Anyone who's breastfed will tell you that breast milk is basically magic. Not only does it feed a hungry baby, it does so with just the right blend of fat and fluids as well as some beneficial antibodies. So it's no surprise that Chrissy Teigen would go to extreme lengths to save every last drop of hers.
On Wednesday, Teigen shared two videos in which she and a friend use a syringe, a turkey baster, and what looks like a shoehorn or some kind of spatula in a (mostly futile) attempt to salvage a small amount of breast milk that spilled out of her breast pump bottle.
"Spilled my breast milk, and this is how important it is in this house," Teigen says in one of the videos.
"I am so jealous of people with plentiful boobies," she captioned one clip on Twitter, writing alongside the other, "EVERY DROP COUNTS IN THIS HOUSE."
The replies to Teigen's tweets were a rare space of almost nothing but positive and supportive internet comments.
Since Teigen posted the silly but all-too-real clips online, many of her fellow moms have shared their own stories of doing whatever is necessary to save even the tiniest amount of spilled breast milk.
Some, like Teigen, have turned to syringes to recover the milk, while several others wrote about soaking it up with paper towels and wringing them out into a bottle. And all of them seemed to agree that it actually is OK to cry over spilled milk when it comes to that "liquid gold."
Teigen often publicly (and hilariously) shares the big and little ups and downs of breastfeeding, all of which helps normalize it.
Earlier this month, Teigen posted a photo on Instagram of herself breastfeeding her second child, Miles, on one breast and Luna's doll on her other. "Luna making me feed her babydoll so I guess I have twins now," she captioned the photo.
Last month, Teign's husband John Legend shared a photo of her pumping in the backseat of a car. And back in May, just a few days after giving birth to Miles, Teigen posted a photo of herself on Instagram holding him while wearing postpartum mesh underwear.
All of this helps everyone understand more about the realities of giving birth, breastfeeding, and simply living your life in the so-called "fourth trimester."