Paloma Faith shares teary-eyed selfie as she tells fans her nipples have cracked after using cabbage to ease pain

Paloma Faith shares teary-eyed selfie as she tells fans her nipples have cracked after using cabbage to ease pain

February 25, 2021

PALOMA Faith shared a teary-eyed selfie as she told fans that her nipples have cracked after she used cabbage in a bid to help with her breastfeeding agony.

The 39-year-old star welcomed her second child with husband Leyman Lahcine on Sunday.

Yesterday, the singer revealed her pain after being diagnosed with "acute engorgement", which means that she is producing too much milk for her newborn.

The condition makes breasts feel heavy, hard, and sensitive in new mums – and Paloma was visibly emotional as she updated Instagram followers late last night.

Sharing a black and white selfie with tears in her eyes, the star wrote: "This is what your milk coming in does to you.

"It f**ks you up. Now my nips have cracked too.

"Engorged, cracked, emotional, missing first child. Great combo."

Paloma is also mum to a three year old daughter, and while it is unclear whether she is still in hospital after her planned C-section at the weekend, she previously revealed that she lost a "litre of blood" during the birth and had been left in a "lot of pain".

Announcing her newborn's arrival alongside some snaps, the singer wrote at the time: "Well I’m not pregnant anymore! I had a planned c section yesterday I’m in a lot of pain and didn’t sleep last night but it’s worth it to see and meet the new little cherub I have infront of me.

"It’s been about 30 hours and already I’m exhausted, sore and my nipples are on fire with a baby piranha that wants to kill me on them every few hours but I am of course elated!

"This baby couldn’t be more loved or wanted if she tried (yes I have two gals). I’m now going through the constant worry of bottle vs breast, last time I breast fed exclusively and I think it was too hard!

"I don’t know if I wana put myself through that this time….. but I’m trying anyway. And my nipples are on fire. Lost a litre of blood and I’m in so much pain despite the pain killers.
The joys!"

Yesterday, Paloma took to Instagram again – this time sharing a close up snap of a cabbage leaf stuffed into each bra cup.

She wrote: "Day 3 and my milk has come in….. I’ve been diagnosed with acute engorgement. This means I have too much milk and the baby isn’t big or strong enough to drain it and get it out.

"It’s painful. The boobs are rock hard. I’m trying massage while feeding, it hurts so much like a deep tissue massage and not much is helping.

"Hot showers/massage/hand expressing and poor baby is really over it with the exhausting hard work she needs to do to get the milk out of all those swollen blocked ducts."

The star added: "I’ve been told it should settle. Let’s hope I don’t end up in a and e with it before that! This is some next level pain! Mum life is REALLLLLLL".

Paloma was inundated with supportive messages from her followers, including famous friends who'd also suffered from the same issue after giving birth.

What is acute engorgement?

  • Acute engorgement is when your breasts get too full of milk. They may feel hard, tight, painful and warm.
  • Engorgement can happen soon after birth, when you and your baby are still getting used to breastfeeding.
  • It can take a few days for your milk supply to match your baby's needs.
  • Engorgement can also happen when your baby is older and not feeding as frequently, perhaps when they start having solid foods.

You may find it helps to:

  • Express a little breast milk by hand.
  • Wear a well-fitting breastfeeding bra that doesn't restrict your breasts.
  • Put warm flannels on your breasts just before hand expressing if they're leaking.
  • Apply chilled cabbage leaves to your breasts after feeding or expressing to reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Take some paracetamol or ibuprofen at the recommended dose to ease the pain (these are safe to take while you're breastfeeding).

Myleene Klass wrote: "Been here so many times. 😬 Cabbages didn’t work for me but feeding and pumping did. Hang in there supermum."

And Dawn O'Porter gave the bizarre suggestion of pressing a sex toy "into the sore bits", adding: "Best advice I was ever given."

Lena Headey wrote: "Cabbage leaves saved my boobs."

Cabbage leaves are said to help with engorgement because they absorb fluid from the glands in the breast area, which reduces the fullness of the tissue.

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