Being a mom is not an easy job. It's even harder when you have strangers judging your every move from how you dress your child, to discipline and feeding schedules. This Florida mom quickly learned that loving and caring for her baby wouldn't be as easy as she had once hoped.
Annie Muscato is the mom to a baby girl named Ellie Jo. When she was pregnant she and her husband took the 4-hour breast feeding class to help prepare them for life with a newborn.
When her baby girl entered the world they did skin to skin and she breastfed her within an hour of her birth, because that was something that was important to her.
She believed in the "breast is best" philosophy and met with multiple lactation consultants, pushing through the struggle knowing that it would get better.
But it didn't get better.
"I know that my baby began screaming after she ate. Writhing in pain. Inconsolable," she wrote in her Facebook post.
That didn't cause her to give up her breastfeeding dream.
"I know over the last month and a half I have exclusively pumped and tried slow flow bottles of breast milk, I have tried different positions, I have seen another lactation consultant.
I know I have held my child, my baby, while she screamed for hours- one day for eight hours straight.
I know we have been to see the pediatrician at least twice a week since she has been born.
I know that I tried cutting soy, and dairy, and leafy greens from my diet to make my milk more digestible for her.
I have pumped- and I'm still pumping- enough to have hundreds of ounces of breast milk in my freezer even though she will likely never be able to eat it."
That's when a stranger at Target made a comment that really touched on a nerve for the new mom.