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Millie Mackintosh reveals she is using FROZEN PEAS on her nipples to soothe her breast pain

Millie Mackintosh reveals she is using FROZEN PEAS to soothe her mastitis pain as she continues to document her struggles with breastfeeding


She recently revealed how she was in so much pain breastfeeding her newborn daughter Aurelia that she was left in tears. 

And Millie Mackintosh has continued to document her struggle with mastitis as she took to her Instagram account on Wednesday with another update.   

The Made In Chelsea star, 32, attempted to soothe her boobs by placing frozen peas over her nipples – a common remedy due to the vegetable’s anti-inflammatory properties. 

Soothing: The Made In Chelsea star, 32, attempted to soothe her boobs by placing frozen peas over her nipples – a common remedy due to the vegetable’s anti-inflammatory properties

The frozen vegetable is used as a popular at-home treatment for breastfeeding issues, with midwives and lactation consultants recommending the remedy for decades. 

Millie gave birth to her second daughter ten weeks ago with husband Hugo Taylor. 

The TV personality has been very open and honest detailing her struggles with mastitis – an inflammation of breast tissue common when breastfeeding.

Earlier this week, the influencer gave an update on her condition to her 1.4million followers, revealing how breastfeeding was ‘making her cry in pain’.

Difficult: Millie recently detailed her struggles with mastitis - an inflammation of breast tissue common when breastfeeding

Difficult: Millie recently detailed her struggles with mastitis – an inflammation of breast tissue common when breastfeeding

The TV star also said she feels there is a ‘lot of pressure put on mums to just keep going’ even if they run into difficulties.

She revealed in her long and candid post that she was now on antibiotics for the condition and had been to the physio who helped break down the blockage.

She penned: ‘If you’ve seen any of my recent stories then you will know breastfeeding has been a little tricky for me recently. My milk supply suddenly slowed down, one boob stopped refilling between feeds and the other developed a blocked duct which got infected and turned into mastitis.

Journey: Mother-of-two Millie revealed in her long and candid post that she was now on antibiotics for the condition and had been to the physio who helped break down the blockage

Journey: Mother-of-two Millie revealed in her long and candid post that she was now on antibiotics for the condition and had been to the physio who helped break down the blockage

‘Thank you for all the kind messages with your tips and advice. I’ve heard just about everything from using a vibrator or electric toothbrush to break down the blockage and getting your other half to suck it out (safe to say, Hugo wasn’t up for that!).

‘A lot of you also said to have a hot shower or bath and to massage the area, to put savoy cabbage leaves from the fridge inside my bra, (I find frozen peas really help) epsom salts with hot water in a haakaa pump and even dangle feeding the baby on all fours!’

The Mother-of-two continued: ‘I am on antibiotics I as started to feel a bit feverish, but I also saw a women’s physio who used an ultrasound machine to break down the blockage. I’ve been trying lots of your suggestions as well as feeding regularly even when it’s made me cry in pain.

Tough: And the influencer gave an update on her condition on Instagram on Monday where she told how breastfeeding was 'making her cry in pain'

Tough: And the influencer gave an update on her condition on Instagram on Monday where she told how breastfeeding was ‘making her cry in pain’

‘The area is still sore but it’s not bright red and hot anymore, so I’m hoping we’re on the mend and my supply has picked up again. I’m not sure how much longer I will continue breastfeeding, I have started combi feeding by introducing formula once or twice a day.’

She signed off by saying: ‘I do feel there is a lot of pressure put on mums to just keep going and stick with it but I told myself I wouldn’t make any decisions on a bad day and ultimately I know I’ve got to do what’s best for both Aurelia and myself. As a happy Mum means a happy baby and however she is fed it will be with love!’

According to MayoClinic, mastitis most commonly affects women who are breastfeeding, but it can also occur in women who aren’t breastfeeding and in men.

Candid: It comes after last week Millie took to Instagram to reveal she asked husband Hugo to 'suck out' a painful mastitis blockage as she detailed her breastfeeding struggles

Candid: It comes after last week Millie took to Instagram to reveal she asked husband Hugo to ‘suck out’ a painful mastitis blockage as she detailed her breastfeeding struggles

Symptoms of mastitis include breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness, and fever and chills.

It is normally caused by bacteria from the skin’s surface or from a baby’s mouth entering the milk ducts through a crack in the skin of the nipple.

Stagnant milk in a breast that isn’t emptied provides a breeding ground for the bacteria, which is why it often develops when a woman has clogged milk ducts.

Milk ducts can become clogged due to poor drainage, according to Healthline. You might experience one if your breast isn’t completely emptied after a feed, if your baby skips a feed, or if you’re under stress.

Speaking out: Millie - who gave birth to her second daughter Aureliá ten weeks ago - also said she feels there is a 'lot of pressure put on mums to just keep going' even if they run into difficulties (pictured with Hugo)

Speaking out: Millie – who gave birth to her second daughter Aureliá ten weeks ago – also said she feels there is a ‘lot of pressure put on mums to just keep going’ even if they run into difficulties (pictured with Hugo) 

What causes mastitis and clogged milk ducts? 

  • Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that is often caused by clogged milk ducts 
  • It most commonly affects women who are breastfeeding, but it can also occur in women who aren’t breastfeeding and in men
  • Symptoms of mastitis include breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness, and fever and chills 
  • It is normally caused by bacteria from the skin’s surface or from a baby’s mouth entering the milk ducts through a crack in the skin of the nipple
  • Stagnant milk in a breast that isn’t emptied provides a breeding ground for the bacteria, which is why it often develops when a woman has clogged milk ducts
  • Milk ducts often get clogged due to poor drainage. You might experience one if your breast isn’t completely emptied after a feed, if your baby skips a feed, or if you’re under stress 
  • Sources: MayoClinic and Healthline 

 

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