‘It came as a bit of a shock to me” -TV Presenter, Stacey Solomon Who Welcomed 3rd Child After 7 Years Delivers Honest Post About Her Struggles As A New Mom

Can one ever talk extensively enough about motherhood and all that it entails?! The emotions experienced in motherhood are complicated; as such, it is safely safe to refer to it as a pack of emotional roller coaster. It is a whole lot and no mom can ever get a hold of it swiftly.

Mum-of-three, Stacey Solomon has shared a candid Instagram post about her struggles as a new mom.

In the honest post, the Loose Women Star, who welcomed her third child on 24th May, admitted she’s struggling breastfeeding her newborn son for the first time, comparing the experience to her other two children.

The 29-year-old who is also mum to 11-year-old Zachary and seven-year-old Leighton from previous relationships, took to Instagram to share a candid make-up free selfie of her breastfeeding her weeks old baby, jokingly admitting he could not ‘latch onto her Pepperami nipples.’

Alongside the picture the new mom wrote:

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”Trying to smile ???? This is my face every time he latches on ???? I didn’t breastfeed Leighton and I don’t remember 11 years ago with Zach so it came as a bit of a shock to me when my feeding experience wasn’t blissful breast time and expressing pints of milk in between!

After not mastering the latch that leaving my boobs engorged and my nipples feeling like they’d been rubbed on sandpaper I think we are finally getting there. I’ve been milked by just about every health visitor and breastfeeding specialist around (for which I am eternally grateful) and my baby can finally get his tiny mouth around, what Zach and Leighton call, my Pepperami nipples!

We still haven’t mastered it yet and we might never master it – that’s ok too. I just thought for anyone out there struggling or who struggled to breastfeed that it’s perfectly OK, there’s nothing wrong with you, and you’re doing amazingly. All things I’ve struggled to believe at times.

It’s so wonderful to see people’s happy breastfeeding pictures and amazing expressing photos – I love them, but from somebody who is lucky to express 10ml if not dust when I put a pump on I would have loved to see some different experiences too.

Here’s to making it work no matter what way round you do it! Breast or bottle, Mammas, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! ????????.”

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Today is a smiley day ???? it’s been an interesting week. But it feels like the fog is lifting and I’m coming out of the fuzz. I’m so grateful to have our baby boy with us and be surrounded by my incredible family – my biggest privilege. But it doesn’t mean it’s been all rosey and glossy. Hormone surges + really struggling to breastfeed + no sleep what so ever + engorged boobs + cracked nipples + absolutely anything as minuscule as somebody kissing my babies head = total meltdown. I’ve found myself spontaneously uncontrollably sobbing into my mums arms, at least twice every day. Then I feel guilty that I’m not “enjoying every second” like everyone tells you too because it passes by so quickly (and it does, my eldest is 11 and I feel like I just blinked and that happened). But sometimes I’m just not in control of my emotions, and I can’t feel guilty about having sad points it’s counter productive. I’m really feeling happy today which is amazing, but I’m ready to accept any sobbing or sadness that sneaks up on me at any point. If it doesn’t hallelujah, but if it does I’m no less of a mother for feeling that way. And to anyone else feeling or who has felt that way, don’t ever let those feelings make you feel that you weren’t good enough, you were and you are. Its ok not to be ok. Also I want to say thank you to the amazing NHS services that we have received over the last 7 days… Queens Hospital Romford, all of the nurses, midwives and paediatricians. Our community midwives, and the breastfeeding specialist who literally MILKED me for hours trying to bring my milk down from under my chest and armpits, and the Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Services in our area who have been so attentive and always there if we need them. ???? Thinking of all of those who don’t have a support system around them. If you need someone to talk to there are people out there… please don’t hesitate to reach out. @pandas_uk @mindcharity ????

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Friends and fans flooded the comment section to praise the new mum.

One said: ”Sending you all the love Stacey xxx breast or bottle, home birth or hospital, falafel for tea every night or fish fingers – who cares? What matters is children are LOVED! Xxxxxxxx.”

Another added: ”Well done you gorgeous, gorgeous mama!! You are a superstar and you’re so right! All you mums are doing a bloody great job! ????????????????????.”

A third mom commented: ”Amazing you’re shedding light on this for others ???? I had a similar experience.. 5 weeks I tortured myself until I had to give up.. feeling you have failed as a mother,because no one tells you latching on issues exist. Please don’t give yourself a hard time hunny. Your babies love you, no matter how you feed them. Sending love.xx????.”

Stacey announced she was pregnant with her first child with Joe Swash in February.

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Trying to smile ???? This is my face every time he latches on ???? I didn’t breastfeed Leighton and I don’t remember 11 years ago with Zach so it came as a bit of a shock to me when my feeding experience wasn’t blissful breast time and expressing pints of milk in between! After not mastering the latch that leaving my boobs engorged and my nipples feeling like they’d been rubbed on sandpaper I think we are finally getting there. I’ve been milked by just about every health visitor and breastfeeding specialist around (for which I am eternally grateful) and my baby can finally get his tiny mouth around, what Zach and Leighton call, my Pepperami nipples! We still haven’t mastered it yet and we might never master it – that’s ok too. I just thought for anyone out there struggling or who struggled to breastfeed that it’s perfectly OK, there’s nothing wrong with you, and you’re doing amazingly. All things I’ve struggled to believe at times. It’s so wonderful to see people’s happy breastfeeding pictures and amazing expressing photos – I love them, but from somebody who is lucky to express 10ml if not dust when I put a pump on I would have loved to see some different experiences too. Here’s to making it work no matter what way round you do it! Breast or bottle, Mammas, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! ????????

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