Paloma Faith opens up about a breastfeeding issue that’s rarely spoken about

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Pregnancy and new motherhood are life stages often filled with highs and lows, but when it comes to the latter, some just aren’t spoken about enough.

Take the challenges around breastfeeding – not only is there pressure on new mums to make it work, even when they’re exhausted and their baby isn’t latching on, there are painful and upsetting medical conditions that can make it even harder.

One of these is thrush, an infection that's known to arise in the vagina but can also occur in the breasts when nipples become cracked and damaged, as well as in babies’ mouths.

Paloma Faith is a new mum in the public eye who’s going through this exact issue, and she’s opened up about it to her Instagram followers. Telling her fans that it had been a month since she welcomed her second daughter, Paloma shared an image of the little one’s tiny hand alongside a candid insight into their first four weeks.

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“Obviously nothing is straight forward. We both have thrush (my nipples, her mouth),” Paloma said, describing the medication she and her baby are both taking.

“It feels like it’s just getting worse! WHERE IS THE MIRACLE CURE PLEASE?” she wrote, adding: “I’m not very patient so all this ‘try this try that’ with newborns is very challenging for me. I like instant solutions!”

Despite the fact her baby is “doing well” and has “started to open her eyes and really look now”, Paloma is finding life as a new mum challenging, as many do.

“Had a day yesterday where all I wanted to do was cry,” she added.

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In the comments, people shared their own experiences of thrush while breastfeeding and offered words of support.

“This is all so so familiar. Tongue-tie, thrush, mastitis, reflux. The list nobody wants to tick off,” one follower said. “I think about those first few weeks and honestly feel like a bit of a warrior for making it through. So are you. Keep on, you’re amazing.”

What’s totally clear is that the more we can all talk about the difficult realities of new motherhood, the better for everyone.

You can find more information about breastfeeding and thrush on the NHS website.

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