In honour of World Breastfeeding Week, Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario has penned an open letter about the struggles she faced when breastfeeding her daughter.
The mum shared an intimate photo of her breastfeeding her baby girl alongside the honest story. Troian explained that she never thought breastfeeding would be so complicated.
“My milk came in immediately (so lucky!) my daughter has always eaten well (little bit of reflux but all good) and breastfeeding her was never painful or frustrating (SO RARE)”
However, it wasn’t an easy journey for the mum. She shared the downsides to breastfeeding that she wasn’t expecting, “The mastitis, waking up in the middle of the night to pump, pulling off on the freeway to pump, or hiding in dark corners of houses while pumping or else I can’t sleep it’s so painful.”
Troian said she experienced such stress when she had to be conscious of everything she put or didn’t put into her body.
“That means alcohol, medication, even melatonin! I can’t even join in all of this cool CBD stuff that’s happening. But... no matter how much I HATE pumping or how complicated MY relationship with food is, it has been a joy, an honor and a no brainer to feed my daughter this way,” she stressed.
The Suits star added, “My body has made it easy for us and I have loved every moment I get to spend this kind of time with her. Not every mother gets that. I don’t know if I will have it for much longer, but I will always take care of her and do what is best for us. (Once again f*ck pumping. Love you forever babay girl)”
Troian and her husband Patrick J. Adams welcomed their daughter in October 2018.