Fans praise Millie Mackintosh for honesty as she stops breastfeeding

Fans have praised Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh for opening up about her decision to stop breastfeeding her three-month-old daughter Aurelia after suffering with severe mastitis.

The condition – which causes inflammation and sometimes infection of breast tissue and can often involve horrendous pain, as well as swelling, warmth and redness of the area – left the reality star 'crying in pain' every time she attempted to feed her newborn.

The 32-year-old, who already shares two-year-old daughter Sienna with husband and former co-star Hugo Taylor, shared a selection of photos alongside her daughter to her Instagram account last night, including a snap of her in tears whilst feeding, and another of her holding packs of frozen peas to her chest to aide the pain.

Describing her difficult decision, Millie wrote, "My breastfeeding journey with Aurelia recently came to an end, at first I had mixed feelings about stopping but now a few weeks have passed I know that for us it was the right time.

"I really felt the pressure during my first round of mastitis to continue feeding."

She thanked her 1.4M Instagram followers or their support of her situation, and acknowledged a supporter that once told her 'It's ok to stop too, it doesn't make you a bad mum', claiming hat she "really needed to hear that".

Millie added, "After mentioning it on social media I was flooded with messages and although there was a lot of support with people sharing different remedies that could help, I really felt the pressure to just keep going even though I was literally crying in pain every time I needed to feed."

Since updating her followers on her well-being, she has been flooded with supportive messages from eager fans who have praised her for discussing her sensitive health concerns.

One fan commented, "This will benefit soooo many people – well done for sharing", with another adding, "Good for you. In no way does it make you a bad mama. We have to look after ourselves too".

"You have done amazing," a third wrote. "I have been through it on three completely different journeys and it’s the hardest thing I have ever done."

A number of onlookers also shared their own difficult breastfeeding stories, letting her know that they feel her pain when it comes to the agonising condition. One mother revealed, "I had to stop at 2 months due to repeatedly getting mastitis too, it’s so painful! I felt quite pressured to keep breastfeeding but I think sometimes you just need to go with your gut."

Another explained, "I’ve been solely pumping to feed my daughter as I managed to breastfeed to start but after a few failed latches, it just got too much for me (both pain wise and mentally). Your beautiful child won’t care how they get the goodness just this they are fed and have that bonding time with you."

The reality star, who first took to our TV screens in 2011 for the initial series of the high-class reality show, revealed that she is now feeding her daughter solely using formula after giving up with combi-feeding.

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She continued, "Ultimately when I got mastitis again I decided breastfeeding wasn’t working for me anymore and I knew it was time to stop. I was in a lot of pain, I really wanted my body back, my time back and Aurelia was really unsettled which I found upsetting and frustrating.

"Now Aurelia is purely on formula, at first there was a bit of resistance whilst we found the right bottle and teat size, but now she is feeding well and we’re getting into a good routine. I still love the time spent feeding her, she clutches my fingers, pulls me close and stares into my eyes, I still feel just as important to her.

"Breast feeding is a different journey for every mum and I’m so glad I got to experience it twice, I take my hat off to the mums that keep fighting and making it work because it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! When you’re a new mum it’s easy to feel the pressure and get swept up in what everyone else thinks is the best thing for you to do. But ultimately the most important thing is that your baby is fed, and you’re both happy!".

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