Emily Andrea praises new mum Dani Dyer and offers advice on breastfeeding: ‘She’s setting a good example’
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OK! columnist Dr Emily Andrea has had some comforting words for Dani Dyer, after the Love Island star admitted to a problem that leaves plenty of new mums crying out in frustration.
Emily used her weekly column to congratulate the reality star for admitting that there are highs and lows in the early days of parenthood.
Dani has opened up about struggling to breastfeed her son Santiago, who was born in January.
He's the first child for 24-year-old Dani, who found fame alongside ex Jack Fincham on the ITV reality show. After they split she rekindled her romance with former boyfriend Sammy Kimmence, and announced in July 2020 that the couple were having a baby.
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Santiago's birth means that EastEnders star Danny Dyer and wife Joanne Mas are now proud grandparents in their 40s.
Dani has honestly admitted that she has found being a new mum tough and has revealed that her plans for breastfeeding had not gone totally to plan.
She said: “I’ve been doing a mix of both, but it took a while for my milk to really come through. I always wanted to just exclusively breast-feed, but it didn’t end up that way.”
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And Emily, who like Dani had her first child at 24, applauds the star for having the guts to talk about the potential problems with something women often feel should just come naturally.
"I think it’s amazing she’s been so open, because breast-feeding can be difficult. She’s setting a good example and given it a go," says Emily, who is mum to Amelia and Theo.
"The first few days of breast-feeding are very important because it’s when colostrum is produced. Colostrum is concentrated, protein and nutrient-rich milk. It also supports the baby’s immunity and digestive systems."
Emily has opened up previously about being a young mum, like Dani, and how in the past, the age of 24 would have seemed quite late to have a baby.
She said: “I think that only a few generations ago people became parents much younger, and it’s only relatively recently that attitudes have changed. Back then, 24 would probably have been old to have your first baby!”
But regardless of your age, Emily reckons that this isn't an easy time to become a mum. She's well aware that while becoming a mum can be a stressful, exhausting and emotional experience in normal circumstances, it could feel even more challenging for parents who've been pregnant and given birth during the pandemic.
So she's used her column to reach out and remind new mums that there are always people you can turn to for advice, if the challenges of coping with a new baby leave you struggling.
She wrote: "I think some mums may be worried it’s harder to find breast-feeding support at the moment, but it is out there and there are loads of resources online, along with midwives, health visitors and GPs."
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