A mother’s guilt: Why Jamie Yeo couldn’t breastfeed her baby

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Celebrity yummy mummy Jamie Yeo opens up about how she felt when she couldn't breastfeed her premature baby back in 2010. Also, get some great information on breastfeeding a premature baby.

One of Singapore’s favourite celebs, Jamie Yeo seems to have it all – a gorgeous family, great job and an enviable post-pregnancy figure.

But recently she opened up about her heartache in 2010 soon after she gave birth to her little girl, when her body had failed to produce enough breast milk to feed her baby. This caused her guilt only a mother can understand.

Jamie’s story

Little Alysia, whom Yeo calls Aly, was born 10 weeks premature, weighing just 1.2kg and measuring 36cm. Jamie was devastated when she couldn’t produce enough breast milk to feed Aly, and for 6 months she was fed a mixture of breast milk and formula.

After that, Aly was put on full formula when Jamie stopped producing breast milk.

This is what Jamie had to say:

“I cried about it and I felt so guilty. When Aly was born, she was so small, it was heart-wrenching. We didn’t know if she would survive, and that was something that we let hang over our heads but didn’t talk about. Breast milk was so important to her because it’s nature’s customised nutrition from a mother to a child. I beat myself up about it again and again.”

The guilty feelings haunted Jamie even as she visited her baby in hospital twice a day during the first two months. She said:“It broke my heart seeing Aly lying in the hospital with all these tubes sticking out of her. “I know, logically, that it’s not my fault that I couldn’t feed her, but that didn’t stop me from feeling upset about it.”
Disclaimer: This is NOT an image of Jamie Yeo’s baby.

Aly is now an adorable, chatty little 3-year old, but Yeo says she still has her insecurities and still feels guilty if she can’t spend enough time with her little girl.

Jamie’s story is important, and certainly not just because it’s about a celebrity. It shows us that even celebs in their oh-so-perfect worlds are not spared the anxieties and challenges that motherhood brings.

And it highlights how difficult breastfeeding a premature baby can be without proper support…even if you have already breastfed your other kids.

Tips on nourishing your preemie on the next page!

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