It’s always great to celebrities being honest about the joys and struggles of breastfeeding their children. Naya Rivera, seen above sporting a beautiful bump at her baby shower, and her husband Ryan Dorsey welcomed their first child, Josey Hollis, into the world in September, Naya opened up to People about how breastfeeding is going.
Right off the top she talks about the lack of information new mothers receive in regards to breastfeeding.
Throughout my pregnancy, I got a lot of advice on everything from birthing to newborn care to nutrition, but no one ever really broke it down to me when it came to breastfeeding. Bottom line, it’s hard! Breastfeeding is like finding out that all of a sudden you can get bacon from your elbow.
We’ve all been there, too. Either we were the new mom who realized we have to feed this new life and no one has told us how; or we’re the experienced mom who wants to pass down our knowledge to our friends but get discouraged. Baby feeding comes up in discussion (whether breast or bottle), everyone is giving their stories, you start to insert some advice and suddenly feel icy glares penetrating your very soul so you find a quick out and never get around to that information. Every other topic is fair game, it seems. But nursing tends to be taboo still.
At times I started to feel like I was only a tit to Josey and there was many a time I would walk in the door to a crying baby and immediately have to strip and feed.
All humour aside, Naya can’t help but gush about breastfeeding.
It wasn’t all bad though, the bond between a mother and baby when you’re breastfeeding is incredible and something no one else shares with your baby. There’s also something amazing about the fact that you are sustaining a human life solely with your body. The benefits of breast milk for babies far outweigh the negative side effects for Mom.
It’s great to see honesty surrounding breastfeeding being spoken from someone with such a platform. Naya picked the perfect message to send: Expect that it will be tough but you’ll get through those early days and it will be worth it.