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Carly Waddell Gets Real About Breastfeeding, Posts Pic in Cabbage Leaves and Underwear

Bachelor Nation star Carly Waddell is opening up about mom life just one week after welcoming her second child with husband Evan Bass.

Posing on Instagram wearing nothing but cabbage leaves and underwear, she revealed that she recently quit breastfeeding.

Waddell wrote, “It’s been a week since Charlie was born, he is the greatest blessing and one of the greatest lessons for me as a mom. I had all these hopes and dreams that postpartum would be easier this time. But I still ache. I’m healing.”

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It’s been a week since Charlie was born, he is the greatest blessing and one of the greatest lessons for me as a mom. I had all these hopes and dreams that postpartum would be easier this time. But I still ache. I’m healing. I’m tried. Bella was such a colicky newborn. She cried and cried for months. Threw up. Had gas pains. I breastfed for months because that’s what I was told was “best”. When I changed Bella to formula, she was a new, happy little baby. This time, I had hopes that Charlie would be different. But it just isn’t the case. I decided to stop breastfeeding and try him on the same formula Bella was on, and within a bottle or two he was so happy. He stopped crying. He could relax. He could sleep. He smiled. There is such a stigma about breastfeeding. If you don’t do it, you don’t care about your children’s health. You don’t love you kids enough. You’re being selfish. You just aren’t being a good enough mom. Honestly, I know my comments will prob be full of people telling me all sorts of things I could have/should have done to make it work for us. But the one huge thing I found this time is that I made a really hard decision within myself as a mom to listen to my gut about what was best for my child. And you know what...it worked. He is soooo happy and that is all that matters. I wanted to be real and thank you guys for checking in with me on how I have been doing this week. It’s been beautiful and painful at times. Thank you for all y’alls love and congratulations. It means SO much to me 😊 #cabbageleavesforthewin

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She revealed that her 1-year-old daughter Bella was a colicky newborn, but the baby felt better when she switched her to formula.

Carly added, “This time, I had hopes that Charlie would be different. But it just isn’t the case. I decided to stop breastfeeding and try him on the same formula Bella was on, and within a bottle or two he was so happy. He stopped crying. He could relax. He could sleep. He smiled.”

The “Bachelor in Paradise” alum continued, “There is such a stigma about breastfeeding,” adding that mom shamers will say, “If you don’t do it, you don’t care about your children’s health. You don’t love your kids enough. You’re being selfish. You aren’t being a good enough mom.”

She decided to ignore all that and “listen to my gut about what was best for my child. And you know what...it worked. He is soooo happy and that is all that matters.”

Carly added, “It’s been beautiful and painful at times. Thank you for all y’alls love and congratulations. It means SO much to me 😊 #cabbageleavesforthewin.”

According to Summit Medical Group, “Some breastfeeding experts recommend using cool cabbage leaves to treat painful breast engorgement. Many women who have tried cabbage leaves claim the treatment brings relief from discomfort.”

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