Kendra Wilkinson Can't Breastfeed With Her Marriage on the Rocks

kendra wilkinsonThere are rumors circulating that Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett's marriage is in trouble despite the fact she just gave birth to their second child, a girl they named Alijah. A transsexual model named Ava Sabrina London offered "proof" of an affair by way of polygraph, but the truth is yet to be clear.

No matter what the truth is, all of this is causing a lot of stress for this new mom, and it's affecting her breastfeeding, which in turn is causing her even more stress.

Stress can be a big issue that can affect moms in so many ways (also during pregnancy and in labor). When it comes to breastfeeding, stress can affect let down and production -- and it may be making Kendra feel like a "bad mom," which is what inevitably happens when your marriage is on the rocks or when you are under the spotlight in an alleged cheating scandal.

One of Kendra's friends told People regarding the rumored affair:

It's affecting her milk production and, quite simply, breaking her heart. [Kendra] said that Hef [Hefner, her ex] has offered to help in any way he can but has been urging her to try and work it out, as he knows how hard divorce can be on the kids. But that if she is going to leave, to do it now while the kids are young enough not to remember life any other way.

The source also said that Kendra "cries every day." She just had her second baby on May 16, and those new mom hormones are still in full swing. There are hormonal changes going on, and when you are breastfeeding, often those changes are good ones. Oxytocin -- the feel-good love hormone -- is naturally released when breastfeeding, but with the added stress Kendra is under, it seems she cannot get relaxed enough to feel those benefits to help her through the stress. Which is all causing more stress.

Her breastfeeding is being hindered by the stress of a marriage on the rocks. In turn, not being able to breastfeed is making her feel like a "bad mom." If I could tell her one thing -- tell any mom who is struggling with breastfeeding one thing -- I'd make sure she knew she was doing a good job no matter what.

Has stress ever hindered your ability to breastfeed? 

 

Image via Kendra Wilkinson Baskett/Instagram

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Cooks... Cookster792

I'm not saying what he may have done is right, but she cheated first, maybe what goes around comes around. I feel bad for the kids. With a nammy and housekeeper though, that should help her and her mom is there, plus some girlfriends moved in. I had two small kids and no help. Yes I was stressed out.

funmo... funmommy123

@cookster792 I didn't know that she cheated....

Zenezzy Zenezzy

funmommy, don't you know everything on the Internet is true and if one person says that Kendra and an ex were in the same city they had to have cheated.  Why else would anyone visit a city where they an ex happens be?

kayba... kaybayblee3

I never heard any stories of her cheating. I have been seeing stuff about her partying at clubs late into the night though. I know it could just be gossip, but if she is doing that, it's not going to help her breastfeeding issue either with that.

21lisa72 21lisa72

I had trouble breastfeeding a 31 week preemie in a abusive marriage also being judged by my mother that I did a bad job breastfeeding. I did pump. I had a baby that slept 1.5 hours around the clock for 3 months. Than went to 3 hours but I worked 3 midnight s a week and still did it all by myself.

I felt guilty especially when my youngest sister had a baby and was a champion breastfeeder!

beadi... beadingmom17

Am I the only one who finds it funny that their source of "proof" is a transsexual model?

nonmember avatar elismommy

i was so stressed out when my son was born 3 weeks early that my milk never actually came in...by the time my son was 3 weeks old i could only pump about .5 ounces of breast milk...and i was pumping every 2 hours around the clock and trying to take the natural supplements and the dr even gave me a hormone shot to induce milk let down while i was still in the hospital...i felt and still feel so ashamed that i couldnt breast feed my son even for the most critical part of his development as a new born, initially i was trying to breastfeed for at least the first year. it was made worse by the comments i would get from people who would see me in public giving my son formula when he was still soo young. old ladies would come up and tell me breast is best and actually had one woman degrade me in a mothers group saying that i was epitomy of laziness because i didnt breastfeed my son and that her child will be soo much smarter and healthier because she breastfed her for the first 18 months of her life. my son is very healthy though and incredibly smart but i still wish i could have had that bonding experience with him.

Leoat7 Leoat7

Elismommy, .5 ounces is normal pump output. Your milk was completely in. The pump can't get as much as baby can.

nonmember avatar elismommy

by week 3 i should have been producing at least 2 to 3 ounces...and was still only getting a total of .5 ounces by week 6 and that was combined production from both breasts and by this time he was drinking 4 to 5 ounces of formula in a sitting...my doctor and my breastfeeding consultant both told me that due to stress my milk wasnt coming in. had to get xrays and a mammogram to make sure i didnt have any tumors blocking the milk from coming out which wasnt the case...most women experience a let down and an increase in production and mine was decreasing. believe me i did my research and talked with my obgyn and his pedatrician. it just never happened.

nonmember avatar No Name

I just want to say, I love Kendra and I really feel for her. I do understand how difficult it can be to be able to breastfeed while under stress. When I had my first child, I was under massive amounts of stress, I really was so scared! I didn't have help and since I had a c-section I was scared to take meds and be by myself with my child because my exhubby had to go back to work. I was constantly freaking out every time she cried. My milk dried up like a week later because she wouldn't/couldn't (?) latch on correctly. I still feel like I missed out on bonding with her because I ended up bottle feeding. She is now 12 yrs old. We are bffs but I don't know if that is a good thing. 😢

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