When it comes to tackling taboo parenting issues, Whitney Port is a master. In her YouTube series,"I Love My Baby But," she hits on topics that some women may not want to openly share their personal experiences with, especially when it comes to her struggle with breastfeeding. Whitney opened up to POPSUGAR about both her physical and emotional challenges with breastfeeding, and what she has to say is something all new moms should hear.
She explained how communicating her feelings to her viewers about a deeply personal struggle — like breastfeeding — was no walk in the park: "My [breastfeeding video] was so hard to film. It was something that was really happening at that time. It was a hot-button topic. As soon as I'd start talking about it with my husband, I'd just start crying," she said. "My hormones were out of whack and it was a very difficult thing for me because I initially thought the issue with breastfeeding would be whether or not the milk came in. I had no idea that when the milk came in there were so many other things that [could still go wrong]."
"To be perfectly honest, I just didn't have that magical bonding experience with Sonny where every time I nursed him I felt this indescribable amount of love and closeness to him."
And like so many other mothers out there, she was plagued with pangs of guilt for not loving every single second breastfeeding. "To be perfectly honest, I just didn't have that magical bonding experience with Sonny where every time I nursed him I felt this indescribable amount of love and closeness to him. I felt really guilty about it."
Rather than quietly sulking, however, Whitney decided to share her experience with mothers around the world by making videos on the matter. "I felt, yet again, that I couldn't be the only person who feels this way, so I put it out there. The [number] of people who reached out and had similar stories to me was just unbelievable. It's sad that [women] put [themselves] through all this torment and all this guilt about something that doesn't have to be that difficult. It was really comforting for me to hear from some of my viewers that fed is best."