Whitney Port Shares How Painful Breastfeeding has Been for her in an Emotional Video
No matter how open minded we are when it comes to breastfeeding, it can be emotionally and physically draining when a mother finds it difficult to breastfeed.
But Whitney Port has recently opened up about her breastfeeding struggles in an emotional YouTube video called, “I Love My Baby, But… I Haven’t Loved Breastfeeding That Much.”
The reality star and her husband, Tim Rosenman, gave birth to their first child, a son named Sonny, late last month.
As any new mum, she has experienced the highs and lows of no sleep and breastfeeding.
She admits she’s not a fan of breastfeeding, even though she knows it’s good for her child.
In the YouTube description for her video she explains, “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.”
The mum has been disheartened by how painful her breastfeeding experience has been, describing it as feeling like someone is ‘slicing my nipples with glass’.
Whitney’s breaking point prompted her to feed Sonny with pumped breastmilk and formula. She made an appointment with a lactation consultant who suggested Sonny had a tongue-tie and that may have been the cause of the breastfeeding discomfort. Despite the tongue-tie being seen to, the pain persisted.
Whitney got emotional through her video as she described her breastfeeding challenges.
“I think I’m just tired and I obviously want to breastfeed,” she said. “I guess because that’s what people say is the best bonding experience.
The new mum admitted she felt anxious and the pressure from other people to persevere with the breastfeeding has added to her feeling deflated and tense.
“Like, how much longer do I continue to try it before I just give up and pump and give him the bottles and be OK with it?”
“A lot of the new mums and my friends have said not to put so much pressure on myself and that they pumped or switched off and that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.”
“I think some of the things I’m feeling, I’m right for feeling ― I think that they’re real issues.”
And some things are probably being magnified by my hormones and these post-baby blues that people talk about… But I think it’s all normal.”
Port then encourages other women in her position to stop worrying what other people think and do what is right for them and their baby.
So far the video has been viewed more than 200,000 times with one doula offering this advice to Port and any other women who are experiencing similar feelings of pain and inadequacy while breastfeeding,
“Girl – I’m a doula. You’re doing everything right. The biggest peace of advice I have for you is to not stress over it. Stress will only worsen the situation. Do what you can and if what you can do is formula – that’s totally OK. Each baby is different, each mama is different. Try your best, be kind to yourself, and follow your instincts.”