Ashley Graham is a model and public person who many people can relate to. She was the first plus-size model to ever be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Since then, she has made it her goal to spread the message that you should love your body. Graham is honest about everything in her life, so she doesn’t hide anything during her pregnancies. This shows what it’s like to be a mom.
Graham is a mom to a boy and two sets of twins. She wants to spread the message that every mom has the right to decide if nursing is right for her, no matter what society thinks.
In a recent interview, Graham was honest about what every woman goes through when she’s pregnant but doesn’t like to talk about too much. The model said she also thought about keeping some things to herself. “Especially with how your body changes when you’re pregnant, with stretch marks, sagging skin, formula, and breastfeeding,” she said. Because there’s also this thing where people tell you how to feed your child.”
Ashley went on to talk about her experience breastfeeding: “When I had my first child, I thought, “I can only nurse! This is the way to do it!’ Then I had twins, and I told myself, “I’m not doing this anymore.”This isn’t going to work. You both want both of these, right? There’s a lot to do.’So, when they were five months old, I stopped nursing them and gave them the best formula I could find… And these little guys are so strong and happy.”
Graham thinks that each mom should decide for herself whether to use formula or nurse based on her own experience. “I don’t think we should tell other people how to feed their kids,” she said to make her point clear.
The model became even more approachable when she talked about how hard it was for her body to recover after giving birth. She said, “Your body gets all the food it needs, and the baby takes it from you. And then the baby comes out, and all of a sudden you’re just completely empty, so your hair falls out, you get pimples, and I mean, you don’t lose weight.”
Graham stated why she was so honest: “I like to show people that I’m just happy with who I am. And I had a trip, in the sense that having body confidence and being happy with who you are is a journey…I don’t ever want to lie.”And we’re all glad that the model told us about her experiences because it lets moms all over the world know that they are seen and heard.