There 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?
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