I’ve spent a lot of hours breastfeeding—with nursing sessions occurring everywhere from the side of mountains to the middle of museums to (mostly) the comfy glider in the nursery.

But never have I ever looked quite as glamorous as Heidi Montag, who recently posed for a beautiful breastfeeding portrait with 4-month-old Gunner and their four pups. (Not pictured is hubby Spencer Pratt.)

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As unrealistic as the glamorous photo is to my current life situation, I couldn’t relate more to the message Montag shared in the caption:

“I love, support, and appreciate women more than I ever have before. The strength and heart it takes every day. It has been more rewarding than I could have dreamed. God truly had made women to be extraordinary.”

It’s true. When you become a parent, it’s as if you suddenly view all other parents in a whole new light…

The mama in aisle seven with a screaming toddler is doing the best she can.

The dad crying along with his baby during a first round of vaccinations really does feel that pain.

And our own parents? Oh boy, is it even possible to apologize enough for all the times we took them for granted?!

The new appreciation that parenthood gives you for all the other mothers and fathers really is incredible. As Montag adds, “My angel has taken me to a completely new and powerful experience. More love than I could have possibly imagined!”

And Montag touches upon what ALL parents need.

As Montag also said in a recent post, “I think you can never truly prepare for this experience. Everything you think you know goes out of the window… what you really need is support. I’ve never relied on, or needed other women’s help more.”

So don’t just keep that appreciation for fellow parents to yourself. Tell the mom in the grocery store she’s doing a great job, comfort the dad and tell your parents thanks.

Feeling support from others really can make all the difference. ❤️