Woman's Viral Instagram Post Nails What Breastfeeding Moms Need Most

January 31st 2017

Almie Rose

Breastfeeding doesn't always come easy — and not just for the baby.

One mom from Nashville, Tennessee, by the name of Leah explained the struggle she encountered when breastfeeding her baby girl in an Instagram photo that seems to have resonated with a lot of parents.

"Mamas really do need all the support they can get."



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Leah described the mental, emotional and physical pain of breastfeeding in the caption, writing, "OK, I'm going to say it for us all. Breastfeeding is hard. It's really, really hard."

She went on to note in the post, which was published Jan. 24 and has over 7,000 likes, the many issues a breastfeeding mom may encounter:

"... You truly don't know what's going on down there. Too much? Too little? Too intense? Not enough hindmilk? Not enough time? Plugged duct? Mastitis? WTF!!! ... We all so desperately want to survive and push through. We so badly want to have our baby thrive. We want that relationship. We want the experience. In the end, fed is best. That's what matters. But all I know right now is that breastfeeding is hard."

Leah explained she's doing her "very best" but wanted people to know that "mamas really do need all the support they can get."

Breastfeeding is hard, that's why lactation services were covered under the ACA.

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, provided many different services to breastfeeding mothers such as, "lactation support and counseling, such as lactation education and consulting services; equipment and supplies, such as pumps; infrastructure, such as pump rooms and break time," according to The Washington Post.


Breastfeeding can have a steep learning curve, too. In 2011, "79 percent of newborn infants started to breastfeed. Yet breastfeeding did not continue for as long as recommended. Of infants born in 2011, 49 percent were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27 percent at 12 months," according to statistics from the CDC

Not every baby immediately takes to the mom's breast, breastfeeding can hurt and some women are more physically sensitive than others. This is why counseling, consulting and lactation services can be helpful for moms. Also, for the many mothers who pump milk for their baby, breast pumps were also covered under the ACA to those in need.


Cheryl Petran, CEO of the Pump Station & Nurtury, a California-based center for parenting classes, breastfeeding classes and baby supplies, told The Washington Post that despite its flaws, the "ACA kept the breastfeeding conversation top of mind, kept the initiation rates high and continues to keep employers well aware of what new mothers need to pump and feel balanced in the workplace."


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With Obamacare's replacement uncertain, especially when it comes to the provisions for new moms and their kids, moms currently need all the help and support they can get. As Leah told The Huffington Post: "It takes more than a breast to feed a baby! It takes time, patience, support, proper nutrition, confidence and sometimes professional help to overcome your breastfeeding struggles."

[H/T The Huffington Post]