Mandy Moore has shared a video showing her breastfeeding experience with her son Gus, 17 months, as she urged new parents to have patience with the process. The This Is Us star, 38, gave birth to her first child in February of last year, with her husband Taylor Goldsmith and is currently pregnant with their second.
‘It’s a process and we’re always making mistakes (sometimes physically painful ones!). ‘#dearnewparents please have grace for yourself and your baby during those early days. I wish I had done a little more of that.
She described the process of feeding her son as ‘equal parts elation and exhaustion’, and sometimes ‘painful’. Alongside a slew of snaps of her breastfeeding, to John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), she wrote: ‘Nourishing my baby was equal parts elation and exhaustion.
‘I’m joining @byheart in challenging you all to share your stories to the next generation of parents.’ One hilarious shot showed the actress in full makeup to appear as the older version of her character in This Is Us, while feeding her son.
She told TODAY Parents she has an autoimmune disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), that prevents her from receiving an epidural to numb the pain during childbirth.
The video comes after Mandy revealed she is planning on a drug free delivery when she has her second son in a few months, not by choice, but because of a medical necessity.
‘My platelets are too low for an epidural,’ the actress told TODAY Parents in an interview earlier this month. The Only Hope singer revealed she gave birth to Gus, without pain relief and described the experience as ‘awful.’
‘But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again.’ she asserted. ‘I wish medication was an option — just the idea of it being on the table is so nice. But we’ll just push forth like we did last time.’
According to the Mayo Clinic, ITP occurs when the immune system ‘attacks and destroys platelets.’ If not taken seriously during pregnancy, it could lead to a ‘greater risk of heavy bleeding during delivery.’ The Tangled actress revealed in June that she and her husband, Taylor, 36, were expecting a new little one in October.
The couple have been married since 2018. Last month, the singer and songwriter announced she would cancel the rest of her In Real Life Tour.
‘When we booked these shows, I wasn’t pregnant,’ she explained via Instagram, ‘ And although I truly thought I could power through, the way we are traveling (long hours on the bus and not getting proper rest) has caught up, taken its toll, and made it feel too challenging to proceed.’
‘I know that I have to put my family and my health (and the health of my baby) first and the best place for me to be right now is at home.’
According to statement on social media, she assured those who held tickets from cancelled shows would get a full refund and is donating proceeds from the sales of any leftover merchandise to Everytown for Gun Safety.