Lydia Bright admits she ‘felt like a failure’ in new candid post about the angst of breastfeeding

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Lydia Bright has opened up about the guilt she felt when she made the decision to stop breastfeeding exclusively and what led to her to start giving her baby daughter formula milk.

In a candid post on Instagram the former The Only Way is Essex star told her 1.2million followers how she "dreamed of exclusively breast feeding her baby until she was six months" but admitted that it wasn't working out.

Posting a picture of herself feeding six-month-old Loretta Rose, Lydia wrote: "Formula guilt!!! I felt so low when I moved on from breast milk to formula.

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"I didn't want to share it with my followers at the time because I didn't want to open myself up to scrutiny.

"I loved the magical bond I got from breastfeeding Loretta and throughout my pregnancy I dreamed of exclusively breastfeeding my baby until she was six months old. However it didn't work out that way for me.

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"Loretta was growing at such a rapid weight and I was losing so much weight. Being a new mum is hard enough anyway but there was also a lot happening in my life with work, my home refurb, lock down and I think all of these factors along with sleep deprivation affected my milk supply.

"I felt like a failure, I was riddled with mum guilt so I persevered with an unsettled Loretta until she was eight weeks old."

The blonde beauty, 29, was careful to say that she didn't want to "discourage anyone from breastfeeding" and that it was down to what was right for them.

She added: "A mother’s milk is the most natural thing to give your baby, but equally fed is best and Loretta was very challenging between 4 – 8 weeks as most of the times she wasn't full."

Admitting that she was "too scared" to talk about it on Instagram in case she was judged, Lydia turned for help through on online forum where other mums were having the same conversations.

Now the single-mum is confident in her decision and happy that her baby is flourishing, Lydia concluded: "I am now not afraid to say that Loretta is a formula fed baby, whatever your choice all you mums out there you are amazing."

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