Television personality Chrissy Teigen has experienced her fair share of mom guilt through her course of motherhood. The 35-year-old opened up about her struggles with guilt and shame as a breastfeeding mother.
As a mother of two, John Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, knew exactly what it entailed to battle the guilt resulting from adopting other alternatives to the society-imposed norm.
In a series of tweets posted by the author on Sunday, she dissected the ins and out of mom guilt, reflecting particularly on the struggles of breastfeeding moms.
DEALING WITH SHAME AND GUILT
The 35-year-old recounted her personal struggles while breast-feeding her children, Luna Simone, 4, and Miles Theodore, 2. Experiencing difficulties producing breast milk to satisfy her kids’ nutritional needs pushed the star to the brink. She recounted:
“It drove me mad to the point I could only get an ounce. An ounce! The stress of it, combined with the guilt that you cannot do nature’s most natural thing for your own baby, is too much.”
Going further, the mother of two reflected on the sadness she felt during those depressing times. She also encouraged other women facing the same plight to go easy on themselves as any means employed to feed the baby successfully was good enough.
MOMS AGREE WITH TEIGEN
Following her revealing tweets, fans showed their support for the television personality’s crusade. TV host Jenna Dewan voiced her agreement, taking to the platform to recount her own breastfeeding struggles.
Dewan explained the difficulties she experienced while nursing her second child, Callum. She recalled being unable to produce sufficient milk to fend for her son’s needs and how the harsh reality plunged her into unnecessary anxiety and guilt. The 39-year-old then gave Teigen the thumbs up for putting up the “great thread for mothers.”
A CALL TO NORMALIZE FORMULA
Chrissy Teigen used the medium to advocate for struggling nursing mothers to embrace formulas as an alternative to breast-feeding. She stressed the importance of doing so without having to feel guilty or ashamed about it. She noted:
“’Normalize breastfeeding’ is great. ‘Normalize formula’ is great too! So yeah. That’s all! Normalize formula! Your baby is gonna be BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT, AND OKAY.”
Several moms joined the crusade, sharing their difficult experiences breastfeeding and how formulas came to the rescue. Most backed their testimonies with pictures of their formula-fed kids looking as healthy as ever.
THE AFTERMATH OF LOSING A CHILD
Teigen’s revelation of her breast-feeding struggles comes days after the model opened up about the reasons behind her absence from social media.
Taking to Twitter, she explained how losing her unborn child at 20 weeks plunged her into a terrible state. She admitted she was in “a bit of a grief depression hole” due to the recent happenings. The icon, however, assured fans of her quick recovery since she had so much help around her.
So far, she has tried to extend the help to other women facing the same plight, even if it meant clapping back at internet trolls on their behalf. Days ago, she stood up for Meghan Markle after someone trolled the Duchess for sharing her devastating account of losing a child earlier this year.
Identifying with struggling moms has become Teigen’s new norm, and hopefully, would help her overcome these trying times..