Former Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson has said she was tried for bottle-feeding her son and the trauma she suffered after he was born
Louise Thompson opened up about her birth trauma and the struggles she went through breastfeeding her son Leo.
The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, and fiancé Ryan Libbey, also 31, welcomed their son in November after a complicated birth.
She was close to death when she was born and has been battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other complications ever since.
The reality star has now taken to Instagram to share some photos of her bottle feeding her son as she posed in the kitchen.
Louise captioned the post: “Trigger warning: birth trauma. For a while I thought about posting anything with Leo and a plastic bottle in it because I thought I would be judged.
“I remember when I got home I told Ryan he couldn’t post an insta story because there was a bottle in the back of the pic. I was constantly on the lookout for those naughty little things.
“Of course, I would prefer to flaunt the all-natural, healthy, skin-to-skin look…but that just wasn’t a reality for me.”
She went on to say that she had no “choice in the matter” and that she “shouldn’t have blamed me so much for ‘not choosing, but choosing’ to bottle-feed our son.” .
“I think it’s important to highlight these kinds of experiences to try to break down the stigma around bottle-feeding and other challenges that new parents face. The truth is, there are a lot of women who cannot breastfeed and many of these women feel guilt over what society sees as the optimal option,” Louise added.
“It’s funny, I’ve always hated the ‘breast is the best’ label that was thrown around during the NCT online courses I took.
“Most breastfeeding specialists take the general position that you should ‘go on, you can do it’ because they think many mothers give up ‘too soon’ in their eyes.”
She recalls Leo “practically being dumped on top of her” and being asked to breastfeed right after his first operation.
At the time, she was tied to one of the many blood transfusions she had and was on a lot of medication. She said “something about it seemed really gross to me”.
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“I was too ashamed to say no, so I continued,” the mother added. “Then I felt excruciating pain as my damaged uterus contracted (and bled), but I was told to keep going. The funny thing was, I was really, really good at it. Leo was amazing for lockdown and I had plenty of milk, and while it was nice to bond, something didn’t feel right.
“Anyway, it turns out I knew my body pretty well because the pain turned out to be bad and I ended up in intensive care where I still lost my milk. Sometimes the people should accept that we know our own bodies better.There isn’t always a one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to health (or raising a child for that matter).
Louise has been open about the struggles she has faced since giving birth to Leo. One of them understands the difficulty of leaving the house.
However, the reality star has worked hard to turn things around.
With future husband Ryan by her side, she even hit the gym to work on her fitness.
The star is struggling with anxiety and has shared flare-ups in some rooms of her home.
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