August is National Breastfeeding Month, which means social media is flooded with photos of happy moms breastfeeding their hungry babies. And that's great, because babies need to eat and breasts contain food to feed them! But it's not always that simple. Every mom has a different experience with feeding their baby, and for many moms, the breastfeeding struggle is real.
Angela Burzo is one of these moms. In a raw Instagram post, the mother-of-two shared about the "emotional and painful" reality of trying to breastfeed her second child. Her post went viral, because it's refreshing to see someone get honest about a problem that many, many women deal with.
In the caption, Burzo wrote:
I love seeing all these beautiful women in their beautiful nursing clothes smiling down at their babes as they lovingly look up back at them hand in hand while breastfeeding away. That is not my reality, right now that is. This is real & as much as I want to stay strong and be the soldier I feel I can be I cannot hide the struggle that is BREASTFEEDING. Whether she is not latching on properly, whether I am not producing enough milk to keep up with her demand, whether my nipples might not be adequate, whether we confused her with having to give her a bottle after pumping....whatever it may be it has been an emotional & painful struggle. Today has been full of no naps, sucking and not eating, crying and frustrated parents. This photo depicts my reality of this Breastfeeding journey so far & that first latch & the pain I endure. Keeping it real.
Thank you to all those women coming to my rescue even the times I didn't reach out. All your kind words & encouragement have been a blessing ?
Burzo's post clearly resonated with many people, wracking up 4,000 likes and hundreds of supportive comments from moms who have been through a similar struggle:
This just goes to show that it pays to be honest about the messier sides of motherhood. Yes, even on social media.
Burzo followed up with this post to share her gratitude after going viral:
Thanks to Angela for keeping it so real. Just by owning her own experience, she's clearly helped a lot of people.