Peter Andre’s wife Emily MacDonagh has opened up about the ‘guilt’ she felt when she discovered that her son Theo was experiencing a ‘really severe’ condition which required surgery.
Speaking to OK! magazine, the mum-of-two explained that her youngest child had been diagnosed with tongue-tie, which, as a qualified doctor, she felt she should have noticed.
‘It was actually my breastfeeding counsellor who looked in his mouth and said it looked like he had it,’ Emily, 27, revealed in her new exclusive column for the mag.
‘I took him to the tongue-tie clinic and they said it was really severe, with 80% tongue-tie, so they arranged for him to have it cut.’
‘I didn’t pick up on it and I’m a doctor. I felt guilty, I should have looked in his mouth and thought about tongue-tie. When they’re yours you don’t look at them as a patient.’
‘I had so much milk but he has really struggled with feeding,’ she continued.
‘Over the first couple of months his weight plummeted, he was suffering with reflux and I had mastitis three times and I was really sick.’
‘It was only when he was three months that we discovered he had really bad tongue-tie. It explained why he wasn’t breastfeeding properly and why I kept getting infections.’
Emily, who welcomed Theo in November 2016, added that the operation that the operation he had to undergo was ‘traumatic’, saying: ‘Pete and I were both crying when Theo had his operation.’
‘Once they’d finished, they brought him straight out for me to breastfeed and he took to it straight away. We were both in tears.’
Theo, now five months old, is now feeding and sleeping much better, to the family’s relief, as Emily said that she’d ‘almost had a nervous breakdown’ when he was underweight.
‘I’m really proud I’ve overcome everything with my infections and him not gaining weight,’ she concluded.
Read more in this week’s issue of OK! magazine, on sale now