'It was sucking the energy from me': Kate Upton opens up about breastfeeding

Photo: Kate Upton / Instagram
Photo: Kate Upton / Instagram 

Kate Upton has opened up about the physical toll of breastfeeding, sharing that nursing her baby left her with no energy.

In an interview with Editorialist, Upton, who welcomed her daughter Genevieve "VeVe" with husband Justin Verlander in November 2018, reflects on feeling "so much pressure to be doing all these things, like breastfeeding on the go."

"Breastfeeding was sucking the energy away from me," the 27-year-old notes, explaining that she needed to "calm down" and allow her body time to recover.

Kate Upton/Instagram
Kate Upton/Instagram 

It's the second time the mum has been candid about her challenges with breastfeeding. In an interview with Kelly Clarkson last year, she noted that having no energy means you don't "feel like yourself".

"It is so difficult and something people need to talk about more," she said.

The actress and model who has over six million followers on Instagram, has also changed her views on social media since becoming a mother.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I want to be enjoying my life, enjoying my family, not constantly trying to take the perfect picture," she says. "I think my husband wants me to throw my phone away. We talk about it in the house all the time: 'Let's have a phone-free dinner.'

"We don't want [our daughter] thinking being on the phone is all that life is."

Upton is also taking a stand against the push for women to be "perfect all the time".

"We went from Photoshopping covers on magazines to Photoshopping our everyday lives — you know, a picture of you at the grocery store," she says. It's getting more extreme ...The industry has to be the trendsetter, to show there's more than just having the perfect brand or messaging. We don't need that in our lives. We need connections." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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