Popular British actress and TV personality Denise van Outen stopped breastfeeding her daughter Betsy after three weeks. She admits that she should have nursed longer but says that it was the constant flashes of cameras from paparazzi that made her stop.
"I can't be sitting in Starbucks and breastfeeding, because they [photographers] are taking pictures," she told the Telegraph. "Another time, I was at the back of a really long queue at the Post Office to get Betsy a passport, knowing that in the next half-hour she was going to wake up and cry, wanting a feed."
I can't imagine how horrible it must be to be swarmed by paparazzi trying to snap a photo of your every move. But I feel really sad that this 36-year-old mother really wanted to nurse longer, but couldn't because of things that were out of her control.
If I was her friend and she talked to me about this issue, I would have suggested that she try to plan her errands around breastfeeding so she would be home when it was time for Betsy to nurse. But Denise also opened up about another issue she was having ....
“I wasn't producing enough milk and Lee (Lee Mead, her husband) wanted to be able to feed her.”
Unfortunately the stress that was coming from the hoards of paparazzi following her might have been a hindrance in her milk production. I would have told her to pump, give the bottle to Lee, and then go out. It's sad she had to give it up entirely.
I had a low supply, too, and since I'm nursing twins, I need enough for two. I knew I had to and have to keep it up to keep the milk flowing. That said, I don't have paparazzi following me around.
We know how stressful nursing in public can be when you are an everyday Jane -- imagine if you were a popular celebrity with all eyes on you.
What advice would you have given Denise?
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