Australian television star Maddi Wright opened up about why she regrets breastfeeding in a refreshingly honest Instagram she posted last Wednesday. The former House Rules star and her husband welcomed their second son Marlow back in October.
I wish I never breastfed my baby.
A strong statement and many would disagree but here's why... 3 weeks post stopping breastfeeding with my 4 month old I am a completely different person. I'm a better mum and better wife. I have more energy. I actually have gaps where bub is NOT on my body so I get to miss him a little. I have more time for my other son. I am more affectionate towards my husband. I don't dread going out in public. I enjoy my clothes again as I'm not leaking everywhere or having to wear uncomfortable maternity bras. I'm able to leave the house by myself without getting anxiety. I'm able to go to the gym again. I know I will cop alot of negative comments about this post but I think its important for mums to know that they have choices. There are so many different ways to be a mum. But what many mums forget is that MUM HAS TO BE HAPPY TOO.
Although Wright did experience some pushback from the post, the feedback from other women was generally overwhelmingly positive. Many mothers are lauding Wright for her honesty while talking about something that so many struggle with, but few discuss for fear that they will be "mommy shamed" for not "momming right" by other moms. Yeah, that's a thing.
"I so appreciate this post. I'm having a hard time breastfeeding and I think it's so true that it's not for everyone nor is it the easiest thing for everyone," posted one woman. "After being shamed the other day because I supplement with formula, this really spoke to me. Thank you!"
Another commented, "I breastfed over a year each time despite being past my limits to give and have just been diagnosed with depression. Fed is best and mom HAS to be ok too. I am still learning these lessons and applause to you for a little self-care."