Breastfeeding: "It makes me proud as I look back at how hard my body was working” 1 month ago

Breastfeeding: "It makes me proud as I look back at how hard my body was working”

Beautifully honest.

When one mum recently took to Instagram to share an image of herself breastfeeding her twin boys, she hadn't really expected the beautiful feedback she would get from the very real and raw photograph.

“My hubby snapped this pic as I fell asleep sitting up, breastfeeding our 2-week old twins,” Amy Griffith, from Exercising Balance, wrote in the caption. “Exhausted doesn’t fully describe this experience as I was healing from 2 types of births (Baby A vaginal, Baby B cesarean) and my body is working non-freaking-stop to make all the milk for these boys.”

Recovering from a hectic birth, the picture shows Amy attempting to feed her babies simultaneously – and the look of exhaustion on her face says it all.

 

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Sharing this unfiltered image of me ✨giving my all✨ My hubby snapped this pic as I fell asleep sitting up, breastfeeding our 2 week old twins. Exhausted doesn’t fully describe this experience as I was healing from 2 types of births (Baby A vaginal, Baby B cesarean) and my body is working non-freaking-stop to make all the milk for these boys. . This is the least flattering/aesthetically pleasing image I could share of me bfing my twins but, man, it makes me proud as I look back at how hard my body was working. Sneaking in a nap while the boys ate because, holy crap, I could have fallen asleep anywhere during that first year of their lives. . Our bfing journey lasted 28 months. I amazed myself. Each day/week/month/year that ticked away was mind boggling to me. We were figuring this thing out. Together. It was not easy and required so much sacrifice, but I was 1,000% committed to this part of my journey and thankfully we made progress together. . I enjoyed so many beautiful moments with my boys nursing side-by-side. The first time twins hold hands while bfing is heart-bursting ? Those moments of connection, warm snuggles, love given and received got me through. . Any twin mamas out there bfing? Give me a ?? If you need a little encouragement, share a message below. I love cheering others on along this journey and remind you of just how amazing you are! ?Update: This “sleepy” post has received so much love and been shared worldwide! I’m beyond grateful ? Inspired by the questions I received, I’ve created a twin membership program for personalized support/community for mamas pregnant with twins, breastfeeding twins and those first few years of twin-mom-life ? Please check the link in my bio to be added to our mailing list for membership updates! Plus my “Breastfeeding Twins Guide” E-Book ?

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Unfiltered motherhood

In the beautifully real snap, Amy is caught by her husband as she is feeding her newborn twin boys, and realising she wanted to share this very unfiltered snap with her followers.

Clearly exhausted from the demands of new motherhood, the mum-of-two was grabbing a few moments of rest. And while she may not feel like she looked her best, what she’s achieving is nothing short of spectacular.

“This is the least flattering/aesthetically pleasing image I could share of me bfing my twins but, man, it makes me proud as I look back at how hard my body was working,” she wrote.

“Sneaking in a nap while the boys ate because, holy crap, I could have fallen asleep anywhere during that first year of their lives.”

Amy admit she amazed herself by breastfeeding her boys for a total of 28 months, and considering her rocky start, the post helps to acknowledge the difficulties some women face. “Each day/week/month/year that ticked away was mind-boggling to me,” she wrote.

“We were figuring this thing out. Together. It was not easy and required so much sacrifice, but I was 1,000% committed to this part of my journey and thankfully, we made progress together.”

Touched a chord with other mums

Amy's personal post soon gathered likes from mums across the globe, most of whom were praising her for sharing such an intimate and real image of her own breastfeeding journey.

“Aren’t our bodies incredible!? It’s not always sexy, but man is it amazing… your twins are very lucky to have you girl!” one follower wrote.

Another one added:

"Omg, me six years ago. I don’t think any pictures were taken. Both good and bad! ? I was hallucinating in the night between feeding the girls and getting g back to sleep. It was INSANE. And you are amazing."

One mum, clearly feeling like Amy's post was taking her back in time, wrote:

"Goodness, this brings me right back to those exact feelings! Totally exhausted, totally empowered ?? Amazing job, mama!"