Breastfeeding is not always easy. In fact sometimes, it’s really bloody hard.
That’s something former Married At First Sight contestant Zoe Hendrix knows all too well.
“Mastitis has hit me again,” the mum of one, to baby daughter Harper Rose, shared on Instagram this weekend. “I saw the doctor yesterday after the tell tale signs lingered all morning (fever, fatigue, sore/hot breast).”
Hendrix first spoke of her struggles with mastitis in January when, by chance, her 84,000 followers diagnosed the condition for her. Yep – at the time, Hendrix believed she was poorly with the flu, and complained of high body temperature, a “sore throat” and “body aches” – symptoms her well-seasoned fans knew are often associated with blocked milk ducts.
Unfortunately, the painful condition has now struck again.
“I am continuing to feed as frequently as possible as recommended, but it is so damn PAINFUL, and I find myself swearing a f*ckload,” Hendrix wrote yesterday alongside the photo below.
“[Alex] wants to help, but he can only standby and offer words of encouragement as his nipples are made for decoration purposes only,” she added.
“Breast feeding is hard and for me it has been bittersweet. It can be exhausting, isolating, painful and cause incredibly (sic) anxiety… Yet it can also be incredibly rewarding and the benefit to our babies is so incredible.”
Hendrix isn’t the first – and certainly won’t be the last – local celebrity to shed brutal honesty about the difficulties that come with breastfeeding. Fellow reality TV personality Maddi Wright, from House Rules, told Mamamia breastfeeding her son as “the worst four months of my life”.