'I Needed A Break': Hilary Duff Got Real About The Struggles Of Breastfeeding
Hilary Duff has opened up about her decision to stop nursing and pumping milk for her six-month-old daughter, Banks.
The 'Younger' actress shared a lengthy Instagram post about providing breast milk for her baby and the toll it's taken on her as a working mother -- and the accompanying guilt she felt for deciding to stop pumping after six months.
"Pumping at work sucks," Duff wrote, adding that there's not much downtime while she's shooting and that it often means she's "pumping in a hair and makeup trailer while four hands work to get me ready for the next scene with lots of other people around".
Duff has been praised by her followers for her very honest and open description of having her "damn nipples tugged at by an aggressive machine", finding "someplace to sterilize bottles and keep your milk cold" and the struggles of a decreased milk supply and loss of "contact and connection" with her baby.
Duff added that despite her "complaining" she had enjoyed almost every moment of the journey and felt lucky to be feeding her daughter.
Felt so lucky to be so close to her and give her that start. I know many women are not able to and for that I am sympathetic and very grateful that I could. For six wonderful months.
She said that when she knew she needed to take a break from breastfeeding, she was "sad and frustrated and feeling like a failure all of the time".
"When really I’m a bad ass rock star. Moms get high on feeling like superwoman... because we are! Doing too much, because we can!"
Duff gave a shoutout to all the mothers in her life -- and anyone reading the post who might be going through the same experience as her.
Celebs including Colleen Ballinger, Georgia May Jagger and Vanessa Lachey praised Hilary in the comments for sharing her story so openly.
"THIS THIS THIS! 🙌🏻 this is so important for moms to hear! thank you!!!" wrote Ballinger.
See her full post below:
Main Photo: Instagram/@hilaryduff.