Kate Upton felt 'so much pressure' breastfeeding newborn daughter

Kate Upton

Kate Upton felt "so much pressure" when she first started breastfeeding her daughter.

The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed Genevieve in November 2018 with baseball player husband Justin Verlander, has admitted in a new interview that she found being a new mother overwhelming.

The 27-year-old shared her struggles in a cover story for Editorialist magazine, revealing that she felt "so much pressure" as a first-time mother "to be doing all these things, like breastfeeding on the go."

"The reality, for me, was that breastfeeding was sucking the energy away from me. I realised I needed to calm down, to allow my body to recover," Kate added.

Despite the difficulties, she insisted motherhood has changed her for the better and has made it a priority to focus on her daughter and limit the amount of time she and husband Justin spend on their phones.

"Having VeVe changed my life in such a wonderful way," she explained. "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.' I want to be enjoying my life, enjoying my family, not constantly trying to take the perfect picture."

Elsewhere in the interview, The Other Woman star also shared her passion to become a "positive influence" in the modelling industry and do more than just "playing dress up".

"There's definitely movement toward being more inclusive, representing a more diverse model, and not having a definition of what a model is anymore," Kate stated. "But obviously, there's a lot more that needs to be done."

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