A mom who once struggled to breastfeed now hopes to spread an important message about milk donation.
On Monday, mom-of-two Ashley Clifford posted a sweet valentine on her Instagram page in order to help raise awareness about breast milk donation.
"This photo means so much to me," she wrote in the caption of the adorable image, which features her 5-month-old daughter Ellie surrounded by bags of breast milk that have been fashioned into the shape of a heart.
So beautiful and meaningful!
"When I found out I was pregnant with this baby, my DREAM was to not only be able to breastfeed her, but to be able to donate milk as well," the generous mama went on to explain in her post. "This picture represents many sleepless nights, especially from the first couple weeks, 295 ounces of extra milk, five blocked ducts, and a 17.5 lb healthy, growing baby girl."
Now Cliifford—who struggled to breastfeed her first baby (now 2)—is finally ready to donate 200 ounces for the very first time. "I'm having some reservations, only because nursing and pumping is HARD!" she admitted. "I feel kind of protective of this haha BUT that isn't going to stop me from giving some of this away."
Way to go, Mama!
And though Clifford may be actively trying to spread the word about milk donation, she still maintains that FED is best, and hopes her post will resonate with all the moms out there struggling to breastfeed, like she did the first time around.
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"My son is thriving and he was on formula for most of his infant life," she explained to The Huffington Post. "It is an incredible feeling to be able to not only feed our daughter, but to help another family nourish theirs as well."
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.