A new mum has shared an image of her chest to social media to highlight a rarely discussed side effect of breastfeeding.
From blocked ducts to infected nipples, breastfeeding a baby can have some pretty big impacts on a woman’s body, but one mother wants to raise awareness about a common problem that is hardly ever discussed.
Taking to Instagram, Zoe Henrix, 27 shared an image of her ‘uneven boobs’ in a bikini tops alongside a caption explaining that different size boobs can be one of the unexpected consequences of nursing a baby.
“MILK JUGS gone uneven,” she wrote. “One of the many joys of breastfeeding. I wondered why I got a few stares at the pool that day – awkward!”
She ended her post by including the hashtags #mymilkshake #bringsallthebabiestotheyard #normalisebreastfeeding.
And other mums were quick to comment on the post sharing their own experiences of having lopsided boobs.
“Haha the struggle is real!” one woman wrote. “My 15month old only nurses from my left side now so you can only imagine the lopsided-ness going on at the moment.”
“Happens to me all the time! I love that you are so open & honest about your breastfeeding journey,” another woman added.
“Oh god this was me for ages!!! My Left was about 4 times the size of my right,” another mum shared.
This isn’t the first time Zoe, who found fame on the Australian version of Married At First Sight, has opened up about her breastfeeding struggles.
The new mum, who gave birth to her daughter Harper-Rose last November, has been documenting her breastfeeding journey on social media in a bid to normalise the feeding method.
In one post she explained how tricky she found breastfeeding in the beginning and that it took her a good few weeks to get the knack of it.
“I FEED her body and she NOURISHES my soul,” she wrote alongside an image of her nursing her newborn.
“It took me a good two weeks to get the hang of breastfeeding. Like a new pair of shoes my boobs had to be worn in boot camp style! (Ouch!).”
“Both Harper & I had to learn the art of attachment and it wasn’t easy,” she continued. “I had days I wanted to give up. Thank god for the nipple shield which was a godsend when I needed in those early days when my nips resembled a crime scene.”
“And now when I feed my baby, I marvel at the perfect nourishment my body producers and I am so grateful and honoured I can breastfeed her, especially acknowledging it can be for many a horrible ordeal for a myriad of reasons.”
“Our bodies are extraordinary ladies we must never forget or be made to feel we are doing anything but what our breasts were created to do.”
In another post she detailed her painful struggle with mastitis.
“Mastitis has hit me again,” she wrote. “I saw the doctor yesterday after the tell tale signs lingered all morning (fever, fatigue, sore/hot breast) He has prescribed me antibiotics & said if it doesn’t clear by Monday, we may look at surgical drainage.”
“I am continuing to feed as frequently as possible as recommended, but it is so damn PAINFUL, and I find myself swearing a f**kload.”
But despite her struggles, the new mum is keen to continue her breastfeeding journey.
“Breastfeeding is hard and for me it has been bittersweet,” she continued. “It can be exhausting, isolating, painful and cause incredibly anxiety (I keep having this strange paranoia that my milk will dry up..) Yet it can also be incredibly rewarding and the benefit to our babies is so incredible.”
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