Serena Williams Jokes About Her New ‘Fragrance’ & All Moms Have Been There

At some point in every mom’s journey into motherhood, there comes a time when you open your bleary eyes and realize that sour milk you’ve been smelling for days is actually coming from … you. That’s right, you’ve been so busy taking care of a newborn that you don’t have time to change every time your breasts leak or the baby spits up, and over time, you develop a distinct, eau de milk musk. Serena Williams is going through that right now, and her latest Tweet is so relatable.

“My new fragrance is ‘old spoiled milk’. #momlife” the retired tennis champion wrote on Twitter today. Lovely, right? But it’s inevitable when you have a newborn at home! Williams, who recently welcomed baby Adira with husband Alexis Ohanian, is just keeping it real.

“Wear it with pride, momma! 🥰” one person commented. Another wisely said, “And I’m sure it’s your favorite fragrance ever.”

“Is it GOAT milk? 😎” one person quipped.

Williams has been open about her breastfeeding journey in the past. In an interview with Time, she said her former coach told her to stop breastfeeding to focus on tennis.

“It’s absolutely hard to take that from a guy,” she said. “He’s not a woman. He doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her. I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.” 

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She added, “You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her. You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.” What a beautiful way to look at it (even if it does make you smell like old milk all the time).

In her Being Serena documentary, she talked about switching to bottle-feeding when her firstborn daughter Olympia, now 5, was a baby.

“Once I got to six months I felt good about it. Then it was just emotionally letting go,” Williams said. “I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it. I told her, ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this.’ I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I was. She was fine.”

Williams hasn’t given details on whether she is breastfeeding or bottle-feeding Adira (both inevitably lead to spilled milk, after all!), but we love how she’s keeping it real with her fans!

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