Ashley Graham Stopped Breastfeeding Her Twins After 5 Months and Gave a Clever Retort to Everyone Judging Her
In the February 2023 episode of The Daily Show, model Ashley Graham honestly announced that she is no longer breastfeeding her 1-year-old twins. She switched the babies to formula at the age of 5 months and clearly stated her position on the matter.
The conversation on this topic started after the show’s host, Chelsea Handler, praised Ashley for standing up for the normalization of breastfeeding.
Previously, the model was open about breastfeeding her eldest son, Isaac. She often shared photos on her Instagram page of herself nursing the baby, inspiring her followers and receiving enthusiastic responses in the comments.
But this time, Ashley said that her babies take formula. When she had Isaac, she believed that breastfeeding was the only “right way” of feeding a child.
But the model changed her opinion with twins Roman and Malachi, born in January 2022. At some point, she thought, “I’m not doing this. This is not working here. Both of you want both of these? Like, that’s a lot of work.”
Ashley did her best to breastfeed the twins until they were 5 months old, but, at some point, she realized it was too hard. While managing to breastfeed one baby was fairly straightforward, it was a completely different story with twins. “It felt like I was feeding a nation,” she admitted.
The model even shared photos on her Instagram page of herself attempting to breastfeed both sons at the same time. However, she was honest about feeling tired.
Ashley replaced breastmilk with formula, the best one she could find in the US. The model says the babies looked quite happy with the situation, and the formula hadn’t affected their development.
The model believes that every family has the right to decide how to feed their children, no matter what anyone else thinks. The viewers of the show supported the model, and some even shared their stories. These women also eventually realized that other people often show too much interest in what someone else’s babies eat.
The news went viral online. Many women also said that mothers don’t have to be thrilled about breastfeeding and have the right to stop doing it when they see fit.
One of the users shared a similar experience and said, “Breastfeeding twins was so tough. At first, I would literally never get a break — when one finished, the other needed to latch on, and so on. I was a zombified milking machine. But even after I’d mastered tandem feeding, I struggled to produce enough milk to satisfy them both. I started mix-feeding (breast plus formula top-ups) pretty early on and then, like Ashley, gave up breast-feeding entirely around 5 months.”
Another user claimed she enjoyed breastfeeding and did it for quite a long time. But she was fully supportive of Ashley, “If I had twins, I’m sure I would’ve stopped nursing much earlier. Even with just one baby at a time, there have been times, when I am so touched out and exhausted and overstimulated that I just need my body to myself. I couldn’t imagine a whole additional baby on me.”
The fact that the model stopped breastfeeding doesn’t mean she doesn’t love her babies. On the contrary, she adores them. In January 2023, Ashley wrote a post where she told about the celebration of their first birthday.
Ashley wrote, “Happy birthday to my beautiful boys, Roman & Malachi! You two are constantly curious, utterly hilarious, and always changing. You keep me on my toes and make it totally worth it that I had to write this from the kitchen floor, covered in God knows what. I love you!”
A few days after the interview, where she talked about her decision to stop breastfeeding, Ashley posted a photo of her stomach on Instagram. The picture also sparked a lot of discussion.
Ashley showed how her stomach had changed after giving birth to three children. It had not returned to its previous state, and the skin on it could now be gathered into folds — which is exactly what the star did. This is not the first time she has shown her changing body to her fans and talked about the importance of accepting it in any condition.
“You get acne. The weight doesn’t come off... Your boobs go down to here when you’re done. I have two bras on currently. It’s life,” she said on The Daily Show.
The viewers of the show supported Ashley. They left comments under the video that made it clear that motherhood has nothing to do with the pictures in glossy magazines. In real life, a mother has every right to look however she wants, regardless of whether it pleases those around her or not.
Ashley has already faced the opinion that stretch marks obtained during pregnancy could affect her modeling career. However, in this case, she prefers to listen to her husband’s words, who sincerely believes that the stripes on her stomach resemble the tree of life.
And in order to support all the moms that are criticized for their changed bodies, Graham once posted a video of her dancing in underwear. She wrote, “Posting this video for all the mamas who haven’t and may never ‘bounce back’ and for anyone who needs to be reminded that your body is beautiful in its realest form. this is my strong, five-month-postpartum-been-pregnant-for-two-years body. As it is. In hopes to further normalize all bodies in every and any stage of life.”