Mom's Raw Photo Perfectly Sums Up the 'Painful Struggle' of Breastfeeding

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It is important to moms that we are always being real about every facet of motherhood. Sometimes, being real means discussing things that aren't so pretty. With her recent Instagram post describing the physical and emotional lows of breastfeeding, mom Angela Burzo is obviously of the same opinion.


Burzo has garnered attention for shining light on the less beautiful parts of breastfeeding. Alongside a photograph of her with a tear-streaked face and holding her new baby daughter to her chest, Angela's Instagram description put words to the feelings that plague so many moms when it comes to breastfeeding.

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"As much as I want to stay strong and be the soldier I feel I can be, I cannot hide the struggle that is BREASTFEEDING," she wrote. "Whether she is not latching on properly, whether I am not producing enough milk to keep up with her demand, whether my nipples might not be adequate, whether we confused her with having to give her a bottle after pumping ... whatever it may be it has been an emotional and painful struggle." 

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She went on further to detail a day full of "no naps, sucking and not eating, crying and frustrated parents."

"This photo depicts my reality of this breastfeeding journey so far & that first latch & the pain I endure. Keeping it real," she adds, before ending her message with a heartfelt "thank you" to the supportive, encouraging women in her life who've kept her going.

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and moms everywhere have taken to the Internet to speak about everything from the normalization of public breastfeeding to campaigning for better spaces to pump in the workplace. A little over a week into the month, mothers everywhere have informed and inspired tons of people.

Angela's struggle is one that so many of us can relate to. It shows that discussions around breastfeeding need to go so much deeper than the typical "do or don't" conversations. It is important that we remember the nuances and take the time to lend an ear and a supportive hand to struggling moms when they need it most.

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