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Hilary Duff Discusses Decision To Stop Breastfeeding After Six Months

Hilary Duff’s bold confession on social media once again reflects her courageous nature: she has admitted that she has stopped breastfeeding her 6-month-old daughter, Banks. Though we all know the benefits of breastfeeding your child, how many of us can speak openly about the challenges of breastfeeding that a working mother faces?

The 31-year-old actress, Hilary Duff nailed it again with a compelling Instagram post on Tuesday. With a sweet photo of herself breastfeeding her infant, she starts her Instagram message with, “THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES Just a few thoughts that I wanted to share on Breast-feeding.”

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"Last week was my last week nursing Banks (my six-month-old)," she says. "I am a working mom of two. My goal was to get my little girl to six months and then decide if I (and her of course) wanted to keep going. Let me tell you. Pumping at work sucks.”

She explains with a list of reasons why pumping at the workplace is not comfortable, including, when you have four people hovering over you to get you ready for the next scene, it's a challenge to keep yourself calm and focused. In addition, with the constant pressure of pumping, breaks were no longer a time for relaxing as she had to sit straight to ensure the flow of milk.

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THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES Just a few thoughts that I wanted to share on Breast-feeding. Last week was my last week nursing Banks (my six month old) I am a working mom of two. My goal was to get my little girl to six months and then decide if I (and her of course) wanted to keep going. 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. Even if I had the luxury to be in my own room, it’s not even considered a “break” because you have to sit upright for the milk to flow into the bottles! Plus you are having your damn nipples tugged at by an aggressive machine that makes an annoying sound, that echoes through your head day and night (I swear that machine and I had many conversations at midnight and 3 am)! Ttttthen having to find someplace to sterilize bottles and keep your milk cold (ok I’m done with that rant lol)! Anyway, I didn’t know this because with Luca I didn’t work until he was about nine months old, so I didn’t pump very often. Your milk supply drastically drops when you stop feeding as often and lose the actual contact and connection with your baby (😞). So I was eating all the feunugreek goats butt blessed thistle fennel cookies/drops/shakes/pills I could get my hands on! It was maddening. (Does fenugreek make anyone else smell like maple syrup and rubber gloves?...not chill) With all of this complaining, I want to say I enjoyed (almost) every moment of feeding my daughter. Felt so lucky to be so close to her and give her that start. I know 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! KEEP READING in the comments below 👇🏼♥️

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The actress also adds how she had to depend on supplements to maintain her flow of milk, which was dropping due to lack of physical contact with her baby, “I was eating all the feunugreek [sic] goats butt blessed thistle fennel cookies/drops/shakes/pills I could get my hands on! It was maddening.”

Duff has a 7-year old son, but she had never faced challenges while breastfeeding him because with Luca she didn't start working until he was about nine months old. There was no need to pump as often for Luca as there was for Banks.

Before anyone questions her choice, it is essential to know that making this decision was not easy on her. She laments, “I was sad and frustrated and feeling like a failure all of the time. When really I’m a badass rock star. Moms get high on feeling like superwoman…because we are! Doing too much, because we can!” She has been emotionally and physically drained, but looking at how happy her daughter is, she finds the necessary solace.

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Like any other mom, she also enjoyed being close to her daughter and feels lucky that she could breastfeed her. She wrote, “I know 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.”

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She gets what she wants 🍓

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Her decision sends a message to all those moms who stress out over breastfeeding their baby. Whether you are a busy mom or a postpartum mom, you are a superhero for everything you do, so please don’t fret about breastfeeding. All that matters is the health of your child and your wellbeing.

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