Emily Andrea has opened up about stopping breastfeeding her two children and how she felt "an element of guilt" after her "milk just ran out".
Writing in her weekly OK! column, the NHS doctor's comments came after Millie Mackintosh about her own breastfeeding journey coming to an end. Here, she also shares her thoughts on a new breakthrough treatment for Covid and The Queen's resilience. Sign up – for free! – to see what she has to say.
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Millie Sharing Her Breastfeeding Battle Helps Other Mums
I really loved the honesty of Millie Mackintosh’s recent Instagram post, which saw her opening up about stopping breastfeeding her three-month-old daughter Aurelia after experiencing painful mastitis.
She said the decision left her with “mixed feelings” and wrote, “Ultimately when I got mastitis again I decided breastfeeding wasn’t working for me any more and I knew it was time to stop. I was in a lot of pain, I really wanted my body back, my time back and Aurelia was unsettled which I found upsetting and frustrating.”
Millie admitting that things can be challenging and normalising the situation will be so helpful for other mums and the fact she carried on despite it being so hard is admirable.
I had mastitis a few times when breastfeeding Theo and it was difficult. I felt very unwell as I had a high temperature and lots of pain.
I followed NHS advice by continuing to feed regularly, starting with the sore breast first and using things like a warm compress, and making sure the breast was completely empty at the end of each feed.
But when I did stop breastfeeding I did feel an element of guilt, as well as sadness as I enjoyed breastfeeding so much.
It gave me such a close bond with both babies and I just didn’t want that to end. But unfortunately my milk ran out, so I didn’t have a choice.
Once I’d stopped, I felt less upset and was able to feel proud of what I had achieved.
Millie also admitted she “really felt the pressure during my first round of mastitis to continue feeding”, and lots of mums can relate to feeling pressure regarding any parenting decision, either from people they know or online.
But it’s important to remember that everyone’s parenting journey is different and the decisions they make are up to them.
How To Set A Regal Example
It was amazing to see the Queen getting straight back to work
and meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau after recovering from Covid.
As usual, she is setting an amazing example and is working incredibly hard for someone in their nineties.
I’m impressed by her resilience and determination. If I’m half as fit as her at 95 I’ll be thrilled.
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A Promising Covid Breakthrough
A new study of patients with severe Covid has identified DNA variations that could lead to new life-saving treatments for the virus.
The last two years of the pandemic have been terrible in so many ways. However, there have been a few glimmers of positivity, from the recognition of the NHS, better community spirit and the fantastic work done by scientists to develop treatments and vaccines.
This breakthrough is so important because it shows that some people are genetically more susceptible to becoming more unwell with Covid.
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By knowing this, we can start to develop new treatments. We all owe a huge thank you to the scientists working on this kind of research who have achieved years’ worth of work in such a short time.
Hopefully, one day people dying from Covid will be a thing of the past.
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