Tender and Mild | 

Amanda Byram opens up about struggles with 'painful' breastfeeding

'My nipples have gone to war and it’s tough in the trenches'
Amanda Byram and her newborn son Phoenix (Amanda Byram/Instagram)

Amanda Byram and her newborn son Phoenix (Amanda Byram/Instagram)

Neasa Cumiskey

Amanda Byram about her struggles with “painful” breastfeeding in a candid social media post.

The television presenter welcomed her first child with husband Julian Okines, a son named Phoenix Blaze Byram Okines, at the end of November.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Amanda explained that she “wasn’t prepared” for the difficulties of breastfeeding and wanted to share her experience to help others who may be struggling with the same issue.

“My nipples have gone to war and it’s tough in the trenches,” she said.

“You’d think after millions of years of evolution breastfeeding would be easy. Maybe for some it is but I’ve found it to be really fiddly. So many differing techniques to learn and heaps of pressure to get it right.

“It’s like doing the Strictly final where both of you are still learning to dance. Only difference is on Strictly when you get it wrong they don’t tweak your nipples raw until you want to scream and cry at 4am!!!

Continuing, the 48-year-old said: “I wanted to write this post for any other mamas out there going through the same thing. I wasn’t prepared for this, and so much pressure is put on us to get it right off the bat.

“So please know you’re not alone, I’m with you in those painful night feeds, and I feel your cracked nipple pain, endless hot baths, and swollen, bruised Montgomery’s.

“5 weeks in and we are finally turning a corner… still tender and some days are better than others and Phoenix is gaining lots of weight, is happy and healthy which is my driving force... I hope I can keep going because when we get it right it is the most special feeling.

“Remember, however you feed, your baby needs YOU to be happy, that’s all that really matters in the end. Everyone’s journey is different and is equally special.”

Several famous faces flocked to the comments section to praise the new mum, including former Xposé presenter Lorraine Keane, who said: “Well done you. I was lucky to be able to breastfeed too. I know not everyone can. It’s not easy but it gets easier. Sending love and strength.

Virgin Media star added: “I know exactly how you are feeling. It was like that for me with Jack. Not easy. You’re doing so well. Xxx”

Today's Headlines

More Irish Showbiz

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices