Hilary Duff got real about breastfeeding as a working mom in an emotional and deeply personal Instagram post.

The actress and mother of Luca Cruz Comrie and Banks Violet Bair said it was hard and heartbreaking when she decided to stop breastfeeding.

In an in-depth announcement, she shared with millions of followers how she came to the difficult decision and described the emotional toll of struggling to pump and balance her career.

Duff revealed she’s done nursing Banks at six months after reaching the goal she set for herself previously.

The 31-year-old, who has always been candid about her motherhood challenges, said she tried to stick it out for as long as possible, but with her busy schedule, pumping at work just isn’t feasible anymore.

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THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES Just a few thoughts that I wanted to share on Breast-feeding. 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. 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. 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! Plus you are having your damn nipples tugged at by an aggressive machine that makes an annoying sound, that echoes through your head day and night (I swear that machine and I had many conversations at midnight and 3 am)! Ttttthen having to find someplace to sterilize bottles and keep your milk cold (ok I’m done with that rant lol)! Anyway, I didn’t know this because with Luca I didn’t work until he was about nine months old, so I didn’t pump very often. Your milk supply drastically drops when you stop feeding as often and lose the actual contact and connection with your baby (?). So I was eating all the feunugreek goats butt blessed thistle fennel cookies/drops/shakes/pills I could get my hands on! It was maddening. (Does fenugreek make anyone else smell like maple syrup and rubber gloves?…not chill) With all of this complaining, I want to say I enjoyed (almost) every moment of feeding my daughter. Felt so lucky to be so close to her and give her that start. I know many women are not able to and for that I am sympathetic and very grateful that I could. For six wonderful months. But I needed a break. I was going to break. With the stress of a dropping milk supply and a baby that was getting bored or not caring about nursing when I was available to. I was sad and frustrated and feeling like a failure all of the time. When really I’m a bad ass rock star. Moms get high on feeling like superwoman…because we are! Doing too much, because we can! KEEP READING in the comments below ??♥️

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The actress opened up about her frustrations and wrote:

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. Let me tell you. Pumping at work sucks. I had zero down time and [I] 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.

Duff continued:

With all of this complaining, I want to say I enjoyed (almost) every moment of feeding my daughter. Felt so lucky to be so close to her and give her that start. I know many women are not able to and for that I am sympathetic and very grateful that I could. For six wonderful months. But I needed a break. I was going to break.

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Coming home to this squish ???

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The singer explained that it was difficult to breastfeed in the workplace. And while the star acknowledged the joys of feeding her baby, she also said she struggled with her milk supply dropping as a result of having less frequent contact with her daughter because of work.

However, when mom guilt kicked in, Duff decided to share the experience with other parents. She wrote:

I wanted to share this because deciding to stop BFing was so emotional and hard. I thought about it ALL day everyday. It was a constant loop in my head. Weighing the pros and cons […] I cried many times and felt so depressed while weening …

Duff continued:

Whether you are pre or postpartum. Or just a busy mom, You are a ?‍♀️ everyday for all that you do. Always putting yourself last and running a mile a minute… Love you all and hope this helps anyone struggling!

See you nursing bras until next time!

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Friday happy

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), after six months, it’s best for mothers to discontinue breastfeeding while introducing other foods for nutritional reasons.

But ultimately, when to stop breastfeeding is a personal choice.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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