This photo that new mom Erica Andrews posted on Facebook of herself breastfeeding her 24-hour-old baby is going viral for its refreshingly frank—and still very beautiful—look at new motherhood.
Andrews recently posted the photo to the Facebook page of Sakura Bloom, a company that makes breastfeeding slings, and quickly garnered more than 75,000 likes and 19,000 shares. And not just because she’s wearing an adult diaper.
Here’s the caption Andrews wrote beneath her Fiona Apple-like prose:
This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow. My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday’s travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. I feel like I’m on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief. 23 hours ago I held life within and 24 hours ago I surged and transformed allowing life to flow through me, into my waiting hands. The emptiness in my womb brings a heavy feeling crashing into reality but then this new little life whimpers, searching for the breast with soft rooting, and I feel whole again. I am still processing the beautiful transition my whole family has traveled through and I am in complete awe of our strength as humans, women, and mothers. This time is simply unlike any other.
Seriously, though, those adult diapers are more flattering than one would think.
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