EASTENDERS star Melissa Suffield clamped cabbage leaves on her boobs after being left in pain from breastfeeding her baby.
The 28-year-old Lucy Beale actress welcomed her first baby, son River, with fiancé Robert Brendan in March last year.
Opening up about her breastfeeding struggles with her 16,000 Instagram followers, she revealed that she’s been left with “lumpy” boobs which can often cause pain – where the breast tissue becomes inflamed.
The star shared a photo and showed off the cabbage leaf stuffed down her top, as she flashed a knowing look.
Melissa wrote: “Cabbage life. 10 days since I last pumped, and feeling a little lumpy bumpy. So time to employ a helping hand!”
While it might sound bonkers, a study by Cairo maternity hospital found that cold cabbage leaves can reduce engorgement which then leads to mastitis while also providing pain relief.
Melissa won praise from fans last week as she posed in a lacy lingerie set.
She said she was “ready to take back some ownership” after a year of breastfeeding and pumping for son River.
She posed in a white lingerie set from Beija London on her bed at her Kent home smiling in a series of snaps.
Melissa said: “Who knows where my body is going to go from now, but I’m all about doing what I can to make myself feel good TODAY.”
One fellow new mum told her: “You are gorgeous! I’ve not moved out of my giant knickers yet .”
Talking to her followers on Instagram, Melissa added: “Finishing breastfeeding after a year, I’m like OH HEY BODY, WELCOME BACK.
“It feels good to know I can start to concentrate on myself again, and take back some ownership after pregnancy and pumping.
“Starting on making little daily changes, whether that’s an extra caffeinated coffee, or underwear that isn’t for feeding a baby.