Breastfeeding is a rewarding experience that is beneficial to both mom and baby — but any nursing mother will tell you it can also be exhausting and isolating.
In their parody of th AC/DC hit "You Shook Me All Night Long," the funny ladies of MYLF (Mothers You'd Like to Friend) sing about the many facets of breastfeeding — from bonding with your baby to wishing he'd finish his late-night feeding so you can go back to sleep.
"Eating more than her share, she was pulling my hair," the women sing in the parody. "She told me, 'Let down!' But I was already there."
The ladies of MYLF also recreate the iconic chorus of the song, turning it into an ode to nighttime breastfeeding.
"Cause the milk starts makin', baby starts wakin', my nipples start achin' and you start takin' it. And you, nursed me all night long. Yeah, you, nursed me all night long."
Masha Sapron, a California mother-of-three, says she began MYLF as a comedic web series intended to dramatize and make light of the struggles new moms face, while making moms laugh and feel less alone.
"Nursed Me All Night Long" is the first parody from the group. In addition to her co-members Cat Deakins, Maggie Grove, Larissa Hahn, and Kelly Pendygraft, Sapron received help from professional singers, editors and choreographers in producing the video. And, Sapron says she reached out to a parenting Facebook group she participates in to recruit a team of breastfeeding moms who weren't shy about nursing on camera.
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Sapron says they launched the parody during World Breastfeeding Week because breastfeeding moms often struggle or feel isolated while learning to nurse their newborns.
"Latch problems, milk supply problems — it's actually not that easy for many new moms when they first bring their babies home," Sapron told TODAY Parents. "There are so many mysteries surrounding breastfeeding and it can be so hard, for the first few weeks at least, for new moms. It's invaluable to have women openly talking about it and supporting each other through that."
And, because she believes it's time for a cultural shift where women are not shamed for breastfeeding in public, Sapron was sure to include several images of babies latched to a breast in the parody.
"We know that seeing things helps desensitize those things," said Sapron. "Seeing breastfeeding helps those who are put off by breastfeeding become desensitized to it...we should not have to wear a shawl of shame over an infant when we are in public."
"Our video takes the purity of breastfeeding and juxtaposes it with an 80s song about sex and references other 80s videos that objectified women," Sapron continued. "Guess what, guys? Those hot women you want to get with so badly? Once you do, sex leads to babies and babies lead to boobs — breastfeeding boobs."
Sapron says she also hopes the parody will alleviate some of the fears new moms feel about breastfeeding, and encourage moms to find communities of support when they find themselves struggling.
"MYLF's goal has always been to make moms laugh at the hard stuff," said Sapron. "Women can be funny and sexy and be themselves — even while they are lactating. We have many, many sides, and one of them is being a mommy."
"The fact is, even if you feel like a cow all the time and even if you are exhausted from lack of sleep or are having troubles with latch or milk supply, you aren't alone. We hope other moms will watch this and laugh, knowing we get it."