Hilary Duff Opens Up About Decision to Stop Breastfeeding in Heartfelt Post

Hilary Duff and daughter Banks
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In case no one tells ya today, breastfeeding is hard work and isn't some glamorous thing (at all). As wonderful as it is to bond with LO while nursing, there will come a time on the journey when it will come to an end that can be bittersweet (and emotional). Hilary Duff is opening up about her last days breastfeeding and dealing with the stress of a "dropping milk supply" that helped influence her decision. This celeb mom's testimony is raw and honest and has so many of her followers thankful for her transparency.

  • Hilary took to Instagram to share a few thoughts about breastfeeding and the decision to close this chapter.

    We love Hilary Duff's honesty about motherhood. She has two children -- son Luca,7, from a previous relationship, and a 6-month-old daughter, Banks Violet Bair, whom she shares with beau Matthew Koma -- and always keeps it real when it comes to being a mom.

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  • "Last week was my last week nursing Banks (my six month old). I am a working mom of two," she reveals.

    "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," Hilary Duff notes in her Instagram post.

    She continues:
    "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 da** 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)!

    .... 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 .... 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[a**] rock star. Moms get high on feeling like superwoman ... because we are! Doing too much, because we can!"
  • Needless to say, Hilary Duff's post resonated with tons of people.

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    Breastfeeding is both intimate and a touchy topic in this society. When moms aren't being shamed for attempting to nurse their children in public, there's a pressure to breastfeed -- without encroaching into the extended breastfeeding territory (heaven knows that will make people clutch their pearls) -- that rests heavy on our shoulders.

    ... and it's OK to let it go.

  • And we're so thankful for her transparency.

    We have a feeling someone needed to hear this to know they aren't alone -- and that it's OK to find an alternative that works for both you and your baby.

    Love ya, Hil.

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