This week while guest co-hosting Red Table Talk, Kelly Osbourne opened up about her decision not to breastfeed. Osbourne, who is pregnant with her first child, says she’s been on the receiving end of judgment from family and friends over her decision.
“I have chosen to stay on my medication instead of breastfeeding and the judgment that I have received from my friends and also extended family [is wild],” Kelly Osbourne said on Tuesday.
She explained that people have told her that she is “gonna miss out on that bonding period” by not breastfeeding. Osbourne says she’s choosing not to breastfeed in order to remain on her current medication regimen, though she didn’t specify what medication. Many medications are unable to be administered to pregnant and breastfeeding women, however.
“I’m like, “Don’t you think I know that?'” Osbourne says, exasperated. “What kind of mother am I gonna be if I start going backwards, if I start being self-destructive?”
The daughter of Ozzy and Sharon has been open about her struggles with substance abuse, even saying her addictions began when she was as young as 13.
The TV personality said she ended almost four years of sobriety in April 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic was waning, triggered into drinking alcohol again after seeing a couple sipping champagne.
“I was alone, sitting by a pool and waiting for somebody to come have a meeting with me. And I saw this woman and her husband had a glass of champagne. It looked really nice and I was like, ‘I can do that, too,’” she said on the Facebook show last year. “And the next day, I had two glasses. And the day after that, it was bottles.”
Osbourne talked with co-hosts Adrienne Banfield-Norris, a recovering addict, as well as Hayden Panettiere, also a recovering addict, about her concerns over relapsing should she forgo her medication in order to nurse her child.
This week, singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor opened up about her decision to take low-dose anti-depressants during her pregnancy with her son, Riley. She also faced judgment from NICU nurses over her anti-depressant use when her newborn son ended up staying in the NICU for five days after his birth.
They kept asking me if I was on antidepressants during the pregnancy, and I was, but on the lowest dose possible, and all my doctors said it was safe and wouldn’t affect him,” she said in an interview.
Osbourne, who announced her pregnancy in May, says she can’t listen to other people’s opinions about her motherhood decisions.
“It has to be what’s best for me, what’s gonna be the best for my baby,” she said.