Mattea Goff was not expecting her post about the reality of breastfeeding overnight to go viral, but with over 190k shares on Facebook, and 57k comments (many of which are mums tagging their partners!), her hilarious visual portrayal of her nights clearly spoke to so many mothers! By sharing these images, this post was able to reach a global audience, regardless of the native language!
Goff said, "I think it’s amazing how everyone’s culture and situation can be completely different but certain truths just penetrate all of that and in the end we’re all just moms trying to do the best we can for our families. It’s beautiful.
"I think most get it, whether you're exclusively breastfeeding or bottle feeding and everything in between," she said. "The majority of this stuff falls to moms. That's not good or bad it just is what it is! Babies need their mothers."
"So this past weekend, I was having a hard time finding the words (probably because I haven't had any sleep) to express to Kris why I'm not in the best of mood first thing in the morning. So I sat down with my coffee and drew him a visual"....
We couldn't have said it (drawn it!) better ourselves:
After the post's popularity, Goff clarified that she "really wasn't trying to vilify on person who is getting some sleep, my husband, akak Mr Useless Nipples.
"Breastfeeding exclusively was my decision, and it's something my husband supports and greatly appreciates. He's a very involved father in some many other ways. It's true that even the best of dads can step it up now and again, and I may or may not fantasize about kicking him off the bed when he is able to sleep through most midnight adventures. Being a mom is seriously hard work, but so is being a good dad and I love him and appreciate him for it.
"I think most good dads would give up their nipples if they weren't so useless. Support is really important. Dads can and do help out in so many other ways — raising a family is a team sport. And hang in there! Because believe it or not, these hard days and even harder nights will be a pleasant distant memory, and you will never look back and regret the time you put in to your little ones.
"Even when we have the most supportive and involved husbands and partners it doesn’t mean that being a mom isn’t difficult, that we don’t get tired and cranky."
That's why it's wonderful that Goff was able to make so many parents smile even about what can appear to be the 'tough' times.
We can't wait to see more from Mattea!
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