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Any workaholic would agree that it can be hard to put your job on hold for life events. Samantha Harris knows firsthand — she tried to postpone her delivery in order to host the fifth-season premiere of Dancing With the Stars last September! The TV personality, 34, tells FAMEbaby that balancing her career and motherhood — she and husband Michael Hess are parents to one-year-old Josselyn Sydney — isn’t always as easy as she’d like.
One way Samantha did bond with her daughter was through breastfeeding. "It’s something none of my friends from home were choosing to do, but alot of my L.A. friends were doing it. I knew it would be a challenge,but I thought that it was a wonderful choice to make if it works out." Though Samantha planned to stop nursing upon returning to work, she ended up battling mastitis, complicating her weaning period.
As for her baby’s name, it’s a tribute to both Samantha’s relationship with Michael and one of their daughter’s paternal great-grandmothers. "Early in our relationship, we went to Australia, and for some reasonwe had a conversation about how if we ever had a daughter together, weshould name her Sydney," she shares. "We just loved the name Josselyn, and the ‘J’ honors Michael’s grandmother, whom he lost."
For more on Samantha’s first year of motherhood, click here. Dancing With the Stars premieres tonight at 8/7c on ABC.