Stacey Dooley gets honest about breastfeeding as she shares apology with fans

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Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley has opened up about the realities of breastfeeding and caring for her young daughter, and apologised to fans as she may not be able to spend as much time with them during her current tour.

Stacey is currently visiting venues across the UK with her In Conversation with Stacey Dooley show. She explained that she is still breastfeeding baby Minnie, and is therefore on a tight schedule after leaving the stage for the evening.

Writing on Instagram Stories, the documentarian told followers: "I'm so sorry I can't stop and properly hang out with you all after the shows.

"I'm flying solo with my baby and she's still on the boob so I have to rush off stage and get straight in cab to feed her etc and get her to bed.

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"I'm SO SO SO GRATEFUL to every single person that comes along. I truly am. Pls don't think I'm being big time. I'm just tryna juggle atm... so I'm genuinely sorry if I can't sign books or have a selfie."

As for the "flying solo" part, that's because Stacey's partner Kevin Clifton (who she raised the Glitterball trophy with on Strictly five years ago) is currently on the road himself with Strictly Ballroom: The Musical.

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In Conversation with Stacey Dooley tackles motherhood, mental health, poverty, addiction and the pressures of social media and follows on from Stacey's book Are You Really OK?

The tour's next stop is at London's Barbican Centre next Monday (June 12), where she will be joined by Katie Piper, with further shows across the UK until June 22.

Meanwhile, Dooley's latest BBC documentary Ready for War? premiered in April, and chronicled the training undertaken by Ukrainian civilians with members of the British armed forces before they head off to fight Russian troops.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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