Tia Mowry Opened Up About Her Breastfeeding Struggles And How She Found Support On Social Media

    "My body was extremely fatigued and overworked."

    August is officially National Breastfeeding Month, and Tia Mowry is opening up about her breastfeeding journey, and the challenges she faced along the way.

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    Last week, Tia took to Instagram to share her experience with breastfeeding, which wasn't as easy as some might assume. She spoke candidly about developing an infection and finding a community through social media.

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    Tia went into detail about how different breastfeeding was for her with her first child versus her second. She shares her two children — 12-year-old Cree and 5-year-old Cairo — with her ex-husband Cory Hardrict.

    Tia and her children

    "When I had Cree, I was struggling to breastfeed him," Tia wrote. "I was only able to breastfeed for 3 months before having to switch to formula."

    "During my second pregnancy, Instagram was around, and it was actually through here where I learned a lot more about breastfeeding, and also where I met a huge community of women who were all so supportive and encouraged me to continue on," she added.

    Tia with her daughter

    With that additional help, Tia revealed she was able to breastfeed her daughter Cairo for 13 months. Although she was able to do it for an extended period of time, the process itself was still "difficult."

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    "I was pumping every 3 hours at work while working 14 hour days on set, and at times I would have to breastfeed on set as well," Tia continued. "And after those long days, I would return home and to breastfeed Cairo."

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    "Whenever I was traveling for work, I would pump extra milk so that she would have milk when I was away. My body was extremely fatigued and overworked."

    Tia and her daughter

    Things got so bad, Tia recalled developing mastitis — a "painful" infection of the breast tissue that left her hospitalized.

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    "But even through the long days, and the hospitalization, I still didn’t give up. I continued to breastfeed through the pain, and pushed through."

    But Tia wanted to emphasize that breastfeeding isn't the only way to keep your child nourished. Speaking from firsthand experience about her challenges, she wanted to make mothers and future moms-to-be know that formula is still a fine alternative.

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    "And if you are struggling with breastfeeding, I want you to know that it is more than okay to feed your children formula. As long as your children are fed, loved, happy, and supported, that’s all that matters."

    Closeup of Tia Mowry

    Spreading awareness and positivity all at the same time! To read more of Tia's story, be sure to check out her full Instagram caption.

    Did you have a support system while you were breastfeeding? Or did you learn a tip or trick along the way? Share it in the comments — who knows who it might help!