New mum Victoria Ekanoye has shared her breastfeeding journey with gorgeous photos and video of herself nursing her baby boy.
Victoria, who welcomed her son in February, says she’s ‘devastated’ because her breastfeeding journey with Théo will end soon because of ‘health reasons.’
The 38-year-old actress from Bury wrote a frank and open post to her Instagram followers to mark World Breastfeeding Week.
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“As we reach the end of World Breastfeeding Week, I honestly feel so blessed to have shared such a magical experience with my boy, but to also have some epic mummy friends in my life, whose stories have educated me on how heartbreaking it can be for those who struggle,” she wrote.
“We all certainly earn the right to want to, especially after carrying our babas for so long … but my word, aren’t they just the most magnificent little bundles of joy, regardless of where their milkies comes from.”
She explained: “My breastfeeding journey has been overwhelming, but beautiful and I know how lucky I am to have had six glorious months with Théo.
“Soon, for health reasons, it will come to an end and although I’m devastated that I can no longer share those precious moments with him, I’m so grateful that we had as long as we have and so proud that he’s thriving.”
Victoria, who played Angie Appleton in Coronation Street, addressed judgment over feeding and ‘how it affects mental health.’
“I just want to say that no matter who offers you their opinion, or what you may read, breast really is excellent, of course it is, it’s designed to be, but FED IS BEST,” she wrote.
“Our babies being nourished is what’s most important and that’s all that should be expected.
“We all know it’s challenging being a mummy; the sleep deprivation, the reflux, the allergies, what to dress them in to sleep, what to do when it’s 4am and they still won’t settle, and when they finally do you don’t sleep because you’re neurotically checking to see if they’re still breathing every 6.9 seconds THE SLEEP DEPRIVATIN!?
“So if you’re struggling to breastfeed, to also be judged and burdened with any guilt, put politely, is a load of old messy b***s.
“Boob or bottle, feed your baby and watch them blossom with the most important nutrition they can ever get – your unconditional, incomprehensible, bat s*** crazy love.”
She added: “I feel truly grateful to be a mum and I’m still in awe of what our bodies do to produce our little humans.
“Overall, let’s be a little gentler with ourselves and each other and take a breath … I plan to try to anyway.”
In March Victoria looked incredible as she headed to the Cncpt, Cadaro store in London which opened with Manchester fashion Zeynep Kartal in store just weeks after giving birth.
On February 29 Victoria announced on her Instagram that she had welcomed her first child Théodore with her partner Jonny Lomas.
“Our prince, our love, our world, our miracle,” she wrote lovingly about their boy.
The star revealed she was pregnant in November.
The couple decided to wait to announce their happy baby news partly due to Victoria having sickle cell anemia.
She was diagnosed with the blood cell disorder, in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body, which is regarded as a high risk pregnancy, when she was 22.
The couple had Théo’s umbilical cord stem cells collected and stored incase he needs them for future treatment.
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They looked into this because Victoria has sickle cell anaemia.
She explained: “A baby’s umbilical cord is an incredibly valuable source of stem cells that can currently treat over 80 diseases; including Sickle Cell Disease, which as you know has been a big part of our journey.
“More recently we’ve seen that these cells have even been successfully used to treat symptoms of Covid-19 and that can never be a bad thing in the fight against Rona!”
She added: “We hope we never need to make a withdrawal from our trusty stem cell bank, but there is nothing better than having that peace of mind that they are there, in our arsenal, should ever we need them.”
Victoria played Angie in Coronation Street before leaving the cobbles in 2019 after the character’s lying husband Jude’s double life was exposed.
She also starred alongside Liz Hurley in the American soap The Royals and in 2019 Victoria was a contestant on the celebrity version of The X Factor.
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