Serena Williams is a superstar on the tennis courts, but she still needs a little extra advice when it comes to motherhood: She posted on Twitter this week to ask fellow mamas what their breastfeeding timeline was—because even the thought of weaning her little one was already giving her a flood of emotions.
“How long did you breastfeed? Is it weird that I get emotional when I even just think about when it’s time to stop?” she asked. With nearly 2,000 responses, Twitter mamas were quick to share support and advice.
The overall consensus? It’s up to her and baby. And that emotional rollercoaster she’s feeling? Completely normal.
When you consider the changes that come with motherhood, the thought of having to go back to work (yes, even to play tennis) and the deep bond mamas and babies can have through breastfeeding, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed.
A lot of people could relate to the struggle...
2.5 YEARS But you do what works for you and your little one! I thought mine would never be ready and then one day, he was.— Justine Heilner (@cozyroyale) December 6, 2017
Itâs completely normal. The hormones associated with feeding are very powerful. I had to go through a grieving process when I stopped feeding my youngest. It was a forced decision to my own ill health.— Rachel Coy (@d2148j) December 8, 2017
Even as a dad, I recall feeling really bad when we started to wean off our babies from their mom. It is an incredibly emotional time.— madhu_ (@madhu_) December 6, 2017
And in an age where mommy-shaming has unfortunately become commonplace, it was refreshing to see so much love and support from moms across the world.
Many even shared their experiences with being shamed and judged by others based on their feeding choices and timelines, but reassured Williams that she will make the right (and best) decision for baby.
Oh, and a few reminders to savor the moment while she can!
Almost 4 yrs. and really had to hide it, from the world. But World Health Org says up to 5-6 is healthy, plus my daughter didnât want to stop. Sheâs my only, best decision. Sheâs healthy, grounded, smart & happy— Mara McEwin (@maramcewin) December 7, 2017
I just stopped at 5.5 months because my supply diminished. Itâs extremely emotional! I definitely cried our last time! Soak it in while you can! Youâll both be alright! Good luck mama!! ð— Holly Miller (@hollydavis28) December 8, 2017
I know. Everyone is different. I feel so fortunate to have had a career (fitness pro) that allowed me to care for my son according to his needs. My son is now a well-adjusted, independent, audio engineer and artist! #childrenfirst— Doctor Jo (@jojeegirl) December 6, 2017
Hopefully Williams had a helpful takeaway from the discussion. For the rest of us, the lesson is this: Celebrities cherish their villages, too—even if those are found through social media.