Breastfeeding: I tried everything in my power to build a supply for my girls. Pumping, lactation consultants, mothers milk tea/vitamins, formula wired to my nipples, up all hours of the night and having emotional breakdowns not understanding why my body couldn't build up any milk over the last month. Due to the way my birth went and excess of fluids in my body and trauma, my breasts aren't able to supply even enough milk for one baby. I never thought I would have problems breastfeeding and realize now I did the absolute best I could do. I wanted to thank my friends who have supplied my girls with their milk @kikialamode and @kacej. I'm so lucky to have friends like you!!! I also feel like people don't talk about how hard breastfeeding can be and if you can BF you're incredibly lucky. I pump all day to be able to provide my girls with one ounce of my milk, and I've excepted that's the best I can do. All I can give them is my love and that's most important.
Had Elaina Bellis posted her beautiful tandem-nursing photo to Instagram without a caption, nobody would have assumed that she was having trouble breastfeeding her twin girls. However, Bellis used the photo to open up about her inability to breastfeed — what she did to try to make milk, how her friends have helped, the way she has come to accept her situation — and is sharing her story to tell those who can nurse how lucky they are. She is also inspiring all mothers — whether they are able to breastfeed or not — by reminding them that sometimes all you can give is your love, and that's the most important thing.
Read her inspiring post in its entirety above.