If you follow Hilary Duff on social media, you know the actress isn't afraid to get real, and her latest message is as relatable as it is inspiring.
Duff and boyfriend Matthew Koma welcomed their daughter, Banks, six months ago. And now Duff is opening up about her decision to stop breastfeeding.
Alongside a photo of herself nursing Banks, she began, "THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES. Just a few thoughts that I wanted to share on Breast-feeding."
Noting that her goal was to breastfeed Banks for six months and then decide if she wanted to continue, she got real about the pains of nursing while working. "Let me tell you. Pumping at work sucks. I had zero down time and am usually pumping in a hair and make up trailer while four hands work to get me ready for the next scene with lots of other people around."
She added that she's grateful to have been able to nurse for as long as she did, recognizing that, "Many women are not able to and for that I am sympathetic and very grateful that I could. For six wonderful months. But I needed a break. I was going to break. With the stress of a dropping milk supply and a baby that was getting bored or not caring about nursing when I was available to. I 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 continued to open up about the familiar feeling among women that we can always take on more. "I wanted to share this because deciding to stop breastfeeding was so emotional and hard. I thought about it ALL day everyday. It was a constant loop in my head. Weighing the pros and cons." Eventually, though, she realized that stopping was the right decision for mom and daughter.
Wrapping up her message, she wrote, "Love you all and hope this helps anyone struggling! See you nursing bras, until next time!"
Yes to all of this.