Actress Teresa Palmer shares daughter Poet Lake, 1, and sons Forest Sage, 4, and Bodhi Rain, 7, with husband Mark Webber and is currently pregnant with their fifth child.
In a recent Instagram post, Plamer got real with her experience with breastfeeding consistently for seven and a half years since her first child. She starts with, “Today is day 2728 of breastfeeding straight. I have nursed since Feb 17th 2014 when my first son was born. I nursed him in to toddlerhood through the pregnancy of my 2nd son, embarked on a tandem nursing journey for a year. I then continued nursing my 2nd son through the pregnancy of my daughter, in to my second tandem nursing journey. I’m now still nursing my daughter through this pregnancy and will jump in to my third tandem nursing experience in a matter of weeks.”
She also confesses that, “Some days it’s a lot, I’m utterly exhausted and just want my body back, other days I sit in a place of deep gratitude as I cherish and honour this experience with my babes.”
The actress also recognized that she was, “privileged enough to have the choice to breastfeed, not everyone is afforded that. For some, it comes easier than others. I know many many women who tried to nurse and couldn’t without it affecting their mental health and well-being.”
Palmer very truly then says that, “Women should be celebrated for however they feed their babies, free from judgement.”
“Since I began my breastfeeding journey I’ve had media outlets write their opinions on how I’ve breastfed in public or nursed into toddlerhood or tandem fed. 2 years ago I copped verbal abuse inches from my face by a man and woman as I nursed my 6 week old daughter on a bench. If that had happened in those first wobbly weeks of being a new mum, trying to establish a latch with my son and finding my feet with parenting, that experience would have profoundly impacted me,” the actress recalls.
“I hope that other women who are wanting to breastfed and have the opportunity to, can do so without fear of people judging them. It’s incredible to think that these debates and harmful conversations are STILL going on. Let’s hope we are moving towards change in this area. For anyone struggling with any of it, I see you and I can only hope that you have enough people in your orbit offering you unconditional encouragement. If not please use La Leche League International as a resource, they offer up a list of many wonderful support groups online, lactation consultants and a list of local help near you. What a beautiful community, one that I’ve leant on many times throughout the years. LLLI.org
~ World Breastfeeding week ~”
Teresa Plamer announced her pregnancy news in February, joking in an Instagram post with the hashtag “we have so many children.”