Ronda Rousey wants to normalize breastfeeding and all that goes into new parenthood. It’s not something to hide or be ashamed of, she shared in an intimate Instagram post. Instead, it’s “something to brag about,” Rousey wrote.
Rousey and her husband, fellow mixed martial artist Travis Browne, announced the birth of their daughter on September 27, 2021. Browne also has two sons, Keawe and Kaleo.
This week, Rousey shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her new daughter, La’akea Makalapuaokalanipō (Pō). “Our boys asked me the other day how I’m gunna feed Pō on the plane when we take her with us to Hawaii. And I was like ‘uhhh, same way I always do,’” Rousey began the caption. “Then it occurred to me that they probably never seen anyone breastfeed before and weren’t sure if it was appropriate in public.”
She continued, “Motherhood’s some badass, primal, beautiful shit that shouldn’t be hidden. It still blows my mind that my body assembled this little person, pushed her out and now makes everything she needs to thrive🤯 It’s really nothing to be ashamed of, it’s something to brag about.” Rousey then ended her post with the hashtags #normalizebreastfeeding and #proudmama.
Breastfeeding is a totally normal, natural bodily process for both a new parent and their baby. Of course, it’s not something that’s right for everyone. But it’s also not something that anyone should feel like they need to hide or be ashamed of, as Rousey explained. Breastfeeding in public, however, can be tricky to navigate because there are so few designated spaces to do so comfortably. But statements like Rousey’s make it clear that breastfeeding is a perfectly normal thing to happen—and whether that’s at home, in public, or on a flight shouldn’t make a difference.
In fact, Rousey is learning to embrace all facets of being a new mom, including the inevitable challenges. “After Pō’s roughest night since we brought her home (she was up feeding every hour all night) @travisbrownemma (aka best husband/dad ever🥰😍)made use of our stored up milk stash so I could take a 5 hour afternoon nap,” she wrote alongside an Instagram photo of herself, Browne, and Pō this week. “I emerged a new woman ready to take on another sleepless night.”