Paloma Faith has revealed she has been diagnosed with acute engorgement, a condition that makes breastfeeding extremely difficult.
The singer, 39, welcomed her second baby, a girl, with partner Leyman Lahcine on Sunday and announced the news by sharing a sweet black and white snap of the tot’s feet on Instagram, following months of keeping an online pregnancy diary.
Her chronicles continued on Tuesday evening, this time as a postpartum journey, when she shared an image of her black lace bra with cabbage leaves over her nipples and added a caption explaining what she was experiencing.
Cabbage leaves are used as a popular at-home treatment for breastfeeding issues, with midwives and lactation consultants recommending the remedy for decades.
Reveal: Paloma Faith has revealed she has been diagnosed with acute engorgement, a condition that makes breastfeeding extremely difficult
Paloma revealed she is in great pain with the condition, which means breasts are painfully overfull of milk, which occurs when a mother makes more milk than a baby uses. Breasts become swollen, which can make it hard to breastfeed.
Her caption read: ‘Post partum diary 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. I’ve been told it should settle…
New arrival: The singer, 39, welcomed her second baby, a girl, with partner Leyman Lahcine on Sunday and announced the news by sharing a sweet black and white snap of the tot’s feet on Instagram, following months of keeping an online pregnancy diary
Congratulations! Earlier in the week, the Only Love Can Hurt Like This hitmaker gushed her little girl ‘couldn’t be more loved or wanted if she tried’, as she also detailed her first experiences of breastfeeding her newborn
‘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’.
What is breast engorgement?
Breast engorgement occurs when breasts are painfully overfull of milk, which occurs when a mother makes more milk than a baby uses.
Breasts become swollen and hard, which makes breastfeeding hard.
Engorgment can happen when:
– Milk first comes in, during the first few days after birth.
– When mothers have a regular breastfeeding routine but can’t nurse or pump as much as usual.
– When breastfeeding stops suddenly.
– When a baby suddenly starts breastfeeding less than usual. This may happen when a baby is starting or increasing solid foods or when your baby is ill and has a poor appetite.
Earlier in the week, the Only Love Can Hurt Like This hitmaker gushed her little girl ‘couldn’t be more loved or wanted if she tried’, as she also detailed her first experiences of breastfeeding her newborn.
Paloma shared a snap of herself shortly after giving birth, with the star gazing at the camera while clad in her hospital gown and cap.
The songwriter shared a candid caption about her first 30 hours with the newborn, in which she said she was ‘exhausted’ and ‘in pain’, but added that it was all worth it to meet her ‘new little cherub.’
She penned: ‘Pregnancy diary. 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 in front of me.’
Paloma then went on to share how she’s doing with breastfeeding her baby girl, adding that her ‘nipples are on fire’.
She explained: ‘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!’
New baby: The songwriter shared a candid caption about her first 30 hours with the newborn, in which she said she was ‘exhausted’ and ‘in pain’, but added that it was all worth it to meet her ‘new little cherub’
Her post garnered several congratulatory messages from her fans and pals, including Rochelle Humes who penned: ‘Yes Mama!!!!! Proud of you! Congratulations ❤️.’
Paloma announced her pregnancy in September following six rounds of IVF treatment, almost four years after welcoming her first child, a daughter, with the French artist.
The actress, who already has a three-year-old daughter with Leyman, announced her pregnancy on her social media platforms at the end of September, with a picture cradling her bump.
She penned: ‘It is with extreme pleasure I announce I am pregnant. I am going to be releasing new music at this time and wanted to feel free in my body as it changes before all our eyes!
Expecting: Paloma announced her pregnancy in September following six rounds of IVF treatment, almost four years after welcoming her first child, a daughter, with the French artist.
‘I love my job and can’t wait for you all to hear my 5th album and I will be out and about playing as much as this crazy time will allow (also a tour next year).
‘I am not a skinny pregnant person and I am also high risk in pregnancy so would like to ask the media not to run after me ate get unflattering shots as anxiety is detrimental to me and my baby.
‘This child is so wanted, it’s my 6th round of IVF and was a struggle to get here. I had a very traumatic first birth and I am also prone to postpartum depression.
