Audrey Roloff's Baby Ember Update Compares Breastfeeding to 'Unmedicated Labor Contractions'

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Welcoming a new child into the world is a life-changing event that brings so much joy to new parents' lives. But it's also a time filled with challenges and some pain that can be hard to bear. Audrey Roloff is speaking out about her postpartum experiences and how she feels she's "failing" 2-week-old daughter Ember in a must-read post.


The Little People, Big World reality star gave fans an update about life with baby Ember in a heartfelt Instagram post. And while this new mom is over the moon to have her daughter with hubby Jeremy Roloff, Audrey isn't afraid to speak up about some of the unpleasant realities she's faced since giving birth.

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"While I am overflowing with love for my daughter and husband, I won't sugar coat it ... these past two weeks have been HARD," Roloff reveals.

She continues:

"The first 24 hours with Ember were bliss, but after that it was as if I went back into labor again ... I was well prepared for the pain and suffering that comes with childbirth, but I was not prepared for the pain and suffering that comes afterwards. I got all the things ... the common 'TMI' postpartum hurts, along with severe engorgement, too much milk, not enough milk, blisters, bruises, clogged ducts, and mastitis. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the pain that I've experienced while breast feeding has been comparable to unmedicated labor contractions.

Inevitably, all of this has left me feeling like I am failing my baby, frustrated, discouraged, and heart ached."

Aww. Poor Mama.

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Yet through it all, Audrey finds strength in her faith that helps her endure and reiterates the importance of her journey.

"But even though the tearful sleepless nights persist, so will I. I will continue to pour myself out in sacrificial love for this baby girl who makes every hurt worth enduring. And not by my strength or striving, but in Christ alone," the new mom writes on Instagram. "Motherhood is already refining me so much and I am blessed."

Hopefully Audrey's days ahead will include more rest and less pain. 

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