Jillian Harris Opens Up About Struggle to Breastfeed, Controversial Choice to Stop
Jillian Harris is done with the mommy-shaming.
The former Bachelorette is opening up about her decision to stop breastfeeding her six-month-old son, Leo, and why it has made life so much better.
“People used to say ‘breast is best,’ and now they’re saying, ‘fed is best,’” she told Us Weekly.
“I’m not breastfeeding anymore, which is so sad, but it does make life a lot easier. It’s controversial, as you know.”
The Love It or List It star, who is engaged to her baby daddy Justin Pasutto, successfully breastfed her son for five months.
“When I was like two months postpartum, I was blogging about milk supply and I was so proud that I had that much milk,” she continued.
“It was amazing for me. I had followed every blog, I took the fenugreek [vitamins], I drank so much water, I had my placenta encapsulated, so I was taking that, and so my milk supply in the first two months was just abundant.”
Then, unfortunately, things took a turn when she got busy.
“We were doing lots of traveling and I had anxiety about the amount I was producing,” she shared.
“I would have a rule with my nanny and say, like, ‘OK, if you feed him three bottles a day, I’ve got to come back with three bags of pumped milk a day.’”
In fact, the 37-year-old was upset with herself for not being able to produce more milk during her busy schedule.
“I didn’t want my baby to feel that anxiety. I was beating myself up over the fact that I should be trying harder, I should be taking more of my lactation pills, I should be drinking more water.”
Though it was hard for her to stop breastfeeding, the new mama is ultimately happy with her decision.
“It made life so much easier for us as a family. I still struggle with it. I have to hand it to moms who breastfeed for two years and have multiple kids.”
We applaud Jillian for being open and honest about her life as a mom. Way to go, girl!
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