Melissa Suffield stuffs her bra with cabbage to soothe her breasts

EastEnders star Melissa Suffield stuffs her bra with CABBAGE LEAVES after expressing milk left her breasts ‘lumpy and bumpy’… as she marks a year since welcoming son River

  • Cabbage is used as a popular at-home treatment for breastfeeding issues, with midwives and lactation consultants recommending the remedy for decades 

Melissa Suffield shared a candid picture of herself with cabbage stuffed down her bra she she attempted to soothe her painful breasts.

The former EastEnders actress, 28, who welcomed her son River last March, has been expressing milk for her little boy but said they began to feel ‘lumpy’.

In the snap Melissa sported a playful expression and noted the cabbage leaf which was sticking out of her v-neck top.

Treatment: Melissa Suffield shared a candid picture of herself with cabbage stuffed down her bra she she attempted to soothe her painful breasts

Cabbage leaves are used as a popular at-home treatment for breastfeeding issues, with midwives and lactation consultants recommending the remedy for decades.

Alongside the image, she wrote: ‘Cabbage life. 10 days since I last pumped, and feeling a little lumpy bumpy, so time to employ a helping hand!’ 

The trick was also recently employed by Paloma Faith, who said she was is in ‘next level pain’ after being diagnosed with acute engorgement, a condition that makes breastfeeding extremely difficult.

Cabbage leaves are a common remedy used by mothers due to the vegetable’s anti-inflammatory properties. 

Natural beauty: Melissa recently won praise from her fans, when she uploaded unedited snaps of herself posing in sizzling white lingerie.

Melissa recently won praise from her fans, when she uploaded unedited snaps of herself posing in sizzling white lingerie.

She gave birth to her son River exactly one year ago, and has been keeping her followers updated on her postpartum body in candid posts.

Melissa was told she looked ‘incredible’, ‘gorgeous’ and ‘amazing’, when she posed for the new lingerie images as part of a sponsored post.

The screen star, who shares her son with fiancé Robert Brendan, captioned her post: ‘Finishing breastfeeding after a year, I’m like OH HEY BODY, WELCOME BACK.

Candid: She gave birth to her son River exactly one year ago, and has been keeping her followers updated on her postpartum body in candid posts

‘It feels good to know I can start to concentrate on myself again, and take back some ownership after pregnancy and pumping. Starting on making little daily changes, whether that’s an extra caffeinated coffee, or underwear that isn’t for feeding a baby.’

She concluded: ‘Who knows where my body is going to go from now, but I’m all about doing what I can to make myself feel good TODAY. And getting out of crop tops and maternity pants is certainly a good place to start.’

When one fan commented that she looked ‘amazing’ in the Beija London lingerie, Melissa responded: ‘Thanks! It definitely helps being hoisted in and up correctly! Can 100% still fit a load of pencils under my belly overhang.’

Welcome back: The screen star, who shares her son with fiancé Robert Brendan, captioned her post, ‘Finishing breastfeeding after a year, I’m like OH HEY BODY, WELCOME BACK’

Compliments: She was inundated with a flood of flattering comments after sharing her post

Melissa’s post comes after Paloma attempted to soothe her ‘rock hard boobs’ by also placing cabbage leaves over her nipples.

Paloma gave birth to her second child with partner Leyman Lahcine, a baby girl, three days ago and is chronicling her postpartum life via honest Instagram posts. 

The musician told her fans she is feeling ‘swollen and exhausted’ after being diagnosed with the condition, which means she has ‘too much milk and the baby isn’t big or strong enough to drain it’.

Reveal: Melissa’s post comes after Paloma attempted to soothe her ‘rock hard boobs’ by also placing cabbage leaves over her nipples

Ouch! She detailed the agony she was going through in a lengthy caption

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…

‘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.

Cabbage leaves are a common remedy as they are said to have an anti-inflammatory effect on breast tissue

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