Hilary Duff Opens Up About Her Breastfeeding Struggles: "Just Still Painful And It's Hard"

Hilary Duff Opens Up About Her Breastfeeding Struggles: "Just Still Painful And It's Hard"

Duff recently appeared on a post-birth edition of the Informed Pregnancy Podcast and spoke about her breastfeeding struggles with Dr. Elliot Berlin.

Hilary Duff attends D23 Disney+ Showcase at Anaheim Convention Center on August 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

As rewarding as it is, motherhood has its own set of challenges. It can be especially stressful if one is struggling with breastfeeding and actress Hilary Duff is one of them. The 33-year-old mother has been quite open about her breastfeeding struggles and she recently appeared on a post-birth edition of Informed Pregnancy Podcast to speak at length about it with Dr. Elliot Berlin, according to PEOPLE. The Younger star shared how she had been handling her postpartum life with husband Matthew Koma, their daughter Banks Violet, 2, and her son Luca Cruz, 9, after welcoming baby girl Mar James on March 24.


Duff revealed that breastfeeding has always been a challenge for her. "I'd say it was the easiest with Luca. All of the babies latch really great, I'm just not a huge milk producer, so it's emotional for me," said the mom of three. "In fact, this is the first baby that I haven't supplemented with yet, so I've just exclusively been breastfeeding her. I'm going to keep trying that for a couple of weeks." Continuing to speak about her struggles with the process, she said, "Just still painful and it's hard, and it's even harder having the other two that I know need me so much, and this takes up such a huge portion of the day. It seems like every 20 minutes I'm feeding the baby, and I have to be sitting in one place, and Banks is still not quite old enough to understand, even though she has been amazing with the baby. It's just hard."


Apparently, she experiences anxiety about not producing enough breastmilk for her infant child and unfortunately, this concern tends to impact her output as well. "Right now, I don't know that I'm not producing as much as I need, but I think since I haven't in the past, I have tons of anxiety that I'm not, and that she's not getting enough, and then I'm in my head, and then I don't feel like enough, and then the spiral continues from there," she explains. "I'm not even at week three yet, so I need to just sit back and chill and trust that my body is doing the right thing. And she's gaining weight," added the singer. 


In May 2019, Duff took to Instagram and shared her decision to stop breastfeeding her second child. At the time, she explained that the reason behind her sharing this outlook with the world was because stopping breastfeeding "was so emotional and hard." In the lengthy post, she wrote, I am a working mom of two. 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. I had zero down time and am usually pumping in a hair and make up trailer while four hands work to get me ready for the next scene with lots of other people around. 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!


As much as she was conflicted about the idea of switching to formula, she ultimately decided to go for it. 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 ass rock star. Moms get high on feeling like superwoman...because we are! Doing too much, because we can! she shared. 


Duff added how her daughter thrived after switching to formula and she felt "fine and happy and relieved and silly that I even stressed on it so hard," about the decision to switch. Concluding the post, she shared: Whether you are pre or postpartum. Or just a busy mom, You are a [superhero] every day for all that you do. Always putting yourself last and running a mile a minute…while carrying all of the bags lol. Love you all and hope this helps anyone struggling! See you nursing bras✌🏻 until next time!

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