Former Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson spoke of the “trauma” she suffered after being judged online for not breastfeeding her son. Taking to Instagram, she opened up to her 1.4 million followers about the backlash she’s received, stressing that she wants to ‘break the stigma’ around breastfeeding or bottle-feeding .
“Trigger warning: birth trauma,” she wrote at the start of her caption, which was posted alongside a photo of her bottle-feeding her son. “For a while I thought about posting anything with Leo and a plastic bottle in it because I thought I would be judged.”
She continued, “Of course, I’d prefer to flaunt the all-natural, healthy, skin-to-skin look…but that wasn’t a reality for me. I had no choice in the matter, so I I shouldn’t have blamed myself so much for “not choosing, but choosing” to bottle feed our son.
Highlighting why she chose to speak out about her experience, the reality star added, “The truth is there are a lot of women who can’t breastfeed and a lot of those women feel guilty about what they do. society sees as the optimal option.” She continued, “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.”
Highlighting how phrases such as ‘breast is the best’ have impacted her, the 31-year-old encouraged others not to be ashamed when it comes to how they feed their baby. “I’ve always hated the ‘breast is the best’ label being thrown around,” she wrote. “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.”
Referring to her difficult job, which saw her spend some time in intensive care, Louise added: “I remember being encouraged to breastfeed after my first operation. My baby was practically given to me. thrown at me I was hooked up to one of I had over 10 blood transfusions and I was on quite a lot of meds and something about it just felt really disgusting I was too ashamed to say no, so I continued.
She explained that despite being in “excruciating pain”, she was encouraged to continue, even though she knew something “didn’t feel right”.
“Sometimes people should accept that we know our own bodies best,” she pointed out. “There isn’t always a one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to a child’s health (or education for that matter). So you do it.”
We couldn’t agree more!
For more information, support and advice on breastfeeding, see the NHS Start For Life website. For confidential breastfeeding information and support, contact The National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 – lines open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day of the year.
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