Louise McSharry: 'Breast-feeding was a battle, I'm sad it didn't work out'
RTE's Louise McSharry has told of how hard she found breast-feeding her new baby Sam.
The 2fm presenter (33) said that just because something is natural, it does not mean that it is easy.
"Breast-feeding is so hard, and I know that it comes easily to some people and I'm really envious of those people.
"It was a real, real battle for us and this is the solution we've come to where he's still getting the goods but it was less frustrating for both of us. It's tough," she said.
She is now doing combination feeding and said that her eight-week-old baby, with husband Gordon Spierin, is thriving as a result, but says she had a tough few weeks trying to breast-feed exclusively.
"I think it's important to say it because before I had Sam, I was so determined. I'm a bit sad that it didn't work out the way that I hoped it would, that we don't have this beautiful feeding relationship," she said.
"I really wanted that but it wasn't happening and I had to make a decision based on what was right for both of us.
"Even before I had Sam, I think I might have been a little bit 'judgey'. I might have thought, 'oh people don't try hard enough or whatever,' and having done it now, I feel like an idiot for ever having thought that. It is so difficult and I think every woman has to make a decision for herself."
She said that there is often too much pressure on a new mother to go down the natural route and people should not be so judgemental.
"There's something weird that happens with women when they become pregnant and then become mothers.
"All of a sudden, people feel a weird ownership over them and people think they can judge them and make comments on decisions that they make and that's just really unfair. I've been really lucky. People have been so supportive."
She is now enjoying her maternity leave ahead of returning to 2fm next year.
"I haven't thought about the specifics yet. I'm really lucky with my hours, they're pretty good for kids as I don't work 9-5. That must be really difficult," she said.
She was all smiles at her first photocall since becoming a mother as she helped a new initiative, Dublin One, which promotes businesses.
Louise herself is a proud Northsider. "I now live in Glasnevin but I lived in Capel Street for years and absolutely loved it," she added.