Tamera Mowry-Housley encoraged moms to do their best to nurse their babies with a touching post on Instagram.
Breastfeeding is a pretty sensitive subject among the maternal set. Most moms seem to prefer it, arguing that it’s the best and most efficient way to nourish a baby. Something so natural should come pretty easy, according to conventional knowledge. However, that’s not always the case for many new mothers.
Tamera decided to offer hope to women struggling with it by sharing a picture of herself in the nursery with her daughter Ariah that included the caption, “Breastfeeding Ariah has been amazing, in large part because I learned a lot from my experience with Aden.”
Clicking over to Tamera’s blog reveals that she had a pretty tough time nursing her son, and it took a while for them to get it right.
“With Aden, breastfeeding was hard. It didn’t come as naturally as we’re meant to believe,” Tamera shared. “Aden wasn’t latching properly, which meant I experienced soreness, my nipples were callused and I was in pain for about 8 weeks.”
She continued, “It took some time, but I finally learned how to get the right latch, and then breastfeeding was much easier.”
It was a particularly emotional time for Tamera as a new mother because she was trying to learn about caring for a baby. Given that experience, welcoming her Ariah brought up the same concerns and flash backs to how hard it was to accomplish her goal.
“I wanted to be sure that I could give her my antibodies, feed her nutrients and give her enough of my milk to help prevent her from getting sick,” Tamera wrote. “Thankfully my worries were unwarranted. I took everything I learned from my experience with Aden and Ariah had the perfect latch from day one.”
All that said, Tamera advised moms to find what works for their little ones because children can be very different about their feeding. Acknowledging the bottle is better for some babies, she wrote, “Women must do what’s right for their baby–which can include bottle feeding of course. In that case, I’ve discovered that Gentle Gerber formula is best!”