Stacey Solomon’s openness is a breath of fresh air, especially for new mums. The mum-of-three is beautifully honest about all things motherhood and we love her for it.
Stacey recently opened up about why she decided to stop breastfeeding and how she really struggled to come to terms with it.
She wrote, “It’s taken me a bit of time to feel okay about saying no. I stopped a couple of months ago and I really struggled to come to terms with it and actually say it out loud.
“Breastfeeding never happened for me the way that I imagined. I did my best to try and master it, but it wasn’t to be. On day five we ended up back in hospital because of weight loss and I ended up pumping in between feeds to make sure he put it back on so we could be discharged, then I continued this at home until he reached his birth weight
Stacey explained that Rex kept losing weight when she tried to exclusively breastfeed so she had to end her breastfeeding journey.
“It would break my heart to think that my own want to breastfeed was not helping my baby grow so I mix fed. As he got bigger his demand for milk got higher and my boobs couldn’t keep up the supply.
“By the time I did two full days back at work without him on the boob or pumping my milk dried up and before I knew it my breastfeeding journey was over. I felt sad for quite some time, every time he rooted my gut ached. I felt like I’d failed & that I’d lost the chance to have that special time and bond with Rex,” Stacey shared.
“I felt like everyone else was going to feed him and I’d lose my baby. I felt like I should have done more to master it in the first 24 hours and I should have done more research and asked for help. But as time has gone on, I’ve realised the truth. The truth is, I did my absolute best,” she continued.
“Every baby is different. I’m so lucky I have a few wonderful breastfeeding memories and some women don’t get that chance. I have an extremely special bond with Rex, one that would be there whether I breastfed or not, he grew in my tummy and we’ve known each other for a long time,” the mum added.
Stacey also praised bottle feeding because it helps Joe and their family bond with Rex too.
“Doing things differently wouldn’t mean my journey would have been any different. He was a small, tired little pickle and he struggled to feed. But the most important thing is that he was fed bottle/breast it doesn’t matter. Mamas you really are incredible.”
We couldn’t agree with Stacey more. Fed is best.