Chrissy Teigen Admits She Felt 'Guilty' For Using Formula Milk Instead Of Breastfeeding
"Ok I'm gonna say something and you all are definitely gonna make it a thing but here goes: normalise formula," Chrissy - who attempted to breastfed her son Myles, two, and daughter Luna, four - wrote.
"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 whatnot."
ok I'm gonna say something and you all are definitely gonna make it a thing but here goes: normalize formula.
- chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 29, 2020
She went on: "People have surrogates, people have trouble breastfeeding and all you hear as a new, anxious mom is how breast is best.
"'Normalise breastfeeding' is great. 'Normalise formula' is great, too! So yeah. That's all! Normalise formula! Your baby is gonna be BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT, AND OKAY.
"I remember pumping my ASS OFF, highest mode, so often, because I didn't trust milk was going into their mouths if I breastfed. 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 your 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."
Replying to Chrissy's post in their droves, tonnes of fans thanked her for raising awareness and smashing the shame surrounding those who don't breastfeed.
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"Thank you for this," wrote one mum. "My husband came home one day to find me face down on the floor, weeping [because] a 'lactation consultant' told me that my baby would be sick if I stopped breast feeding. After 3 bouts of mastitis in 2 weeks. Formula is fine. My kid is fine."
Another penned: "This is so important to broadcast. With my first I struggled so much and I remember sobbing because I thought I had failed her. We eventually found our rhythm with breastfeeding but we had to supplement in the beginning and I wish I hadn't felt so heartbreakingly guilty about it."
While a third agreed: "I feel the same way! I had to supplement with my daughter because I wasn't getting her enough from breastfeeding alone. I tried for 6 months pumping all the time when I wasn't with her, I only got an ounce or two, it was a nightmare. But fed is fed Mama!"
A fourth chipped in: "There's a huge need for this! I appreciate your thoughts. I was one of those mamas that felt terrible for not being able to do what my body was made to do. Those are feelings you don't forget either long after."
Amen to that!
This isn't the first time Chrissy has been praised recently for using her platform to discuss pertinent and often taboo issues.
After tragically going through pregnancy loss in October, Chrissy - who is married to singer John Legend - shared a series of deeply personal pictures of her grief.
And while she was shockingly met with a lot of hate for the snaps, this was drowned out by all the mums who had been through something similar, thanking her for speaking out about the loss of her son, Jack.
"How little I care that it's something you wouldn't have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren't for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like.
"These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me."
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