Meghan Trainor is the proud mom to her 5-month-old son, Riley, with husband Daryl Sabara. And today she’s opening up for the first time about her life as a new mom, and some of the struggles she faced in those early newborn days—struggles so many of us can relate to.
During an interview with TODAY‘s Hoda Kotb, Trainor opened up about her decision to give up on breastfeeding after she experienced difficulty producing breastmilk.
“I was pumping as soon as I got to my room after the C-section. (But) I really struggled making milk,” she said. “So finally, I was like, ‘I’m done.'”
Because breastfeeding and formula feeding are, unfortunately, often pitted against each other in our current society, Hoda mentioned that “people can be judgy” about how you choose to feed your baby. And because Trainor is in the public eye, she’s likely to face far more public criticism about her feeding choices than the average mom.
But Trainor said she hasn’t experienced much of that, especially in her real life.
“Everyone was like, ‘Good for you. I’m proud that you even tried,'” Trainor said. “I never felt guilty.”
It is so refreshing to hear a mom—any mom—refuse to succumb to the guilt and shame that stems from the many stigmas surrounding motherhood. Even as a mom who breastfed both of her babies, I can tell you there were plenty of times in those early days where I wanted to give up. My supply issue was the opposite—my letdown was so geyser-like, it gave both of my girls a wicked case of reflux, which is its own little nightmare to deal with. There’s nothing “easy” about making choices in new motherhood, and the less guilt we have the freedom to feel, the better.
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Kudos to Trainor for saying “no” to any guilt and doing what was best for her and little Riley.
As for life with her baby, she says he’s obsessed with his mama (because of course he is).
“If I walk in a room, he just lights up,” Trainor said. “No one told me, ‘He’s gonna love you so much and light up when you walk in a room. You’re like, ‘Oh my goodness. We’re his everything.'”
He also loves to sing along with his talented mom, which is honestly just heart-melting.
“I’ve seen him when I’m singing really soft, he’ll start to tear up.”
Well, he’s not the only one. Whew, how cute! Congrats to the new mama and her sweet family.