Giving birth is an incredibly vulnerable time. Your body is exhausted and oftentimes you feel completely out of control of all that is happening.
That’s why we were especially disturbed to hear about a new mom whose mother-in-law went as far as to “manhandle” her nipples while she was breastfeeding and ultimately “milked” her, which like… there are just no words!.
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New Mom Claims Her Mother-in-Law ‘Milked’ Her
The mama shared her birth experience, including preeclampsia, hemorrhaging, and an emergency cesarean, on Reddit, in a now-deleted post.
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“It was all very traumatic and 5 months [postpartum] I am still not ok,” she explained.
“Four hours after my Dear Daughter was born, I was doing skin to skin. I was exhausted, in pain, and overwhelmed. [MIL] arrived at the hospital and tried to take DD off me four times, telling me I would spoil her by holding her too much.”
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That’s when things went from bad to worse.
“As I tried to breastfeed she marched over, taking full advantage of my drugged up state, got my nipple between her fingers and started ramming it in my daughter’s mouth. I was shocked and froze, she kept squeezing them and forcing it into her mouth.”
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The mama drama didn’t end there. The woman’s MIL returned the next day to offer a gift with a side of criticism. Your MIL isn’t seeming so bad now, is she?
“She handed me a box of chocolates and said they were for me to give to guests. She criticized the room for being too hot then too cold, the way my DD was dressed and positioned, the fact I wanted to shower, me holding DD, me supplementing with formula, and everything.”
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The exasperated daughter-in-law explains that she simply didn’t have the energy to fight back.
“Had I not been in pain, traumatized, exhausted and vulnerable I would have handled it very differently but it was hard to react at the time,” she wrote.
The Reddit community was quick to offer support, agreeing that the MIL went way too far. Which she did. For the record.
Mothers-in-law, and anyone else reading this, a general rule of thumb to follow: Don’t milk new moms or any human being!
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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