Sam Faiers details ‘painful’ breastfeeding struggles as she suffers complications
Sam Faiers has said breastfeeding her newborn baby boy Edward has been "tough", revealing it has also been "painful" for her at times.
The former TOWIE star, 31, breastfed Paul, now, six, and Rosie, now four, until they were 15 months old. She planned to do the same with her newborn, but says it has been challenging.
"With Edward it’s been tough,” admits Sam. “His latch hasn’t been as strong. We’re getting there but it’s been a rocky road. I’ve had two occasions now where I’ve had blocked ducts and it’s so painful."
She continued: “Now, where I’ve got an overloaded milk supply, I’m trying my hardest to pump off some milk, then get him on the boob when it’s not squirting out in his face, but it’s almost like it’s too much.
“Then he’s coming off the boob with his weak latch and taking in air and crying because he’s gassy. It’s a vicious circle."
Sam added: "It’s got better over the past couple of weeks but the first few weeks were tough.
"I didn’t have that with the other two.”
Sam previously spoke about juggling her life with a newborn since becoming a mother of three in May.
Admitting she feels like a "human cow" at times, the star told her followers it hasn't been easy when it comes to feeding her youngest.
"Back to school tomorrow for Paul & Rosie, wow what a week, although we had a lovely time (especially the kids), it has been tough," she began to share on her Instagram story a few weeks back.
"Not going to pretend it was perfect. I'm very proud of myself and Paul juggling life as a family of 5 these past few weeks. I'd say we're still adjusting and not even halfway there yet."
Sam – who has been open about still finding her feet with her new little one – went on to say: "Big things in life like a new baby take time.
"For anyone reading this who has had a baby, it takes time, do not think you are the only one. Do things at your own pace, there's no rush. It's not an overnight thing."
Speaking further about her newborn, she said: "Little man has cat naps atm too. I feel like I can just about shower before he needs me again.
"He's also quite windy, even though he's exclusively breastfed, he's been getting wind, so I've been expressing off before he feeds to release some milk to make it easier for him."
Sam concluded by writing: "I honestly feel like a human cow atm, anyways early night for us, love you baby, sweet dreams."
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