Hilary Duff reveals the anxiety that comes with breastfeeding

Lucy Scott
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Photo credit: Michael Kovac
Photo credit: Michael Kovac

Hilary Duff recently welcomed her third child – a sweet little girl called Mae James Blair. Although she’s a pro at parenting, the actress has revealed the anxieties that come along with breastfeeding.

Speaking on Dr Elliot Berlin's Informed Pregnancy podcast, Hilary spoke about how different her experiences of breastfeeding have been with each of her children, saying, ‘all of the babies latch really great; I'm just not a huge milk producer, so it's emotional for me, but I am exclusively been breastfeeding Mae.’

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Hilary also pointed out that feeding is even harder this time because she has two other children, Luca, nine, and Banks, two, to look after.

She said, ‘it’s still painful and it's hard, and it's even harder having the other two that I know need me so much, and this takes up such a huge portion of the day. It seems like every 20 minutes I'm feeding the baby, and I have to be sitting in one place.’

The mother-of-three also discussed the issue that anxiety can affect how much milk you produce, saying, ‘right now, I don't know that I'm not producing as much as I need, but I think, since I haven't in the past, I have tons of anxiety that I'm not, and that she's not getting enough. And then I'm in my head, and then I don't feel like enough, and then the spiral continues from there.’

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Hilary, who had a home birth, also shared that her children were at the birth of Mae, saying, ‘it was important for me because I’m really big on being open and honest with them about how strong women are and what childbirth looks like.’

For advice and help on breastfeeding visit La Leche League GB.

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