Pink has always been one of our superhero mamas, but the latest picture she posted on Instagram has us applauding as she shows the reality of a mama who breast-pumps.
Contrary to popular belief, pumping milk is not easy and often can be painful and stress-inducing. Rockstar mama Pink has always been honest about her mothering journey, and continues to be so as she recently shared a breast pumping selfie.
Along with the image, she wrote, “When you’re almost done pumping and you know what’s next.”
Yes, mamas who have pumped know…and shared in many encouraging and supportive posts for the singer.
Pink also hit reality by showing alcohol in the selfie, leading to some controversy about whether drinking while being a breastfeeding mama is safe (or even morally okay). Experts say that once alcohol enters the breast milk, it doesn’t stay for days as has been thought. In fact, alcohol leaves breast milk at the same rate it leaves your bloodstream, which is about two to three hours after consumed. Once milk is pumped, it’s believed to be safe for mama to have moderate amounts of alcohol.
Pink breaks stereotypes all the time, and in this, she is showing the dreaded pump and dump is not necessary.
Breast-pumping, breastfeeding, and everything else that comes with parenting is stressful. And although drinking is no way to deal with the stress, you’re allowed to treat yourself to a glass if you’re responsible.
Cheers to Pink and all the moms out there!