Mum praised for revealing her ’emotional & painful struggle’ to breastfeed in Instagram selfie

A new mum has taken to Instagram to share her ’emotional and painful struggle’ of trying to breastfeed her newborn daughter.

Mum-of-two and photographer Angela Burzo took to the photo-sharing site to post the emotional image, which shows her feeding her daughter as she appears visibly upset with tears streaming down her cheeks.

‘This is my reality right now,’ Angela wrote. ‘This real & as much as I
want to stay strong and be the soldier I feel I can be I cannot hide the struggle that is BREASTFEEDING.

‘Whether she is not latching on properly, whether I am not producing enough milk to keep up with her demand, whether my nipples might not be adequate, whether we confused her with having to give her a bottle after pumping . . . whatever it may be it has been an emotional & painful struggle.’

I love seeing all these beautiful women in their beautiful nursing clothes smiling down at their babes as they lovingly look up back at them hand in hand while breastfeeding away. That is not my reality, right now that is. This is real & as much as I want to stay strong and be the soldier I feel I can be I cannot hide the struggle that is BREASTFEEDING. Whether she is not latching on properly, whether I am not producing enough milk to keep up with her demand, whether my nipples might not be adequate, whether we confused her with having to give her a bottle after pumping….whatever it may be it has been an emotional & painful struggle. Today has been full of no naps, sucking and not eating, crying and frustrated parents. This photo depicts my reality of this Breastfeeding journey so far & that first latch & the pain I endure. Keeping it real. Thank you to all those women coming to my rescue even the times I didn't reach out. All your kind words & encouragement have been a blessing 💕 #nationalbreastfeedingweek #breastfeeding #ayleeburzo12daysold #fedisbest #inspire #keepingitreal #reality #thestruggleisreal #blessed #thankful #normalizebreastfeeding #reallife #realshit #breastmilk #breastfed #boobolution #nationalbreastfeedingmonth #nationalbreastfeedingawarenessmonth

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The new mum’s post has had over 5000 likes and 764 comments, all in praise and support of her honest message.

One mum wrote: ‘Never feel like you are failing, never feel guilty for using a bottle, never feel that you are alone. You are amazing, and you’ve got this.’

Another added: ‘I cried through breastfeeding with my son. I wish I had switched to a bottle earlier instead of going through a year of hell breastfeeding over guilt. Just do what is right for you!’

Angela went on to update her 1,664 followers with another post, thanking all of them for their love and support.

‘I had NO idea my post would reach so many people’ she began.

‘I could cry right now from all of the love I’ve received BUT my goal is to NOT cry today (seems like my only goal lately). I have read almost ALL of your kind, loving, encouraging & supportive comments & I would love to reply to all of you but since I am still exclusively breastfeeding (haven’t crossed the supplement bridge yet) I barely have time to finish my Mother’s Tea ☕️.’

💕 Hello! I had NO idea my post would reach so many people. I could cry right now from all of the ισνε I've received BUT my goal is to NOT cry today (seems like my only goal lately). I have read almost ALL of your kind, loving, encouraging & supportive comments & I would love to reply to all of you but since I am still exclusively breastfeeding (haven't crossed the supplement bridge yet) I barely have time to finish my Mother's Tea ☕️. Thank you to each of you that have taken the time out to share your own trials & tribulations & it is awesome to see so many powerful women out there 💪🏽. To all my close friends & family, to all the women here in the states & to all of you who have reached out from across the world 🌎 βιεss γουr ❤️'s! I am completely humbled & grateful for all your words. We are 2 weeks in today & I am still pushing through despite all the back pain, neck pain, nipple pain, head pain (from clenching my teeth) and all the other pains. I try to keep up with my water intake, mother's tea, lactation cookies, almonds, nipple balm & cool gel pads. I loved all your recommendations & personal remedies & to each her own. (I attempted to eat some oatmeal today & I had to spit it out. I can't 😝). Oh the struggle. I am a second time Mom here & I had to supplement with my first as breastfeeding just didn't work out & he is totally amazing, so I know it can be done. I think since this is my second time around, you know that saying "if I knew then what I know now" I feel like why shouldn't I be able to do this. I must have forgotten how much of a toll it takes on not only you but the other members in your family. It can't be easy for them to see you hurting & lash out at times. To my family, I am sorry & I love you! For now I am going to keep at it. I just tell myself I will not feel ashamed if I have to give it up because as strong of a woman it takes to exclusively breastfeed it takes an equally strong woman to walk away 💪🏽. Here's to Motherhood & Keeping It Real! #mom #mother #momlife #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #nationalbreastfeedingweek #breastfeeding #fedisbest #keepingitreal #reallife #thestruggle #thestruggleisreal #instagood #positivevibes

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Ending the post on a positive note, Angela revealed she’s keen to keep trying to breastfeed her daughter, but won’t feel guilty if she has to stop.

‘For now I am going to keep at it. I just tell myself I will not feel ashamed if I have to give it up because as strong of a woman it takes to exclusively breastfeed it takes an equally strong woman to walk away.’