Melissa Rycroft Opens Up About Trouble With BreastfeedingChris Rogers
Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland welcomed their first child, Ava Grace, on February 16. But raising their daughter wasn’t always easy.
The 28-year-old mom opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her 4-month-old daughter, her breast reduction surgery that left her unable to breastfeed, and her postpartum weight loss.
CBS: How have you adjusted to motherhood?
MR: “I don’t know if you ever fully adjust to motherhood. It sort of becomes who you are and what you do. I look at my life five months ago and I really don’t remember what I did all day! My life, literally, every minute of every day revolves around Ava and her schedule: ‘Is she hungry, or sleepy, or does she need to play?’ It’s about what can we do today as opposed to what am I going to do today.
The few times that I have had a bit of free time during the day, I’ve sat at home and said to myself, ‘Well this feels awkward!’ I’m so used to having this little one around me that I almost don’t know what to do with myself when I don’t have her. I guess motherhood has just become me and defined me.”
CBS: Are you breastfeeding?
MR: “No, I wasn’t able to breastfeed. I had a breast reduction when I was 19 and so it was one of those, ‘maybe I will, maybe I won’t’ situations. I just wasn’t physically able to breastfeed. I would sit and pump for hours and hours and hours and produced nothing. Not even a drop would come out. It was a tough decision to give up trying. I really wanted to give it a shot and I really wanted to bond with her that way.
With a breast reduction, it all depends on how the surgery goes. I was pretty large to begin with, so they did have to move around a lot of the bodywork. During the process, some of the tubes got disconnected.
Obviously, breastfeeding is the No. 1 thing you can do for your child, and when it’s not an option it’s hard. But I had to come to terms with the fact that I just can’t do it. She’s thriving, she’s happy and she’s healthy and she did that without mom’s help.”
CBS: You look amazing at 4 months postpartum! What’s your secret?
MR: “I sure wish there was a secret! I wish there was a magic pill after having a baby that would just magically transform your body back. But there’s not and I think there are a lot of factors that attributed to getting my body back. I’m still not back to where I was and I’m not even looking to get back where I was.
I think first and foremost, I didn’t feel pressure. I didn’t feel that I had to lose the weight and look good. I took a couple months off work so there was no industry pressure for me whatsoever. And I didn’t have any pressure from Tye. He consistently told me throughout my pregnancy that I looked beautiful and looked great. And I also had luck on my side. I gained about 50 pounds, but a lot of it was boob, water and healthy weight because it didn’t take a lot to get it off.
I dieted my butt off! Probably about three weeks after Ava was born, I started cutting basically everything out: No sugar, no carbs, no starchy anything, no sodium. I ate pretty bland. So it didn’t take very long after I started doing that before I started to really notice the weight really coming off. It’s no way to live and I definitely don’t do that anymore but it kick-started it and got me back to where I am.”
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