Monday 21 August 2017

Reality star Sam Faiers praised for breastfeeding on live TV

Sam Faiers breastfed her son Paul on This Morning. Picture: ITV.
Sam Faiers breastfed her son Paul on This Morning. Picture: ITV.
Sam Faiers breastfed her son Paul on This Morning. Picture: ITV.
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

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.

Sam Faiers breastfed her son Paul on This Morning. Picture: ITV.
Sam Faiers breastfed her son Paul on This Morning. Picture: ITV.

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.

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