Whitney Port Shares Some Really Relatable Thoughts On Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding isn't easy for everyone, but no one is talking about it.
One thing that sometimes gets glossed over in the excitement of getting pregnant and having a baby? The fact that it isn't all sunshine and rainbows. But Whitney Port is taking a totally different-and very real-approach to new motherhood.
Throughout Port's pregnancy and after her baby's birth, she's been doing a video series called "I Love My Baby, But..." which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like-a series dedicated to being honest about her experience with pregnancy and birth. (FYI, here is your brain on pregnancy, week by week.)
Overall, the series doesn't gloss over the difficulties of pregnancy and motherhood. Right before she gave birth, she talked about the struggles of her third trimester and described the symptoms she was dealing with, like tons of bloating and very tender hands and feet.
Now, Port is taking on breastfeeding. In an Instagram caption promoting her most recent video, she gets pretty frank: "I'm not obsessed with breastfeeding. There. I said it. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the fact that my baby is getting all the amazing nutrients from my milk and that I am literally giving him life, but it has been quite the challenge. A challenge I didn't feel prepared for at all."
She goes on to say that women are often told that breastfeeding the best route for both mom and baby, helping to ward off disease, promote optimal health, and even burn off calories that can help shed weight gained during pregnancy. It's true that breastfeeding offers a ton of health benefits, but it's not so easy for everyone. In fact, in the video, she shares that she went into it thinking she would breastfeed, but after a couple of days of doing it, it felt like someone was slicing her nipples with glass. Ouch. (Related: Has a Breastfeeding Benefit Been Overhyped?)
Considering that the main things we hear about breastfeeding these days are how great it is and that it needs to be normalized ASAP (both of which are true!), it's easy to see why Port felt so much pressure to make breastfeeding work for her. But the truth is, just like anything else health-related, different things work for different people. Not everyone will have a great experience breastfeeding, and Port's honest videos are a great reminder that that's 100 percent okay.
To see more of what she has to say on the topic, check out the full video below.