First-time mom Audrey Roloff has opened up about her painful breastfeeding journey in her latest Instagram post on Nov. 13.
The Little People, Big World star revealed she became "severely engorged" just 24 hours after Ember Jean was born, meaning her breasts were painfully overly full of milk.
The mom-of-one then came down with mastitis - a condition which caused her breast tissue to become painful and inflamed.
Alongside a snap of her cuddling Ember, who was born on Sept. 10, Audrey wrote: "l always thought breastfeeding was a choice.
The nurses at the hospital admitted to it being the worse case they’d ever seen.
"But after Ember was born, l realized that for some people, it’s not a choice."
"My breastfeeding journey has not been easy," she continued. "About 24 hours after Ember was born, l became severely engorged. The nurses at the hospital admitted to it being the worse case they’d ever seen."
The new mom said "feeding was so painful" because she was "badly blistered/bruised."
She added: "Not to mention, what [nurses] had to do to 'get me flowing' was excruciating."
Audrey, who is married to Jeremy Roloff, revealed they later found out that Ember had a "significant lip and tongue tie."
But the pain didn't stop there.
Just three days after arriving home with their daughter, Audrey came down with mastitis.
She revealed the combination of the antibiotics, stress, Ember's lip and tongue tie, sleep deprivation and some "misguided medical advice" her milk supply "completely tanked."
"I was devastated," Audrey admitted. "Ember was having trouble gaining weight and [doctors] were concerned."
Audrey concluded the lengthy post on a more positive note: "Here we are two months later and Ember has been exclusively breastfeeding for the past 5 weeks!!
"Two days ago l came down with mastitis again... but l was reminded that even though this journey still poses its challenges."
Audrey was praised for being so open about her struggles.
One fan commented: "Mastitis is THE worst. So sorry you are going through that again," while another said: "You’re doing good Mama! Mastitis is no joke..."