Women are made to believe that breastfeeding comes naturally and is the easiest thing in the world to do. While we all wish that were true, the reality is very different. Breastfeeding is so unique for every mother and her baby that making blanket statements just adds to a woman’s anxiety to be able to do it ‘right’.
Model Tess Holliday recently shared a photo (which was originally posted by her proud husband Nick) showing her newborn son Bowie breastfeeding for the first time while she was lying down. Tess rightly felt very proud of this achievement and chose to share it with her followers on Instagram.
Her two week old baby boy is seen feeding from his mum wearing nothing but a teeny nappy.
The most beautiful part of this post is that it was Tess’ husband Nick who originally shared the image on his Instagram with the following caption:
A lot of people seemed to get upset that @tessholliday posted a photo hashtagged “#normalizebreastfeeding” which didn’t actually feature the act of breastfeeding,’ he wrote.
‘So here you go. She actually looks really sexy here – but it isn’t always like that.
‘Sometimes it’s stressful and messy and nothing goes how you want it to. But sometimes it’s bliss.’
Nick went on to say that women should not let anyone make them feel bad about breastfeeding.
‘And for the women out there who can’t breastfeed, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about that either,’ he continued.
Tess’s followers love her honesty and have praised her for the raw photo. Some of the supportive comments included:
‘So cute! It’s truly a wonderful moment between mama and child.’
‘Congrats! @tessholliday .. Breast feeding can be so overwhelming … Especially when it takes them a while to latch on right.’
‘Glad you kept at it. That moment when they and you finally do it right… Is everything.’