Troian Bellisario, 33, is a proud mother to Aurora Adams, her first child with her husband Patrick J. Adams, 37. On August 7, 2019, the actress best known for her role as Spencer Hastings in “Pretty Little Liars” took to Instagram to share her experience with breastfeeding and mastisis in time for the World Breastfeeding Week.
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#worldbreastfeedingweek I would never have thought something so simple would be so complicated. My milk came in immediately (so lucky!) my daughter has always eaten well (little bit of reflux but all good) and breastfeeding her was never painful or frustrating (SO RARE) but the mastitis🥴, waking up in the middle of the night to pump😴, pulling off on the freeway to pump, or hiding in dark corners of houses while pumping or else I can’t sleep it’s SO PAINFUL🥵 (I’ve included the most glamorous I’ve ever looked while feeling like an effing cow) having to be conscious of everything I put or do not put in my body (it’s been almost two years if you count pregnancy) and that means alcohol, medication, even melatonin! I can’t even join in all of this cool CBD stuff that’s happening.But… no matter how much I HATE pumping or how complicated MY relationship with food is, it has been a joy, an honor and a no brainer to feed my daughter this way. 🙌🏽 My body has made it easy for us and i have loved every moment i get to spend this kind of time with her. Not every mother gets that. I don’t know if I will have it for much longer, but I will always take care of her and do what is best for us. (Once again f*ck pumping. Love you forever babay girl)
In the post, Bellisario shared a photo of her nursing Aurora and another photo of her in a hands-free pumping bra. Like other breastfeeding mothers, the “Pretty Little Liars” star shared that she also struggled with mastitis.
“Mastisis is an inflammation of the breast tissue that can cause pain and is commonly found in new, nursing moms,” Carrie Pawlowski, RN told Michigan Medicine. ” You may notice redness and swelling on the infected breast as well as flu-like symptoms, such as chills and fevers. It’s common for women to attribute these signs to being rundown and tired, but don’t; it’s important to alert your doctor right away if you’re feeling any of them.”
It is safe for nursing mothers with mastitis to breastfeed their babies, according to Pawlovski. However, she noted that if the milk is not removed from the breast, it can cause engorgement, which can slow the recovery time.
Meanwhile, watch Bellisario and Patrick take the relationship test here: