June 28, 2010 02:00 PM

Albert Michael/Startraks

For Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, returning to work just six weeks after the birth of daughter Krishna Thea, 4 months, has been a lesson in multitasking.

“I’m nursing right now while eating a sandwich, having my hair and make up done and talking to you,” she tells PopEater.

To bolster the breastfeeding relationship, Lakshmi goes on to reveal that she’s currently taking fenugreek supplements and that she avoids pumping whenever possible.

“I don’t like to pump, I’d rather just nurse,” she explains. “Sometimes I have to, but I’m not into the pumping. It feels very bovine.”

Lakshmi’s enthusiasm for motherhood is a different story, however. “It’s such a primal feeling,” she notes. “It’s so deep and intense.”

“Everything is better with her around,” she adds. “Anything from the beginning of the day till the end.”

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