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Some babies and breasts go well together right from the start, while other mums and bubs struggle on their breastfeeding journey.
Khloe Kardashian has shared how she found breastfeeding her daughter, True to be hard, not only physically but emotionally too.
In a video posted to her sister, Kourtney’s lifestyle channel Poosh, Khloe, 35 says she was “under a lot of stress” after True’s arrival in 2018 – a reference to the cheating scandal against True’s father, Tristan Thompson.
“There was a lot going on in my life at the time. That, I think, played a part in why I wasn’t producing [milk] as easily.
“It sucked. I hated every minute of it. It was torture. I always felt like I was never giving True enough food. I felt like she was always hungry.
“Once I stopped, though,” she adds, “the amount of pressure that was lifted off my shoulders and I could enjoy my daughter. I’m all for breastfeeding, I tried, but if you can’t do it you don’t have to feel like a failure.”
Revealing her breasts were so painful they bled at times, Khloe tells mum-of-three, Kourtney: “You were always trying to help me and give me tips, and I was like, ‘It’s just not working!’ I wanted to, like, strangle you. Your experience seemed so easy and it wasn’t for me.”
“For me, I remember I used to get almost frustrated with you—not that you even did anything—but you would just talk about this experience you had, and how beautiful [it was],” the reality star tells Kourtney, 40.
“You would say things not at all trying to criticise me, but I would take it like, it’s not that easy.”
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The reality star sisters also discussed motherhood and how people are so quick to judge and criticise them.
“I think being a mum in and of itself is such a hard, but rewarding, beautiful job and everyone’s just trying to figure out what’s best for them and what works for their life. I think it’s ridiculous when people pass judgement when they don’t even know their entire situation,” says Khloe.
Kourtney, who shares three children with ex partner, Scott Disick spoke about feeling like whatever parenting decision she made she couldn’t win with people.
“Like if I was wearing flat shoes, they would be like, ‘Now that you’re a mum you can’t wear heels?’ And then if I’d be wearing heels, they’d be like, ‘You’re gonna carry your kid wearing heels?’ Literally down to the smallest details they would criticise.”
In the future, Kourtney hopes women will support each other, rather than bring one another down, saying she hopes for “better community of women who are lifting each other up and knowing that we’re all going through our own struggle.”
Well said, Kourtney. Well said!