Stacey Solomon broke down in tears to a breastfeeding expert after struggling to nurse her son Rex

Stacey Solomon has revealed she broke down in tears to a breastfeeding expert after being unable to produce milk for her son Rex.

The presenter, 30, revealed in October she had started feeding her baby son formula milk after her own supplies ‘dried up,’ and in a candid Instagram Stories post on Thursday she said still gets ‘a knot in her stomach’ when she thinks about it.

Stacey also spoke about her battles with breastfeeding during a conversation with a specialist in the latest episode of her podcast Here We Go Again, as she revealed that she felt ‘really really sad’ at the prospect of having to ‘give up.’

Candid: Stacey Solomon has revealed she broke down in tears to a breastfeeding expert after being unable to produce milk for her son Rex

Candid: Stacey Solomon has revealed she broke down in tears to a breastfeeding expert after being unable to produce milk for her son Rex

As Stacey announced that she had released the next episode of her podcast, she told fans that she decided to sit down with a breastfeeding expert to discuss why she struggled to produce milk for her son Rex. 

In the video posted to Instagram Stories the mother-of-three said she cried to the expert for an hour about struggling to feed Rex.

She wrote in the caption: ‘I basically hounded her for an hour asking her why I just couldn’t do it. All jokes aside though I really felt like I failed at breastfeeding and even now I get upset when I see other women breastfeeding (even though I’m genuinely happy for them). 

‘I get a knot in my stomach looking back at how much weight he lost and how sad I felt the day my milk dried up.’

Open: In October the presenter revealed that she started feeding formula to her baby son Rex (pictured) after her own milk supplies dried up

Open: In October the presenter revealed that she started feeding formula to her baby son Rex (pictured) after her own milk supplies dried up

Progress: On Thursday Stacey took to Instagram Stories to share a video revealing she had interviewed a breastfeeding expert for her podcast

Progress: On Thursday Stacey took to Instagram Stories to share a video revealing she had interviewed a breastfeeding expert for her podcast

What is the NHS advice for breastfeeding mothers?

The NHS guidance for getting your baby to latch onto your breast is as follows:  

  • Hold your baby close to you with their nose level with the nipple.
  • Wait until your baby opens their mouth really wide with their tongue down. You can encourage them to do this by gently stroking their top lip.
  • Bring your baby on to your breast.
  • Your baby will tilt their head back and come to your breast chin first. 

Remember to support your baby’s neck but not hold the back of their head. 

They should then be able to take a large mouthful of breast. Your nipple should go towards the roof of their mouth.

Stacey also shared a black and white snap from her attempts to breastfeed Rex as a newborn.

She told fans that meeting a breastfeeding expert has given her some much-needed reassurance about why she can’t feed her son.

Stacey wrote: ‘I wish I knew then what I learned in this episode… I really wish I’d have done more research and not just assumed I could breastfeed and I would automatically know what I was doing, although I do believe we are sold a picture that it’s so natural and easy and it’s what we are made to do which isn’t helpful.

‘I would like to say there are so many different factors and scenarios that can make breastfeeding much more difficult and sometimes impossible for mothers.’

Stacey spoke to the breastfeeding expert Kerry from the charity La Leche, which supports women who are struggling to nurse their children.

Throwback: The mother-of-three also shared a black and white snap from when she used to breastfeed her son, adding that she's better informed about struggling to produce milk

Throwback: The mother-of-three also shared a black and white snap from when she used to breastfeed her son, adding that she’s better informed about struggling to produce milk

Speaking about how she should have sought advice sooner, she said: ‘In hind-sight I probably should have seen a breastfeeding specialist because they do offer that service if you do stay overnight in hospital at Queens. 

‘They have breastfeeding specialists come round to make sure you’re doing okay, but because I thought he was doing it right I felt and went home. By day 5 he had lost so much weight. He was a small baby anyway and he had lost almost a whole pound.

‘In the end, I was so congested with milk, I had milk lumps up to my neck and it turns out he hadn’t been sucking properly and drawing the milk down. 

‘So I hadn’t even got rid of my colostrum by day 5 and had real mastitis and lumpy boobs and my nipples were cracked from constantly putting him on them. 

‘But he was obviously not going on there right. So in the end the breast feeding specialist came in and she milked me.

‘You can’t see this but I’m making a fist hand and she kneaded all of the lumps down and drew all of the milk out of my boobs to try and get it to flow through properly.’

Open: In the podcast Stacey also revealed that she was 'really really sad' when she had to stop nursing Rex

Open: In the podcast Stacey also revealed that she was ‘really really sad’ when she had to stop nursing Rex

Speaking about the decision to stop nursing her baby son, Stacey added: ‘I just got it so wrong. I was really sad it give up actually. Really, really sad.

‘Even now I feel a bit emotional about it, because I would love to still be breastfeeding. I was gutting to give up. I do feel guilty about going home so early.’

Stacey also told Kerry that eventually her attempts to monitor Rex’s weight gain ‘drove her insane,’ and after five months she decided to give up.  

Stacey welcomed baby Rex in May with partner, Joe Swash, and has been praised for her candid posts on motherhood and parenting. 

The former X Factor star has sons Zach, 11 and Leighton, seven, from previous relationships. 

Listen to Here We Go Again with Stacey Solomon, available on Global Player and all other major podcast platforms.

Supportive: The star has been praised by fans for speaking so openly about her struggles with motherhood since welcoming her third child Rex in May

Supportive: The star has been praised by fans for speaking so openly about her struggles with motherhood since welcoming her third child Rex in May

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