Jessica Knappet has been open with her fans about her breastfeeding journey.
The Inbetweeners Movie actress has been praised by her followers for being honest about her struggles with breastfeeding, admitting the whole thing was very “painful and depressing” for her.
The 36-year-old comedy writer and actress spoke about the “pressure” on women to breastfeed and always get it right.
“I had quite a hard time breastfeeding – I found it painful and depressing as I had a condition called D-Mer, which gives you depressive thoughts during feeding, so in the end I pumped a lot and I was lucky that my husband was around to help because it was still a lot of work.
“Breastfeeding is great but there is way too much pressure on women to get it right and you can feel like you’re failing at a time when you’re already a bit broken.”
Jessica went on to urge women to pick the right path for themselves rather than feel any pressure from others.
She added: “So, all I wanted to say is however you feed your baby is great and do whatever YOU want because they’re your t*ts and it’s your baby.
“Anyway, off to have lunch with Yoshi. Ciao! X”
Other mums shared their own experiences in the comments section of her post.
“I was only talking about this today! I had the same. I would cry every time. I’m amazed more people don’t know about it!” one wrote.
“I found pumping better although I was always ridiculously immature about it and found it hilarious!”
Another added: “The first breast feeding awareness post I’ve seen with the message that it’s ok not to breastfeed.
“there IS far too much pressure on new mums.”
A third person wrote: “Thankyou so much for highlighting this, I think far more women go through this than we know, currently breastfeeding my second daughter and its bloody hard work!”
Jessica had previously urged the industry to support pregnant women and mums more by hiring them to do jobs.
Sharing a post, which discussed the balance between family life – specifically parenting – and careers, she wrote: “I remembered how cool it was that @phlaimeaux@hattrickprod & Sky Comedy hired me for their pilot in 2017 even though I was 9 months pregnant and playing a man.
“When you’re preggers and freelance you really need people to keep hiring you. We don’t all have savings, & it gets scary.
“so all I want to say is hire pregnant women and mums! (If they want to be hired. If they don’t want to work then don’t make them, they might be quite tired) xxxxx”