Izzy Judd has talked openly about suffering from the painful condition mastitis just 12 days into breastfeeding son Kit.
McFly star Harry and wife Izzy – who are already parents to daughter Lola – welcomed son Kit Harry Francis in August this year, and now 33-year-old Izzy has opened up about the difficulties she is suffering since giving birth.
Taking to her Instagram page the mum-of-two shared a picture of a thoughtful note left by her husband Harry which read: ‘Call me when Kit wakes up for milk! Stay in bed!’
Izzy captioned the sweet snap with: ‘We are so lucky to have you @harryjudd. Day we and I have mastitis. Breastfeeding is such a challenge.’
‘All I want to do is give Kit the golden droplets but we all have to be realistic about what we can cope with!’
Izzy went on to explain that she wonders why someone so natural can be so hard, before adding that she felt very much the same way when trying to conceive.
The mum then posed a question to her followers: ‘Anyone else struggling with breastfeeding, up all hours expressing, feeling the pressure and just wishing feeding was easier?’
The post quickly generated 21k likes and 493 comments, with the star’s 210k followers showing their support by sharing their own stories.
‘I got mastitis 5 weeks into breastfeeding which added to how hard it already was. I felt so poorly and useless. I hope you feel better soon xx’, one said, while another commented: ‘Totally, it’s the hardest thing in world, my midwife urged me to stop torturing myself – so I took her advice @mrs_izzyjudd it’s the best advice anyone ever gave me, be kind to yourself, bottle or boob, it doesn’t matter ❤️xx’
Another simply stated: ‘He’s a keeper xxx’, referring to the support Izzy had received from her other half.
Mastitis is a painful condition that causes a woman’s breast tissue to become inflamed. It can happen at any time but most often affects breastfeeding women when it is sometimes called lactation mastitis or puerperal mastitis, and often caused by a build-up of milk within the breast.
If you think you might have mastitis, the NHS recommends making contact with your GP as soon as possible.