Is Olivia Wilde the most dazzling breastfeeding mom ever?
This photo makes a case for it, although the actress and new mom swears she typically doesn’t look so fancy while nursing son Otis Alexander, 3 months.
“You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. [But] I mean, I certainly don’t really look like that when I’m [typically] breastfeeding. And there’s usually a diaper involved,” she tells Glamour for its September cover story.
Even so, Wilde, 30, expresses no regrets about the breastfeeding picture, which features her nursing in a Roberto Cavalli dress while sitting in a diner-style restaurant booth.
She says the image simply captures the reality of her life now (minus the couture).
“Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that,” she says. “Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we’ve been discussing — that we know we can be.”
Wilde, who will cohost the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards this fall, has an ideal role model as she navigates her way through working motherhood: her own mother, Leslie Cockburn, an award-winning journalist and onetime Princeton professor.
When asked whether she worried about becoming a working mother, Wilde said “No, because of the example of my mom. My mom is such a badass working mother. That inspired me when I was pregnant. I wasn’t going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother.”
Also on the busy actress’s agenda? A wedding to fiancé Jason Sudeikis — not that they’re in any hurry.
“We’re engaged, but no specific [wedding] plans yet — we just have to find the time to put it together,” she says.
“In many ways, a child is more of a commitment. We are fully committed and really happy as a family.”
“There’s no definition of the ‘normal family’ anymore,” she adds. “Kids today are growing up with so many different definitions of family. I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t feel any pressure to do it. But I think it will be really fun.”
— Kathy Ehrich Dowd