Hilary Duff Explains Why She Stopped Breastfeeding Her 6-Month-Old Daughter

2019 Tribeca Film Festival

2019 Tribeca Film Festival

Hilary Duff is getting real about breastfeeding.

On Tuesday (May 7), the Younger star and full-time mommy opened up about her decision to stop nursing her 6-month-old daughter Banks in a candid Instagram post. In it, the 31-year-old explains her biggest reasons for putting down the pump had mostly to do with the demands of filming as an actress.

"Last week was my last week nursing Banks (my six month old). I am a working mom of two. My goal was to get my little girl to six months and then decide if I (and her of course) wanted to keep going," Duff began.

"Let me tell you. Pumping at work sucks. I had zero down time and am usually pumping in a hair and make up trailer while four hands work to get me ready for the next scene with lots of other people around," she continued. "Even if I had the luxury to be in my own room, it’s not even considered a 'break' because you have to sit upright for the milk to flow into the bottles!"

Duff also despises the annoying sound the breast pump machine makes and the issue of finding a place to sterilize bottles and keep her milk cold. Despite the drawbacks to breastfeeding at work, the singer's enjoyed the bonding experience it's afforded her and her daughter.

"I know many women are not able to and for that I am sympathetic and very grateful that I could," she added. "For six wonderful months. But I needed a break. I was going to break."

In response, Duff received a wave of support from her fans, including comments new mom, YouTube star Colleen Ballinger, who applauded, "THIS THIS THIS! this is so important for moms to hear! thank you!!!"

Duff is the mother of two children, including 7-year-old son Luca, from her previous marriage with NHL star Mike Comrie. She and her boyfriend, singer Matthew Koma, welcomed their daughter in October 2018.

Read Hilary Duff's full note below.

Photo: Getty Images

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