Mom's Drawings Nail The Challenges Of Breastfeeding

Mom’s Drawings Perfectly Capture The Sweet Yet Challenging Parts Of Breastfeeding

Mom’s gorgeous drawings show what breastfeeding is really like

Like many new moms, breastfeeding didn’t quite live up to Joy Hwang’s rosy expectations. “I’ve always imagined a life of mommy to be dreamy. Like those baby product commercials, sweetly interacting with a chubby little baby filled with happiness and a smile,” the mom to 18-month-old daughter Auri tells Scary Mommy. “No one was puking, crying or screaming at a glass-shattering decibel in dangerously close range. I failed to learn about all that until she was already in my arms. It was beautiful and brutal, with a little bit of sweetness and loneliness in between.”

Hwang decided to take those feelings and translate them into art. Her Instagram account, Mom is Drawing is filled with her beautiful artwork showing parenthood, and breastfeeding in particular, in all its messy but loving forms.

This drawing is for my fellow mamas who power through the day at work with love and commitment for their families. Even that's being away from your new baby for hours stretch throughout the day / sometimes for days and weeks, but we never stop thinking about them. Not even for a moment. Because our hearts are connected to our babies, and our bodies reminds us to bring love food home. Thinking about you amazing mamas. Sending you so much love. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— . . . . . . . . . #workingmom #pumpingmom #exclusivelypumping #ebf #brelfie #lifewithbaby #normalizebreastfeeding #nursingmom #freethenipple #motherhood #mumlife #momcode #mommyblogger #parenthood #longestshortesttime #illustration #pumpingmama #sketchvideo #momisdrawing #breastpumpingart #breastfeedingart #μœ‘μ•„μΌκΈ° #μœ‘μ•„μ†Œν†΅ #instamama #instamom #ocmom #motherhoodthroughinstagram #carveouttimeforart #stopcensoringmotherhood

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This one makes pumping look almost magical.

Cookies and milk is a classic snack time combination.

Pumping breast milk have been a very emotional experience for me. Being the soul source of nourishment for my baby is a lot to take on physically and mentally… This drawing is for you mamas who pump! Somedays are better than others. I've never felt such high and low until I pumped. But we always give all we've got, and this is everything I have!!! . . . . . . . . . . . #lifewithbaby #parenthood #motherhood #momlife #baby #drawing #illustration #breastmilk #breastpump #breastpumping #ftm #sketchbook #nursingmom #breastfeeding #breastfeedinginpublic #nursingbaby #normalizebreastfeeding #longestshortesttime #momisdrawing #instamom #instababy #μ•„κΈ°μŠ€νƒ€κ·Έλž¨ #μΈμŠ€νƒ€λ² μ΄λΉ„ #μ‹ μƒμ•„κ·Έλž¨ #λ§˜μŠ€νƒ€κ·Έλž¨ #μœ‘μ•„μΌκΈ° #μœ‘μ•„μ†Œν†΅ #μ•„μ€Œλ§ˆκ·Έλž¨ #mommyandme #lactation

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10 oz or 1, moms literally pour everything they have into every pumping session.

When your baby treats a nursing session like a Pilates class.

Those times when nursing is quiet and calm.

There’s no days off when you’re a mom, even when you’re sick.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s helping who fall asleep.

Multitasking at its best.

Privacy is a myth when you’re a nursing a toddler.

A breastfeeding mom’s favorite song.

This is Julia! She's an awesome mama with a little baby girl. She sent me a hello, and asked about my project from 3000 miles away while she was pumping at work! Actually most of our conversation happened during her pump. I was so enamored by her baby love and work ethic, so I sent this hello back! I'm so happy to hear that her baby will look back on this drawing one day and feel how much she is loved. πŸ’› All you pump at work mamas out there, keep up your great work! πŸ’—πŸ‘ΆπŸ’— . . . . . . . . . . #workingmom #pumpingmom #pumpatwork #fitpregnancy #brelfie #lifewithbaby #normalizebreastfeeding #nursingmom #freethenipple #motherhood #mumlife #momcode #mommyblogger #parenthood #longestshortesttime #illustration #pumpingmama #sketchvideo #momisdrawing #breastpumpingart #breastfeedingart #μœ‘μ•„μΌκΈ° #μœ‘μ•„μ†Œν†΅ #instamama #instamom #ocmom #motherhoodthroughinstagram #carveouttimeforart

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When pumping becomes a normal part of your routine.

Our cuddle nursing is becoming more action packed! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ΆπŸ’• I still have all the squishy soft pudginess from the 9month of production and stress eating that followed πŸ˜† But my baby doesn't mind, and my husband doesn't mind (so he says πŸ€”) This morning I want to send out little thanks to my postpartum bffs like my @Spanx by @sarablakely that works tirelessly to hold my jiggles together, and super cute pumping/nursing bra from @the_dairyfairy makes my boobs feel like Beyonce πŸ’– and soft baby PJ by @burtsbeesus that my baby loves to roll in.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nursingmom #nursingtoddler #postpartum #postpartumclothes #brelfie #normalizebreastfeeding #freethenipple #motherhood #mumlife #mommyblogger #parenthood #momcomic #illustrator #illustration #pumpingmama #pencildrawing #socal #momisdrawing #μ•„κΈ°μŠ€νƒ€κ·Έλž¨ #instababy #μœ‘μ•„μΌκΈ° #μœ‘μ•„μ†Œν†΅ #momlife #mommyandme #instamama #instamom #motherhoodthroughinstagram #parentinglikewhoa #aheadofthecurve #stopcensoringmotherhood

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Your baby loves your postpartum body — even when they’re flailing into it.

Hwang hopes her art resonates with other new parents and nursing moms. “I’ve turned to my sketchbook and started the “Mom is Drawing” project as my love letter to parents everywhere to celebrate and honor these new challenges small or big, from nursing, pumping, all the way to that first time when the baby slept a full stretch through the night.”