Ashley Graham is one of the most famous models and public figures. After becoming the first ever plus-size model, she made it her mission to spread the message of body positivity. And since Graham keeps it real in every aspect of her life, she’s also made no sᴇᴄʀᴇᴛ of her entire ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, showing what being a mom really takes. Ashley Graham is the mother of a boy and a pair of twins. She is emphatic in her message that every mother has the right to choose whether ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ is right for her, regardless of society’s expectations.
When Ashley Graham welcomed her twin boys, Malachi and Roman, in January 2022, she decided to ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅ. And that’s exactly what she did for five months. Then she stopped, a decision she recently decided to explain, even though she obviously doesn’t have to defend her decision to anyone. Like, really anyone.
In a recent interview, Graham was candid about the aftermath of ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ that every woman goes through but doesn’t share. The model said she also considered keeping some things to herself. For example, “how your body changes when you’re ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ, and the sᴛʀᴇᴛᴄʜ ᴍᴀʀᴋs and the ʟᴏᴏsᴇ sᴋɪɴ, the formula, the ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ,” she shares. Graham also adds the factor of how people tell you to feed your child.
Ashley also shared about her experience with ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ: “With my first child, I was like, ‘I can only ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅ! This is the right way!” Graham said: “Then I had the twins, and I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that. This isn’t working. Do you want both? It’s a lot of work. So, I stopped ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ when they were 5 months old and gave them the best formula I could. I was able to find… And these little guys are so strong and so happy.”
The pressure on moms to ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛꜰᴇᴇᴅ even when it doesn’t work for them is still a lot to deal with, which is why it’s so important for high profile moms like Graham to speak out about their decision to stop. Her babies are strong and happy and fed. That’s what’s best.