One of the most approachable models and public personalities nowadays is Ashley Graham. She has made it her goal to promote body positivity after being the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Graham is known for being honest about all aspects of her life, and she didn’t hold anything back during her pregnancies to demonstrate what it’s actually like to be a mother.
Graham, a mother of two twins and a boy, is advocating for the freedom of all mothers to decide whether or not to breastfeed their children, despite social norms.
Graham recently spoke candidly about the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy that all women experience but would rather not discuss in public. As she acknowledged, “Especially with how your body is changing when you’re pregnant, and stretchmarks, and the saggy skin, formula, breastfeeding,” the model added she also thought about keeping some things to herself. Because there’s also the entire issue of others dictating to you what to feed your child.
Ashley continued by sharing her nursing experience: “After having my first child, I thought that I could only breastfeed! This is the proper approach! After having the twins, I decided I was not going to continue with this.Here, this isn’t functioning. Do you both wish to have these two?This requires a lot of labor.When they were five months old, I decided to quit nursing them and give them the best formula I could find. And look at how joyful and powerful these tiny fellas are.
Graham thinks that in the end, each mother should make the decision to breastfeed or use formula based on her own experiences. “I don’t think we should be telling people how we should be feeding our kids,” she said, hammering home her argument.
Graham gave an explanation for her candor, stating, “I like to portray myself as someone who is content with who they are.” And I went through a journey where I learned to embrace my body and be good with who I am.Never have I wanted to lie.And since it helps moms everywhere feel seen and heard, we’re all appreciative of the model sharing her experiences with us.