Reality star Sam Faiers praised for breastfeeding on live TV
Published 13/10/2016 | 10:10
Reality star Samantha Faiers has won praise for breastfeeding on live TV.
The former The Only Way is Essex star breastfed her 10-month-old son Paul during an interview with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
After being stuck in traffic and missing her original slot on the show, Faiers brought the tot along with her to nurse live on air.
"She's only just got her opportunity to feed baby Paul - when it happens, it has to happen," said Willloughby.
The 25-year-old covered her son under a blanket while she was feeding him, which Schofield emphasised to viewers was her choice.
“Before you say: ‘Oh they’ve covered the baby up, they’ve covered him up’, this was Sam’s choice”, he said.
Viewers of the show and fans of the star were full of praise for the new mum's honesty and "normalising" breastfeeding.
"Amazing to see Samantha Faiers breastfeeding live on TV," wrote one user on Twitter.
"Empowering so many mothers to breastfeed in public when their baby is hungry."
"So much respect for Sam feeding live on This Morning," wrote another.
During the interview, the television personality revealed that she wants to have four more children with her boyfriend Paul, but she wants to get married first.
"Paul and I want five children,” she said.
“We don’t want too long a gap between babies, but I want to wait until we’re married.”
Faiers has previously received support from her fans for sharing her breastfeeding journey on social media by posting photos to Instagram and videos to Snapchat.
Never paid attention to Sam Faiers in my life and I can't stand TOWIE but massive fair play to her for breastfeeding live on TV #natural— ariane jamieson (@arianelauren) October 12, 2016
I'm so happy that Sam Faiers is being praised for breastfeeding on tv..it's normal life, it's motherhood, it's nursing her son— Witch Bitch (@chelseaoak_) October 12, 2016
The only thing offensive about Sam Faiers breastfeeding on TV is the fact she named a baby Paul.— vicky (@victoriaflynn) October 12, 2016