Sasha Pieterse has never been one to shy away from posting revealing pictures of herself. But each time she does there is a purpose behind it. The Pretty Little Liars actress uses her platform to bring awareness to topics important to her. These include mental health and most recently the ‘challenge accepted’ campaign on Instagram. This time, Sasha is talking about something more personal, her personal struggle with lactation. Sasha has been gushing about her new little man but being a new mom has presented challenges she did not expect.
She shares, “There are still some unexpected surprises however…like my trials with breastfeeding. I always knew it was something I wanted to do if I could and it truly never crossed my mind that I might struggle with my milk supply. But I have.”
Pieterse and her husband, Hudson Sheaffer, announced on May 27th, 2020, that they were expecting their first child. Sasha wrote, “Today marks our 2nd wedding anniversary and what better way to share our joy then on the day when our lives changed forever”. The couple got engaged in December 2015 and tied the knot on May 27th, 2018. Their relationship has not been without its challenges. The happy parents were unsure if they would even be able to have a child.
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Pieterse suffers from a hormonal condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS suffer from several issues including irregular or painful periods, weight gain, and infertility. In an interview where Pieterse discussed her pregnancy, she kept saying how blessed she felt. “Just the fact that we were able to get pregnant was such a blessing because with PCOS that made me nervous. A lot of women have infertility issues and so we were expecting more difficulty, so it’s been an absolute blessing that we were able to just get pregnant by ourselves.” Sasha gained nearly seventy pounds in two years because of PCOS; which she calls the worst time of her life.
In her post announcing their pregnancy, Sasha thanked her husband for his love and constant support. “[T]hank you for making me a mom and for always being my unwavering rock and safe place”. And on November 6, 2020, Pieterse and Sheaffer welcomed their son, Hendrix Wade Sheaffer, into the world.
Her current struggle
Being a new mom poses different challenges for everyone. And everyone has a different opinion from doctors, family members, even strangers. Sasha, like many mothers, wanted to breastfeed her children, but she has low milk volume. This is a surprisingly common problem for women.
“The more I researched the more I’ve realized how common it is. I was able to go to a lactation specialist and she gave me lots of tips and supplements I could try.” Sasha added a list of the supplements that she has used that have been helpful for other mothers. She also made a point to encourage other women in similar situations. And many women have commented on her post thanking her for being open and sharing their personal struggles as well.
She says, “If for some reason you end up not being able to breastfeed or you feel like it’s not for you, remember that it doesn’t make you a bad mom. I’ve read so many articles that are mommy shaming women in both directions and it really makes me sad. At the end of the day we are all doing the best we can, and the love we give our babies is all that matters.”
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