Laura Perlongo and Catfish star reveal their breastfeeding struggle

The news that Laura Perlongo and Nev Schulman became proud parents to baby Cleo last Friday was pretty great, but we’re equally stoked that Laura is speaking candidly about the challenges of learning to feed her bub in those exhausting early days. Hopefully it will make other mums feel less alone.

Candid camera

Creative director and copyrighter Laura posted a really cute snap of the family-of-three to Instagram earlier today, and the accompanying caption was jam-packed with personal home truths.

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gotta be an earnest mom real quick – breastfeeding is hard. No one warned me my breasts would quadruple in size, turn into painful rocks and send me into a total meltdown days after giving birth. Thank god nev remembered someone had reached out to offer help in this arena which, weeks ago, we sort of brushed off… now i know we were very naive. I couldn't be more grateful to Jada Shapiro @birthdaypresence for coming over and teaching us how to deal these first few days and putting us on a path to success. I want to encourage new moms to get help BEFORE they need it and avoid the hopeless, uncontrollable crying you can still detect on my face in this picture. Apologies if this tmi but it felt important to share. im cool now. ily. #breaststart #birthdaypresence ✨

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While breastfeeding comes relatively easy to a tiny handful of new parents, Laura was like the majority of mums and things were more gruelling and painful than she’d expected.

The struggle is real

“Gotta be an earnest mom real quick – breastfeeding is hard,” Laura posted.

“No one warned me my breasts would quadruple in size, turn into painful rocks and send me into a total meltdown days after giving birth.”

Anyone who’s navigated those first days of mum life will know the awkwardness, the attachment attempts, the sensitive nipples and the constant demands of a hungry bub really do conspire to make things more difficult than is imaginable.

Boob school

Laura took to Instagram to chat about how real the struggle is, warning other mums that things aren’t always peachy, but help is at hand.

“I want to encourage new moms to get help BEFORE they need it and avoid the hopeless, uncontrollable crying you can still detect on my face in this picture. Apologies if this tmi but it felt important to share. im cool now,” she wrote.

Laura doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk, too. She called in the experts to help get things back on track.

“Thank god Nev remembered someone had reached out to offer help in this arena which, weeks ago, we sort of brushed off… now i know we were very naive. I couldn’t be more grateful to Jada Shapiro @birthdaypresence for coming over and teaching us how to deal these first few days and putting us on a path to success.”

Boob champions

Setting herself sturdily on the path to worldwide breastfeeding advocacy, she also shared this cute clip of baby Cleo making herself at home on the boob.

And there was that time she went boob proud (and pregnant) on the red carpet, too! #FreeTheNipple?

 

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cleo is all of us

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If you or someone you know is having issues breastfeeding, take a leaf out of Laura’s book and call in the experts. While you may not have the resources to get in-home breastfeeding support, your local Maternal and Child Health Nurse is another (free!) great place to start.

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