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Millie Mackintosh shares candid post about her ‘really tough’ breastfeeding experience

'I really didn’t know how I was going to carry on'

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Millie Mackintosh has shared a candid post about her “really tough” breastfeeding experience.

The 30-year-old welcomed her first child with husband Hugo Taylor on May 1st.

Taking to Instagram, Millie posted a sweet photo of herself nursing her daughter Sienna Grace and she revealed that she nearly gave up breastfeeding.

“Let’s talk about breastfeeding – I found it really tough at the beginning,” she told her 1.3 million followers.

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Let's talk about breastfeeding – I found it really tough at the beginning. Although Sienna now latches on easily and is a good eater, it definitely didn't start that way. The first few days I had blistered, cracked nipples and the pain was so intense, I really didn’t know how I was going to carry on. ⠀ I spent hours online trying to find the best ‘professional' advice on anything that would make the pain and dread stop, as I so desperately wanted to continue to breastfeed my baby girl. I found myself totally overwhelmed with all the conflicting advice which only made my anxiety worse. ⠀ I had a look on the @peanut app and discovered that they had a group especially for breastfeeding. The women were so kind and encouraged me to trust my own instincts and do what feels right for me. There really is no other advice that compares to other mums who have been in exactly the same situation because they have a wealth of knowledge and suggestions. ⠀ I found so many great tips about feeding from one or both boobs for each feed, the best time of day to pump, which supplements help regulate your flow, what foods to eat or avoid, how to use nipple shields, different feeding routines and schedules etc. The support and advice I have received from the women on @peanut has been invaluable and made me feel less alone (I know I’m not but breastfeeding can convince you otherwise!) ⠀ I’ve also found my appetite is sky high.. so like her, when I'm feeding, I also need feeding! I end up eating most of my meals cold and with one hand, which has resulted in me spilling food on her on numerous occasions! Despite the blood, sweat, tears, and feeling like I’m leaking milk through countless outfits…it’s all worth it when I look down and see Sienna's tiny hand wrapped around my finger, watching her grow stronger every day. My heart melts when she gives the gift of a little smile. Motherhood really is a journey, and that's why sharing stories & tips is so important. I encourage any mothers, expectant mothers and those trying to conceive to join the app. It's the support system we all need. #peanutapp #ad ⠀

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“Although Sienna now latches on easily and is a good eater, it definitely didn’t start that way.”

The former Made In Chelsea star explained that the experience left her in intense pain and it also affected her mental health.

“The first few days I had blistered, cracked nipples and the pain was so intense, I really didn’t know how I was going to carry on,” she wrote.

“I spent hours online trying to find the best ‘professional’ advice on anything that would make the pain and dread stop, as I so desperately wanted to continue to breastfeed my baby girl.”

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“I found myself totally overwhelmed with all the conflicting advice which only made my anxiety worse.”

Millie was later advised to check out the Peanut app, where she sought guidance from a help group which was specifically catered to breastfeeding.

She proceeded to praise the motherhood platform.

“The women were so kind and encouraged me to trust my own instincts and do what feels right for me,” she penned.

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“There really is no other advice that compares to other mums who have been in exactly the same situation because they have a wealth of knowledge and suggestions.”

“The support and advice I have received from the women on @peanut has been invaluable and made me feel less alone (I know I’m not but breastfeeding can convince you otherwise!).”

The social media influencer encouraged mothers to join the app.

“Motherhood really is a journey, and that’s why sharing stories & tips are so important. I encourage any mothers, expectant mothers and those trying to conceive to join the app. It’s the support system we all need,” she added.

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Millie recently celebrated her second wedding anniversary with her husband.

The couple tied the knot in Chelsea Town Hall back in 2018, before hosting their wedding reception at Whithurst Park in West Sussex.

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