While breastfeeding, a thing of pride to most mothers might come real easy for some, fact is others struggle.
Touching on the sensitive topic, breastfeeding versus formula on Sunday, model and author Chrissy Teigen didn’t hold back on sharing her very relatable nursing challenges.
“Ok I’m gonna say something and you are all definitely gonna make it a thing but here goes: normalize formula.” She tweeted.
Expectedly it ruffled a few feathers but Teigen didn’t back down, standing firm in her belief that moms should not have to feel anxiety or guilt about how they choose to feed their babies, in a string of tweets, she confessed to feeling “shame” because she had to use formula.
“Normalize breastfeeding is such a huge, wonderful thing. But I absolutely felt way more shame having to use formula because of lack of milk from depression and what not,” she wrote before touching on a few of the many reasons why some women opt to feed their babies formula.
“People have surrogates, people have trouble breastfeeding, and all you hear as a new, anxious mom is how breast is best. ‘Normalize breastfeeding’ is great. ‘Normalize formula’ is great, too!”
Chrissy opened up on breastfeeding not working out for both her kids despite her best efforts.
She urged moms to remember that their babies will be “beautiful, perfect and okay” no matter how they’re fed, Chrissy admitted feeling tremendous “sadness” over her own struggles to nurse her daughter Luna, now 4, and son Miles, now 2.
“I remember pumping my a– off, (on the) highest mode, so often because I didn’t trust milk was going into their mouths if I breastfed,” she wrote on Twitter. “It drove me mad to the point I could only get an ounce. An ounce!
“The stress of it, combined with the guilt that you cannot do nature’s most natural thing for you own baby is too much. I dunno why this is my crusade now. I just remember the sadness I felt and want you to know you are doing it right if your baby is fed mama.”