Eastenders star Lacey Turner decided against breastfeeding son Trilby following his premature birth

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Following her son Trilby's dramatic premature birth, Lacey Turner has revealed why she opted not to breastfeed her baby boy.

The Eastenders star, who recently put on a casual display while on a stroll, said that after he was rushed to a specialist unit by doctors, her priority was for her boy to be fed.

Speaking to Sunday Mirror's Notebook, the 32 year old admitted she was already in two minds about breastfeeding because of her difficult experience with first child Dusty, 18 months.

She explained: "I was 50/50 about doing it. I found it really difficult last time and Dusty found it stressful but I kept an open mind.


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"But then when he had to be in special care, I thought, 'Instead of trying my hardest to pump and get everything going, let's just keep it as easy as possible for everybody and keep him fed.

"He has his last feed at 11pm and then he wakes up around 3am, and then he's not up again until 7am!," the actress divulged.

The soap star and husband Matt Kay were only able to spend a few minutes with son Trilby at Watford General Hospital after he was taken to a specialist unit to be monitored following his premature arrival.

Lacey continued: "You have to think about everyone's health but it was so hard.

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"I didn't see him for nearly the whole of the first day as I couldn't go to the special care unit.

"You feel like you should give birth and your baby goes on your chest and stays there, but that wasn't the situation, which is sad.

"He was put on my chest and then Matt's, and then he was whisked off to special care, but at least we got that skin-on-skin," the mum-of-two shared.

"He lost quite a bit of weight at first, he went down to 5lb 8oz, but that's normal. He's well over his birth weight now and he's a good eater."

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Trilby had fluid on his lungs and had to be given antibiotics, and the brunette beauty heartbreakingly revealed it was devastating seeing her baby in that way.

"It's so strange to see your baby strapped up to loads of wires – I felt sorry for him.

"But he was only considered a week premature. I spoke to other mums there and realised how lucky we were. Some of their babies were born at 24 weeks."

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