Laura Whitmore has hit back at an Instagram follower after she was accused of spreading 'false information' about breastfeeding while doing an 'Ask Me Anything' on her Instagram Stories. The Love Island presenter was responding to a comment from a disgruntled follower which said, "Don't give false information about breastfeeding. You don't need to pump and dump [referring to when a mother pumps breast milk that won't be given to the baby]."
Laura, 35, who gave birth to the daughter she shares with her husband Iain Stirling (of Love Island voiceover fame) earlier this year, rebuked the message, saying, "[I wasn't gonna] bother replying to stuff like this, but just to say that my journey is no one else's journey and I'm not giving out advice. I'm just talking about myself.'
"I can do what I want with my journey," the presenter continued. "I pump and dump because sometimes I can't chill my milk and I overproduce."
Laura, continuing on, said that her daughter (whose name has never been revealed publicly) is very happy and well fed – which is of course any parent's primary concern. "My baby is a very happy baby who I've just been breastfeeding, it's worked for me."
The TV presenter, who sadly hasn't had as much screen time during the current series of Love Island because of COVID restrictions, continued to explain that motherhood is different for everyone. "It's worked for me. Everyone is a little bit different. I hope whatever your journey is, it is lovely."
Even though Laura keeps much of her life private - she hasn't yet posted any photographs of her child - she often takes to Instagram to talk about the realities of motherhood. Shunning the idea of being a 'perfect' mother, Laura instead recently uploaded a photograph of her nursing pads (which are used to absorb breast milk that leaks between feedings) stuck to the inside of her dress. Typically, nursing pads are worn inside a bra to protect your clothes from becoming wet.
"Going backless, precautions taken," she captioned one stunning photograph of her wearing a floral dress. Fans were quick to praise her in response, with one saying, "What a wonderful advocate. Well done Laura!" Another fan added: "Love the honesty here!"
We're all for women doing what they want when it comes to motherhood and take our hat off to any in the public eye who are helping to tear down societal expectations in the process.
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