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Supermodel Niki Taylor on Natural Childbirth and Breastfeeding

Niki Taylor and Rex.

Niki Taylor is looking and feeling great just seven months after giving birth to son Rex. Amazingly, she’s lost all of the 55 pounds she gained during her pregnancy – largely through junk-food cravings, she admits – by working out, gradually getting back to jogging and eating right.

In an exclusive interview with CelebrityBabyScoop.com, the supermodel talks frankly about her experiences with breastfeeding and natural birth – and while she may elicit some grumbles from moms who have firm opinions about either or both topics, Niki deserves credit for speaking up for what worked for her.

The site’s reporter interviewed Niki, an ambassador for The American Red Cross, at an event benefiting the Nexcare give Campaign and promoting World Blood Donor Day. (Niki has been passionate about the cause of blood donation ever since she was involved in an accident and needed more than 100 pints of blood to stay alive.)

She discussed her experience with natural childbirth, an option she chose both with Rex and with her three-year-old daughter, Ceil. Niki also has 17-year-old twin sons, Jake and Hunter, and she regrets having an epidural during their birth. “I felt terrible afterwards,” she says. “I really feel like because it’s in the spinal cord, it took so much out of me. I felt so depressed. So I encourage women to have drug-free births.”

Having Rex naturally, she says, made her feel like she was “floating on cloud nine.” Her recovery was also so rapid that she was able to go home the next afternoon.

We tend to think that women who support natural birth must prefer other natural childrearing practices, too – but there’s one area in which Niki goes against that grain.She doesn’t breastfeed Rex, and she raised Ceil on formula as well. Niki says she tried to breastfeed Jake and Hunter, but only one of the twins latched well, and pumping was painful. “And Jake has all these allergies, where Hunter doesn’t have allergies,” she says, countering the argument that breast milk can help prevent allergies. “So I decided not to breastfeed, but my babies do amazing on formula.”

Rex is thriving – his mom calls him “the happiest baby ever” – and he and his sister are “the best of friends already.”

Niki describes her life now as “truly blessed. It’s like I got a second chance at life, especially after my accident. I feel incredibly blessed by all the donors who came out and gave blood so that I could be sitting here talking to you. And I met an incredible man and married him. Then to have two more healthy babies is truly amazing.”

So what’s your take on natural birth and formula? Would you advise other moms to try either one?

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