Despite all of breastfeeding’s benefits and perks, often times when we cover viral breastfeeding stories, they’re about moms who were shamed or moms who are struggling. From mishaps at malls to mastitis, their stories run the gamut. But today is different. Today, thanks to Serena Williams, we highlight that feeling of being totally in love with breastfeeding. Although we should probably choose a different word, since love means nothing in tennis.
Yesterday, Williams took to Twitter to express (heh) how much she enjoys her time nursing her daughter, Alexis Olympia, 3 months.
“Fellow moms,” she asks, “How long did you breastfeed? Is it weird that I get emotional when I even just think about when it's time to stop?”
Nope, not weird. In fact, it’s pretty scientific. The “cuddling hormone” oxytocin, produced during skin-to-skin and breastfeeding, has long been known to promote mom and baby bonding. And more recently, a study found that prolactin, which stimulates milk production for lactation, helps stimulate maternal nurturing behavior as well. Basically, Williams’s body is telling her not to stop. She’s intensely bonding with her baby.
Still, there will come a time when she has to stop. And for that, we have an entire guide.
Game, set, latch.