Breastfeeding is not easy for all moms. Period. Even though society tries to encourage mothers to breastfeed their children, we have to be honest that it can be a difficult and even painful journey for some.
This mama is getting real in a moving Instagram post and reminds us to be careful of the words we use when talking to mothers. Because while some things in motherhood may be easy for one mom, it’s not always true for the next.
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“Once in a while I get triggered by things people say, and that gets me thinking about how important it is to be mindful of our words.
Today I was triggered by something online that was supposed to be positive, but my inner “past self” felt an immense amount of negative emotion after reading it.
She was talking about breastfeeding.
“It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it.”
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Is it good? Or are you just on the other end of those times when it just wasn’t worth it?
‘Cause when my nipples were bleeding and I was googling “can they fall from breastfeeding”, it certainly didn’t seem worth it to me.
When the baby was screaming and pooping blood because he was allergic to everything I ate, it really wasn’t worth it to me.
When my baby was starving because I couldn’t give him enough food, I didn’t think it was worth it.
When I had clogged ducts and mastitis and was in so much pain I couldn’t sleep, it certainly wasn’t worth it to me.
All the times I felt ashamed, anxious and helpless trying to feed my child in public, it wasn’t always worth it.
These are moments I remember. And those are the reasons why I will never try to push past someone’s struggles with the idea that it might get better or that it might one day be worth it.
Because at the moment, it really doesn’t feel like it.
It’s easy to take how far I’ve come for granted, but I refuse to forget where I came from.”
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