In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Troian Bellisario recently opened up about her experience with breastfeeding and pumping. The former Pretty Little Liars actress and her husband Patrick J. Adams welcomed a daughter last year, and like many new moms, Troian found that nursing her baby was more difficult than anticipated. On Tuesday, she shared her candid thoughts about the process (along with a couple of photos) in a touching Instagram post.
"I would never have thought something so simple would be so complicated," Troian wrote. "My milk came in immediately (so lucky!) my daughter has always eaten well (little bit of reflux but all good) and breastfeeding her was never painful or frustrating (SO RARE) but the mastitis, waking up in the middle of the night to pump😴, pulling off on the freeway to pump, or hiding in dark corners of houses while pumping or else I can't sleep it's SO PAINFUL (I've included the most glamorous I've ever looked while feeling like an effing cow) having to be conscious of everything I put or do not put in my body (it's been almost two years if you count pregnancy) and that means alcohol, medication, even melatonin! I can't even join in all of this cool CBD stuff that's happening."
"But...," she continued. "No matter how much I HATE pumping or how complicated MY relationship with food is, it has been a joy, an honor and a no brainer to feed my daughter this way. 🙌🏽 My body has made it easy for us and i have loved every moment i get to spend this kind of time with her. Not every mother gets that. I don't know if I will have it for much longer, but I will always take care of her and do what is best for us. (Once again f*ck pumping. Love you forever babay girl)"