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Helen Flanagan opens up about having a ‘challenging’ time with motherhood

‘I’ve felt so drained’: Helen Flanagan details her ‘challenging’ time with motherhood as she decides to stop breastfeeding son Charlie, 13 months

Helen Flanagan opened up about having a ‘challenging’ time with motherhood on Instagram on Sunday as she decided to stop breastfeeding.

The 31-year-old, who is mum to Matilda, six, three-year-old Delilah and Charlie, 13 months, with her fiancé Scott Sinclair, revealed to her one million followers that she has decided to get childcare help. 

The former Corrie star plans to stop breastfeeding and has found help for the first time.

‘I’ve felt so drained’: Helen Flanagan detailed her ‘challenging’ time with motherhood and announced she has decided to stop breastfeeding son Charlie, 13 months

She explained: ‘I’ve decided to stop feeding. I’ve really enjoyed nursing Charlie but the past month I’ve just had enough. 

‘Today was the first day I’m trying to gradually wean him off during the day (he feeds too much).

‘I love being a mum and I’m so grateful for my babies, but I’ve just felt so drained so making some changes.’

Helping hand: The former Corrie star revealed her plans to stop breastfeeding and has found childcare help for the first time

Helping hand: The former Corrie star revealed her plans to stop breastfeeding and has found childcare help for the first time

She explained: 'I've decided to stop feeding. I've really enjoyed nursing Charlie but the past month I've just had enough'

She explained: ‘I’ve decided to stop feeding. I’ve really enjoyed nursing Charlie but the past month I’ve just had enough’ 

Helen continued: ‘Found the past weeks quite challenging with mum life. I think it’s quite good to be honest as we see such perfect images of motherhood on social media.

‘I’ve never had any childcare for Charlie but I’ve decided to get some this week. To help him eat more and get off the boob. It’s just different stages and they will pass.’

Previously, Helen explained how Charlie refused to eat and preferred breast milk instead.

Family: The 31-year-old, who is mum to Matilda, six, three-year-old Delilah and Charlie, 13 months, with her fiancé Scott Sinclair, revealed that she has decided to get childcare help

Family: The 31-year-old, who is mum to Matilda, six, three-year-old Delilah and Charlie, 13 months, with her fiancé Scott Sinclair, revealed that she has decided to get childcare help

Earlier this month, the actress, who is best loved for playing Rosie Webster on the cobbles, revealed that all three of her children had caught scarlet fever.

Scarlet fever is a contagious infection that mostly affects young children but is easily treated with antibiotics. 

A main symptom of scarlet fever is a rash of small, raised spots while some also suffer with flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands.    

Under the weather: Earlier this month, Helen revealed that all three of her children were ill with scarlet fever

Under the weather: Earlier this month, Helen revealed that all three of her children were ill with scarlet fever 

Taking to Instagram, Helen shared a snap of Delilah napping on the sofa while she battled with the infection.   

She penned: ‘All the kids have Scarlet Fever. Glad to know what it is after Delilah not been herself and the medicine to treat it.’

Parents have been warned to be on their guard for chickenpox and scarlet fever as cases rise among children across the country.  

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued the warning to parents after nearly 3,500 cases of scarlet fever were reported between September 2021 and March 2022 in England.

What is scarlet fever? 

  • Scarlet fever is usually mild, but highly infectious, prompting UKHSA to warn parents to be vigilant.
  • Symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache and fever with a pink or red rash on the skin.  
  • Early treatment is important as it helps to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and the transmission of infection.
  • Those diagnosed with scarlet fever should stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment. 
  • Those infected should practice good hygiene including hand washing and not sharing utensils.
  • Rare symptoms of scarlet fever can arise when it circulates at the same time as other skin infections, including chickenpox.
  • One rare complication can include septicemia, an infection in the blood, which can potentially be fatal. 
  • Parents who suspect their child has scarlet fever should seek medical advise via their GP or by calling 111 

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