The words "embarrassing" and "motherhood" seem to be synonymous which, you know, sucks. When my daughter was born I had a crash course in humiliating, mortifying, and unbearably awkward moments. Most happened before I even left the hospital, you guys. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse, I learned I had undersupply and wouldn't be able to breastfeed exclusively. You really can't prepare yourself for the embarrassing breastfeeding moments you can blame on undersupply, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. At least you'll get to read my ridiculous stories that, if nothing else, are entertaining, right?
Of course, and to no one's surprise, breastfeeding in public is usually the catalyst for a healthy dose of humility. I've had someone tell me to cover up, only to have someone else ask me why I'm feeding my baby "poison" when I supplemented with a bottle. I was also forced to endure people not believing me when I told them I had undersupply. These folks would patronizingly share tips and statistics with me, like I was an idiot who didn't know what was coming out of my breasts.
I loved combo-feeding my kids both breast milk and formula. At times it was absolutely the "best of both worlds." At other times, however, it felt impossible to bypass embarrassing moments while breastfeeding, pumping, and formula-feeding, sometimes all on the same day. I also had to endure comments from breastfeeding moms about formula, and comments from formula-feeding moms about breastfeeding. Why can't people leave moms alone about how they feed their damn kids?
With that in mind, here are my worst, funniest, and most embarrassing breastfeeding moments that I knew I could blame on undersupply. The struggle is real.