Chrissy Teigen continues her quest to open up and help other moms. The 35-year-old model and cookbook author took to Twitter over the weekend to share a thread on formula feeding babies, sharing her own journey with her two sons, Luna, 4, and Miles, 2.
“Okay, I’m going to say something and everyone will definitely make it happen, but here it goes: normalize the formula,” Teigen tweeted on Sunday. “Normalizing breastfeeding is a huge and wonderful thing. But I felt a lot more embarrassed to have to use formula due to lack of milk due to depression and other things.”
Teigen has been candid in the past about her struggles with postpartum depression following the birth of Luna in 2016. In the thread, she also pointed out a few other reasons why new moms may have a hard time breastfeeding, including using a surrogate mother. .
“All you hear as an anxious new mom is how better the breast is,” she wrote.
Teigen clarified that she was not against breastfeeding, but that she wanted new moms to know that their babies would be “BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT, AND GOOD” anyway.
“I remember pumping my A ** OFF, highest mode, so often, because I didn’t trust the milk to get into their mouths if they were breastfeeding,” Teigen wrote of her own experience. “It drove me crazy to the point that I could only get one ounce. One ounce!”
Teigen, who has been outspoken about battling depression after the loss of her third child in September, noted that she was posting in an effort to make other mothers feel better about her decision to formula feed.
“The stress, combined with the guilt that you can’t do the most natural thing in nature for your own baby, is too much,” she wrote. “I don’t know why this is my crusade now. I just remember the sadness I felt and I want you to know that you are doing fine if you feed your baby, Mom.”
The post was greeted with many followers thanking Teigen for working to standardize the use of the formula and sharing his own stories.
Olivia Wilde replied to a tweet, “Amen Sister”, with a fist emoji. Actress Casey Wilson wrote, “Thank you for this. Really,” with a blue heart emoji.
Jenna Dewan reposted the thread, writing: “A great thread for the mother … I too had trouble producing milk a second time with Callum and wasted too much time feeling unnecessary anxiety and guilt over it.
ET recently spoke with Teigen’s husband, John Legend, about the uplifting messages he received following the loss of the couple’s third child. Check out the exclusive interview below.