Someone FINALLY Decided to Discuss This 'Unspoken Reality' of Early Breastfeeding

Few people ever discuss how truly tough breastfeeding can be—but one mom finally went there, and we can't help but applaud her for sharing her brave post. 

If you're a breastfeeding mom, chances are you were thrown for a loop a bit in those early nursing days. You probably heard a lot about what it's like to breastfeed—other moms likely told you it was an incredible bonding experience, and that breastfeeding is such a great way to save money. And while all this is definitely true (there's nothing like knowing you've provided all the nutrition your little one needs, after all), the sad reality is that few moms ever discuss the hardships associated with breastfeeding. As a result of that, so many moms feel like they're failing when they encounter struggles of their own.

That's why we find Heyona Cho's recent post about the realities of breastfeeding so, so refreshing. The mother shared a sweet shot of herself breastfeeding her child—but as beautiful as the photo is, it's the caption that gets us. Cho delves into the hardest parts of breastfeeding, and her candor isn't just rare, it's also important. We're willing to bet at least one fellow nursing mama finds the post relatable and inspirational—and sometimes, that feeling of community can really help mothers push forward. 

The feeling you get when your newborn cries for milk is hard to describe. The heartbreak you feel when your newborn cries and you don't have milk is even harder to describe. Nevermind that the nipples are cracked and sore, baby's cries sound like ringing alarms INside the brain and I'm desperate to do anything to alleviate his discomforts and meet his needs. When the night hits, I have to make a choice to supplement with formula or let him sleep hungry. Or more like wake up every hour, stress and fuss to calm his hungry cries, fight with my loving partner, and feel like a failure--shame. And still, which ever choice we make, nobody wins--shame. What the hell is in formula? Why does this stuff smell like rubber? Will my milk ever come in? Am I doing something wrong? Nobody ever told me. Nobody ever told me about the challenges of breastfeeding. This must be an unspoken reality for SO many new moms. I speak to myself and whoever may be struggling to feed their newborn. Feel no guilt or shame as you continue into your journey of motherhood. Some things we just cannot control, and so, we will make the best choices that we know how and we will have done it all with love in our hearts SO full that it cries out from our eyes. I love you. Bo. Ps. God is good and community is even better. Because milkmaids are a thing and I have sisters. Sisters with babies who love me and love my baby!! Community community community community. Sisterhood sisterhood sisterhood sisterhood. Mothers before me before her before her before her. Pps. Milk increases everyday and we have to supplement less and less each night 👶🏻🍼 #AheadOfTheCurve #feedingwithlove

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"The feeling you get when your newborn cries for milk is hard to describe. The heartbreak you feel when your newborn cries and you don't have milk is even harder to describe," Cho writes. "Nevermind that the nipples are cracked and sore, baby's cries sound like ringing alarms inside the brain and I'm desperate to do anything to alleviate his discomforts and meet his needs. When the night hits, I have to make a choice to supplement with formula or let him sleep hungry. Or more like wake up every hour, stress and fuss to calm his hungry cries, fight with my loving partner, and feel like a failure--shame." Can you relate? The intense fatigue, the feeling of defeat when your milk supply isn't quite enough, the achy nipples...it's all incredibly tough to deal with, and moms shouldn't have to feel like they're facing it all alone.

Does Cho's post resonate with you? Do you wish more moms were open about their struggles?

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