Meghan Trainor is opening up about her difficult breastfeeding experience after giving birth to son Riley, now 1.
In a new interview for the podcast Not skinny but not fatTrainor, 28, details her “traumatic” C-section birth as well as the “nightmare” experience she endured when her body couldn’t produce enough milk.
“My babies never made milk,” the singer said. Making things even more difficult, she added, was that no one in her family knew how to approach the problem. “My families were cows, like, they all lactated and had extra milk. I had nothing.”
Riley is the first and only son Trainor shares with pop star and actor husband Daryl Sambara, 30.
The singer later explained that, for three months, she had to attach a feeding tube to her nipple while feeding baby Riley in an attempt to ‘trick’ her body into thinking she was breastfeeding – hoping it would force her breasts to pump enough milk. Instead, the ordeal created more anxiety.
“They told me my nipples were too small to fit in his mouth,” she explained. “We had a breast milk feeding tube attached to my nipple trying to pretend I was fooling my body [thinking] I’m breastfeeding.”
“[Nurses] it was like, “This is the new amazing drug, or the new way, that just came out this year. I was like, this sucks,” she said. “Like, it’s just stuck to my nipple. It’s a feeding tube that my husband pushes milk through [and] splashes all over his face.”
Although she tried to pump as much milk as she could while bottle-feeding Riley, she says it never seemed to be enough to give her baby the nutrients she needed.
“It was a nightmare,” he explained. “But we did, and after three months, my pediatrician said, ‘Stop it. You look exhausted. It does not gain weight. Let’s put more formula on it.’ And I was kind of, great, I say. As long as the coach says “out”, I’m good. At least I know I went as far as I could.”
The experience was the latest in a series of “traumatic” events following the difficult birth of baby Riley.
While touching on the wild journey she and Sabara went through the day Riley was born, Trainor explained that because Riley was breached, doctors performed a C-section. When he was finally free, she remembers not hearing him cry.
“It was seven minutes to get him out of there — and you feel movement and smell it and hear it — and then they popped him out,” she recalled. “It was like the biggest pimple I’ve ever popped and I’m looking forward to it [him to] cry and I didn’t cry.”
“I finally said, ‘Where’s that scream?’ And they’d say, ‘Well, it’s not doing so well,'” he continued. “Then my husband said, ‘Can she see him?’ And he was like, “No, we really have to go.” And then some nurse grabbed it [Riley]He showed him to me, I took my photo and they left.”
“It was traumatic,” he added.
Regardless of the experience, however, she credits becoming a mom with helping her realize that if she can overcome it, then she can achieve anything in life.
“I’ve wanted a baby since I was 20, so I was ready and excited,” she said. “When I had a baby I was like, ‘There’s nothing I can’t do.’ This is the hardest thing we’ve ever done, and now I’m like, oh, everything [else] it’s easy. Piece of cake, let’s rock.”
Trainor has spoken about the joys of motherhood before. In an interview with Yahoo Life last year, the singer couldn’t help but give credit where credit is due.
“I’m mean,” she said at the time. “I didn’t know how strong I was. A lot of people say, ‘Wow, you’re so tough and strong.’ And I’m always in my head [thinking], No, I am so weak. What do you mean? And I feel it too 16 and pregnant — I feel so young in my head.”
“Going to the doctor by myself, I really had to be an adult and I’m very impressed with myself,” she added of her pregnancy. “I know now that I can accomplish anything. I’m like, if I can get through this c-section, man, I can do anything.”
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