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When Amy Schumer became a mom in 2019, we were so happy for her. When she posted photos of herself pumping before going to work, we cheered her on because we know how hard it can be.

And now that she is going public about her struggles with breastfeeding and exclusive pumping, we are thankful that she's sharing her story.

In an interview for the Informed Pregnancy podcast, Schumer told prenatal chiropractor, childbirth educator and labor doula Dr. Elliot Berlin about why she chose to stop pumping and switch to formula.

"I had a lactation expert; he [baby Gene] didn't latch, and I just didn't feel that push to make that happen. I pumped for the first month or something and then I was like, not for me, this is not for me, I didn't want to do it," she tells Dr. Berlin.

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Over time, she reduced her pumping sessions, increased formula feeds and eventually switched to formula completely.

"I really encourage women -- there's so much pressure to breastfeed but really, it's all in your head," Schumer says in the interview, "Some people absolutely love it and I'm so happy for them but it was bumming me out. Once it occurred to me that I could stop, I was like, 'I'm going stop.'"

Schumer is right. A recent commentary in the journal Nursing for Women's Health explains that "[p]sychological pressure to exclusively breastfeed has the potential to contribute to postpartum depression symptoms in new mothers who are unable to achieve their breastfeeding intentions."

Schumer was "bummed out" and research shows that mothers who have negative breastfeeding experiences are more likely to show symptoms of depression.

Breastmilk is recommended as the first choice when feeding an infant, but it is not the only choice. It's okay if you chose to feed your baby in a way that works for you.

While the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, the ACOG also officially recognizes that a baby's mother "is uniquely qualified to decide whether exclusive breastfeeding, mixed feeding or formula feeding is optimal for her and her infant."

When she switched her son to formula Schumer felt better, and the baby thrived. Schumer wants other women to know this.

Her advice for fellow moms struggling with their decision to supplement or formula feed is simple: "You matter. It's going to better for your baby that you're OK."

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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