"Ok, I'm going to say it for us all," she wrote in the caption of a photo of herself and her baby. "Breastfeeding is hard. It's really, really hard. Sometimes I can't even explain what makes it so difficult."
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
"We all so desperately want to survive and push through," she wrote. "We so badly want to have our baby thrive. We want that relationship. We want the experience... But all I know right now is that breastfeeding is hard."
Since Leah posted her photo last Tuesday, it's gone viral, with other Instagram users chiming in to share their stories.
"I struggled at the beginning my son wouldn't latch properly," one user commented. "I was in so much pain and felt so defeated."
"Breast-feeding is a skill that needs to be learned," another wrote. "Some people learn it easier than others."
Leah certainly isn't alone in her struggle.
"The most important thing for moms to know is that breast-feeding is difficult, and it is a learning process,” Fahimeh Sasan, DO and assistant professor of Obstetrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, told us last year. “For first-time moms, it can take several weeks to master the process.”
While we all want what's best for our children, it isn't always easy to make those things happen. That being said, if you're looking for ways to aid the breast-feeding process, take a look at our expert-backed tips.