Millie Mackintosh revealed her decision to stop breastfeeding her baby girl in an honest post shared on Instagram.
the old Made in Chelsea star, 31, welcomed her second child, a baby girl named Aurelia Violet Taylor, with husband Hugo Taylor in November 2021.
Since the newborn’s arrival, Mackintosh, who is also mom to 2020-born daughter Sienna, has given fans an honest look at the ups and downs of her motherhood journey.
More recently, she shared her breastfeeding experience, explaining why she decided to stop breastfeeding Aurelia.
Along with a photo montage on Instagram, the star revealed the reasons why her time breastfeeding Aurelia had come to an end.
She started the post by talking about the pressure she felt to continue breastfeeding her newborn baby despite a painful condition called mastitis while breastfeeding.
“I really felt the pressure to keep going even though I was literally crying in pain every time I needed to feed myself,” the mum-of-two wrote.
After initially mentioning her struggles on social media a few weeks ago, Mackintosh said she was overwhelmed with the support from her followers.
“There’s a comment that really stuck with me: ‘It’s good to quit too, it doesn’t make you a bad mum’. At the time, I really needed to hear that,” she wrote.
For a time the star decided to combine feeding, before another round of mastitis helped her make the decision to quit and despite some initial reservations she now thinks it was “the right time” and the right decision for both.
“Ultimately, when I got mastitis again, I decided breastfeeding wasn’t working for me anymore and I knew it was time to stop,” she explains. “I was in a lot of pain, I really wanted my body back, my time back and Aurelia was really upset, which I found upsetting and frustrating.”
Now her daughter only takes formula and after finding the right bottle and the right size teat, she is feeding well.
“I still love the time spent nurturing her, she squeezes my fingers, pulls me closer and looks me in the eye, I still feel so important to her,” Mackintosh continues.
The star then reminded other new mums that the most important thing is that the baby is fed.
“When you’re a new mom, it’s easy to feel pressured and get carried away with what everyone else thinks is the best thing for you,” she explains. “But in the end, the most important thing is that your baby is fed and that you are both happy!”
The post seemed to really resonate with Mackintosh followers, who used the comments section to offer words of support while sharing their own breastfeeding experiences.
“It’s good for you. It doesn’t make you a bad mom in any way. We need to take care of ourselves too,” one user shared.
“I couldn’t agree more with everything you said!” another commented. “I have 3 kids and tried my best breastfeeding which didn’t come very naturally to me and the truth is me and my babies were the happiest when the bottle first came along and that’s fine. Well done.”
“The best way to feed your baby is the one that makes mommy feel good,” another user wrote. “A happy mom has a happy baby. We have to keep in mind that as a mother we always make the best decisions for our own baby.”
Others praised the star for being so honest about her personal experience.
“This will benefit so many – cheers for sharing,” one user wrote.
“Thank you for this open and honest message,” another mom commented. “I was so weak that I couldn’t feed my firstborn. If I had seen more posts like this, it would have made such a difference.”
This isn’t the first time Mackintosh has been praised by fans for her honest portrayal of motherhood.
Last month, she reminded fans that all is “not always as it seems” on social media, as she shared what she the body after pregnancy looks from different angles.
In the Insta vs reality post, the former Made in Chelsea The star uploaded two mirror selfies to her Instagram account, showing her posing in gray leggings and a bralette. In the first, her figure looks toned and unblemished.
In the second, a short video clip, the 31-year-old can be seen walking towards the mirror, pulling down her leggings to reveal her postpartum belly.
Fans were quick to show their support for the star’s more honest portrayal of her body.
One commented, “Keeping it real means so much to new mums…” while another wrote, “Thank you Millie!! real,” saying she looks “crazy” in both.
She also recently gave a a glimpse of the kind of experiences she has with her youngest daughterthat many hailed as relatable.
Sharing a photo of herself and baby Aurelia, she wrote, in a diary style for her fans, “Someone once told me ‘days are long, but years are short’ and I’m really feeling it this week, I keep thinking where have the last 3 months gone?
“Aurelia slept through the night for the first time last night, which is so bittersweet! I find motherhood full of conflicting feelings, I was so desperate to sleep, but missed the cuddles in the middle of the night.
“Of course, I’m happy that Aurélia is reaching her milestones, she’s smiling and sleeping very well, but I’m also sad because the time has passed so quickly. The first days on the couch eating and cuddling all day miss me. “