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Laura Whitmore shares breastfeeding story to raise awareness

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Love Island host Laura Whitmore has shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby girl to reassure mums they can breastfeed in public.

The 36-year-old TV presenter shared the rare photo of her and husband Iain Stirling's daughter on Instagram to mark Brestfeeding Awareness Week, and urged others to feel less embarrassed about the practice.

In the caption, she wrote: "I get a bit anxious talking about my child on this space as I feel so protective but I wanted to talk about breastfeeding.

"This isn't knocking anyone who doesn't but it's #breastfeedingawarenessweek and I know so many new mums don't get the support they need like the encouragement of feeding in the golden hour after birth and that it's ok to feed in public without feeling you should hide away.

"Feeding your baby is your number one priority. I've exclusively breastfed for over four months so far- it's free and no washing up!"

The Irish star, who is currently hosting the latest series of the hit ITV2 dating show, gave birth to her first child, reportedly named Stevie Re, in April. She and Iain have largely chosen to keep their new arrival out of the spotlight and she has rarely posted images of her on social media.

Opening up about her experiences of working while being a new mum, she added: "I've also been supported, having my baby on set or being able to pump for the odd feed."

The star went on to explain that she hoped opening up about her breastfeeding would help others who had less support than her.

"Anyway hoping a picture of me with my t**s out doesn't offend you and encourages women to feed if they need! I was just so shocked a lot of women don't have enough support or embarrassed to feed in public.

"Breast milk is full of everything your baby needs and recommended by @who (the World Health Organization). It's magic stuff! And remember to please support new mums and dads trying to navigate parenthood their way."

After sharing the image, the star was inundated with supportive messages, including ones from singers Paloma Faith and Kimberley Walsh.

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