Couple: The singer is already mother to a three-year-old daughter with her long-term partner Leyman Lahcine (pictured together in 2018)
‘Being a mother is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me but I will swell up and I won’t “glow”! I intend to be very real about this with you all!
‘To all the other pregnant women out there who are as in love with their babies as me but simultaneously s***ing themselves, let’s do this.’
While she was excited about the birth, Paloma admitted the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic dampened what should be a special time for the couple.
Candid: The star revealed her happy news in a lengthy Instagram post, telling her fans that the baby is ‘so wanted’ and explaining that she wants to ‘feel free in my body as it changes’
Taking to Twitter in October, Paloma gave an honest appraisal of her current mental and physical state in her second pregnancy.
She wrote: ‘I was doing an interview the other day and the journo said “this must be such a joyous wonderful time” I said “well no it’s a very uncomfortable and anxious time but I’m excited for the baby at the end”.
‘Woke up at 4.30am with terrible insomnia, can’t get comfortable, sciatica, had to drag my leg home the other evening from a walk around the block! I feel like I can’t walk!
‘Didn’t want help’: In November, Paloma admitted that she ‘didn’t want help’ with raising her first child who was born in December 2016
‘But yes, I’m totally excited about another baby. But let’s not sugar coat it shall we? Ha!’
The singer also joked that her boobs have swollen as a consequence of being pregnant.
Taking to Instagram with humourous selfie of herself in a protective mask, she wrote: ‘My face when my boobs are now 32F! I feel like they are going to make me float upwards soon it’s like a carry on film!’
Admission: The singer joked her boobs have swollen as a result of her second pregnancy
Candid: Sharing an update with Twitter followers, Paloma gave an honest appraisal of her current mental and physical state as she goes through her second pregnancy
In November, Paloma admitted that she ‘didn’t want help’ with raising her first child who was born in December 2016.
She said she made the ‘wrong’ decision by attempting to be the ‘master of everything’.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Paloma said she’s learned from the mistakes she made with raising her daughter, when she demanded to do everything herself in the vein of her own mum, who was a single parent.
She explained: ‘I’ve done it once before so I know how I did it wrong and I know how to make it easier, maybe the first time because I came from a single parent background and my mum was so heroic.
Coronavirus pandemic: Paloma admitted the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic dampened what should be a special time for the couple (pictured in 2015)
‘I was sort of a bit of master of everything and didn’t have as much help as I should have. I went a bit crazy I know what to do now I need to accept help which is a learning curve for me.’
After announcing plans to go back in tour in September 2021 with hope the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control, the star said she’ll be juggling raising her second baby with performing across the county.
She added: ‘I feel optimistic about it, I do this job because I absolutely adore playing live that’s the reason why I love my job.
‘So I’m really excited about the tour and I’m hoping this week that everyone will support it and they will start learning the words, as I’m notorious for getting so excited that I forget them!’
Paloma opened up on feeling a plethora of contrasting emotions after welcoming her first baby.
She suggested parenthood is as much about pain and anguish as it is about joy as she said her daughter ‘devastated me, and made me feel purposeful and full at the same time’.
Paloma has also spoken candidly about her gruelling battle with postpartum depression, which came on after she gave birth to her daughter.
Opening up: In September the singer spoke to Sunday Brunch about her gruelling battle with postpartum depression, which came on after she gave birth
Speaking on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch in September, she told hosts Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy: ‘I did have a traumatic first birth and did have postpartum depression. So I’m trying to make sure I surround myself with people who know that.
‘I don’t think I realised I was that ill until it went away. Yeah, it’s quite difficult because you wonder whether you’ll be happy again.’
She added: ‘I think being pregnant is often glorified as this beautiful sentimental thing, and I am overwhelmed with joy I tried very hard on IVF to get pregnant – it’s my sixth round, and that means I definitely want a baby.
‘But, I swell up a lot, I feel very full, and I know this is a family show but I don’t like having breasts very much.’
Parenthood: Paloma told how her album Infinite Things will explore the contradictory emotions she felt after welcoming her first child, now three