Pregnancy & Birth

Holy bazookas! Rebecca Judd reveals the truth behind breastfeeding and we can't look away

''I looked like Dolly Parton on steroids!''

By Bettina Tyrrell
Mother-of-four Rebecca Judd has launched a new book called The Baby Bible which features candid stories and images from her pregnancies, including one particularly raw photo we just can't look away from.
Revealing the true impact her first pregnancy had on her body, Bec told, "I looked ridiculous ... like Dolly Parton on steroids. I was skinny arms and legs and bazookas out to here."

Bec was discussing her breasts, which after the birth of her first son Oscar became large, painful and 'as hard as concrete'.
"I was a blubbering mess for two days with these bloody boobs. To touch them was like touching a wall. They were rock hard. It was awful. They were boiling hot. Burning hot."
"They were so hard and it was really difficult to breastfeed because you have to nuzzle in to the boob to latch on to the nipple. But because they were rock hard it was almost like he couldn't get on properly and it was really difficult."
Not that anyone wouldn't believe her, Bec decided to include a picture of her solid and yes, massive, breasts in The Baby Bible with the caption: "Those boobs!".
Many women would be able to relate to Bec's post-pregnancy boobs! Image: The Baby Bible.
In her book, Bec not only details her painful journey with 'those boobs,' she also outlines all the things she wished she had known about breastfeeding before she became a mother, such as how hard it can be to breastfeed.
In her new book, Bec leans on her experience as a mother after three pregnancies and fourth children.
Another misconception Bec wants to talk about is the notion of immediate, infinite bond between mother and baby.
"It was a shock," Bec revealed in an interview with The Australian Women's Weekly.
"You hear when this baby comes out and it's all tears and it's almost like you can hear this magical music playing, and it wasn't like that. I was in shock.
"The obstetrician was saying, 'Take you baby', and it dawned on me with a thud: he's your responsibility."
It didn't take long for her love for Oscar to fill her heart, yet Bec still wants to address this misconception.
"When it came, it was overwhelming and amazing," she said.
"People don't say that, and I want mums to know that if it's not immediate, don't worry, it will come."