My immensely talented and beautiful daughter, Ava, painted this for an art project at school. Her concentration for AP Art this year was mental illness. And this painting depicted antepartum/postpartum depression. I’ve birthed 3 perfect babies and I suffered from my own variety of postpartum depression, but mine was more like post-breastfeeding depression. My youngest is 18 months old and I weaned her about 5 months ago and I’m still struggling with it. I’m crying right now writing this because it’s still so hard for me. Knowing she will be my last, and thus, the last time I ever breastfeed was even more difficult than with the other two. I don’t hear this talked about very often but since my daughter did such an amazing job depicting what us women go through, I wanted to share my experience too. As women, and mothers, we need to be there for one another to lean on and to be the voice that says “it’s ok” when we are sometimes so heavily pained by the one thing that also brings us the most joy.
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