Stacey Solomon has opened up about breastfeeding in a candid post.
The Loose Women panellist, who recently welcomed son Rex with TV presenter boyfriend Joe Swash, took to her Instagram page to raise awareness of the difficulties of breastfeeding.
The mum-of-three admitted that she felt ‘dread’ when it came to breastfeeding her newborn son, as each time she fed the two-month-old she ended up with ‘bleeding nipples’.
Uploading a candid snap of her cradling her youngest son, while she breastfed the infant, she wrote: ‘There was a time, not so long ago, when I used to dread this. It’s so nice to uncurl my toes, not be fighting with shields or trying to sooth my bleeding nipples and actually get excited for the times that Rex wants to feed on me.
‘I never managed to exclusively breast feed,’ she continued. ‘He has bottle and boob, mostly boob before naps for comfort and that works for us! Looking at this photo reminds me of how much pressure I put on myself in the early days. I wanted to love it so badly and had imagined how “easy”, “convenient” and “blissful” it would be and it wasn’t any of those things. I never believed anyone when they said it will become easier and almost painless eventually, but it has.
‘I can’t even remember when it changed. But 10 weeks in and it feels so much better. It feels like how I imagined it in the first place.
‘If I could offer any advise, it would be what everyone told me. FED IS BEST and WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU. Mummas YOU ARE INCREDIBLE 🌈 if you’re wondering why the phot looks wierd it’s because I’ve Blurred out any boob just incase Instagram tell me off 😂’.
Fans praised the TV presenter for being so honest in her post and inspiring others.
One follower wrote: ‘I’m absolutely loving all of your honest mum posts it’s amazing to see someone be so real. Breastfeeding has been so much harder than I could have ever imagined and I really hope I can power through with it ❤️’.
While others added: ‘9 days into breastfeeding journey and struggling. Comforting to know I’m not the only one and it will get better. 🤞🏼 X’ and ‘this has definitely given me hope and made me realise not to give up!❤️’.