TLC star, Tori Roloff might have given birth to her first child this past spring, but as her son, Jackson Kyle turns 3 months old this August, the new mom is getting candid about motherhood.
In a post shared to her Instagram on Saturday of herself breastfeeding Jackson under her shirt, Roloff shares that the hardest thing about being a mom is the breastfeeding.
“It was something I did not expect,” she write. “I just figured it would come naturally because it’s what nature intended, [but] I was so wrong.”
Roloff goes on to share that she and her son got so “frustrated with one another in the beginning,” that it took almost every ounce of her courage to not quit.
“I realized, however, I was being selfish,” she admits. “It was an inconvenience and took FOREVER, but I was blessed enough to be able to [breastfeed].”
She humbly writes, she knew she was in a position over other women would “die to be in” her shoes, so she came to terms with that feeling.
“I feel for those mamas that can’t breastfeed,” she wrote. “I get asked at all my appointments how [breastfeeding] is going and I couldn’t imagine how that would make the women who physically can’t feel.”
The 25-year-old goes on to say that she absolutely hates the stigma of breastfeeding.
“I still feel awkward in public when I feed my baby,” she wrote. “Why should I? I’m providing for my child.”
She adds that she and Jackson have come a long way and the two work really well together now. It’s something she’s very proud of. But she does admit, it’s not always a walk in the park.
“There are still times that I feel overwhelmed with breastfeeding, but I know I’m doing to best I can,” she wrote.
Sharing advice with new moms like herself, Roloff wrote, “We as women just do the best we can and that’s all anyone can ask. You do you mamas. Don’t let anyone make you feel insignificant or like you’re not doing your best.”
She adds, “Breastfeeding is ridiculously hard and it doesn’t always work out. Our kids are going to be just fine.”
Roloff ended her heartfelt post with the hashtag, “milk snob” and jokingly wrote, “Can you tell I like stripes?”
Hands down the hardest thing about being a mom has been breastfeeding. It was something I did not expect. I just figured it would come naturally because it's what nature intended-I was so wrong. Jackson and I got so frustrated with one another in the beginning and it took every ounce of me to not quit. I realized however I was being selfish. It was an inconvenience and took FOREVER but I was blessed enough to be able to BF. I was in a position that some women would die to be in and I couldn't let that go. I feel for those mamas that can't breastfeed. I get asked at all my appointments how BFing is going and I couldn't imagine how that would make the women who physically can't feel. I also HATE the stigma of breastfeeding. I still feel awkward in public when I feed my baby. Why should I? I'm providing for my child. J and I have come a long way and we work well together now and I'm proud of that. There are still times that I feel overwhelmed with breastfeeding but I know I'm doing to best I can. We as women just do the best we can and that's all anyone can ask. You do you mamas. Don't let anyone make you feel insignificant or like you're not doing your best. Breastfeeding is ridiculously hard and it doesn't always work out. Our kids are going to be just fine. #breastfeeding #milksnob #whereisthebaby? #canyoutellilikestripes?
Photo credit: Instagram / @toriroloff