kindness, compassion and support for women who are breastfeeding their bubs – and a bit more recognition of the difficult job it can be.

“Mamas really do need all the support they can get. 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.”

Thanks for sharing, Leah. We know lots of mums will be relieved to hear that the struggle is indeed real, and that they’re not the only ones finding breastfeeding a challenge, at times.

 

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Wow. I don't know what to say. You all are SO WONDERFUL!! I read every single comment that came my way yesterday (and today) and want to respond to them all, but decided to do one big THANK YOU post. Thank you so much for the support, love, and encouragement!! I can't thank y'all enough for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It makes me feel normal!!!🙌🏼 I got some of the same questions so I am just going to answer them on this post…🔹I have a slight oversupply that I've been working with🔹she does utilize the shield🔹she doesn't have lip or tongue tie🔹she has a tight jaw which makes it difficult for a good latch, but currently working on it🔹she does have fine diapers and weight gain, though her dirty diapers are always my obsession and concern🔹I do have a nursing pillow, I just didn't use it then!🔹We are in week 6, but my hesitation started during week 4 when she had tummy trouble🔹 I am working with a LC🔹I do plan to push through and not give up!!!! I'm doing this! My first goal is 6 months if my body allows for it.🔹🔶🔹All of your comments really proved to me how badass all moms are. You all are AMAZING. All of you. The ones up at midnight pumping, nursing for many months, supplementing, weening..Every single one of you. I can't express how thankful I am for everyone's thoughts and love yesterday. I encourage everyone to reach out when feeling scared, frustrated, or have a lack of confidence because most likely someone is feeling the same way. Motherhood is hard, but it takes a village! Even an Instagram village 😉 Someone said in the comments yesterday, "it takes more than a boob to feed a baby" ..How true!!!! Love to all😘 Now let's all go feed our babes👶🏻❤️

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