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From mama's supply to the baby's ability to latch, there are multiple factors at play that can affect breastfeeding. But as Tia Mowry goes to prove in a new caption on Instagram, the overall experience of breastfeeding can vary from baby to baby—which is why she says other mamas who may have struggled should remain hopeful if they want to attempt to breastfeed again.

"Coming up for air. Boobs glorious boobs," says Mowry, who welcomed her second baby on May 5. "Feeling pretty good! Wasn't able to breastfeed Cree for long because of low milk supply! However, this time around I have plenty."

Rather than thinking about individual women's breast milk supply fates being sealed for them, lactation consultant Betty Greenman tells Yahoo! News it's highly likely that a mom who struggled with one baby can have success in breastfeeding another.

"Every baby is different as mom begins her breastfeeding journey," Greenman says. "The second time around, mom has gained lots of confidence, knows what can help with milk production, such as a warm compress before breastfeeding or power pumping to help her milk production."

In her case, Mowry credits "lots of teas, water, #fenugreek, and a high protein diet" with boosting her supply. Researchers, on the other hand, are unconvinced that fenugreek is a truly effective galactagogue or even that fluids do much to increase the production of breastmilk.

Greenman does say there is a benefit to foods that are intended to help with lactation, however. "There's a huge placebo effect in breastfeeding. If you think it's going to work, and you convinced your body it's going to work, it just may work because your stress level will decrease, causing your adrenaline level to go down."

Mowry also credits her effort to "say no to stress" with her success this time around, saying, "I'm able to pump 12 ounces alone in the morning for my little brown suga."

While so much is said (for honorable reasons) about how we increase breastfeeding rates, it also beneficial when we help moms take pressure off themselves about how they chose to feed their babies. Instead, helping moms feel empowered and knowledgeable about options—as well as optimistic when "trying again"—does so much more good than making anyone feel bad if breastfeeding doesn't go as they may have hoped.


As Mowry goes to show, each baby is a new opportunity to rewrite your breastfeeding experience.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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