Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr has opened up about her struggles with motherhood.
Sixteen years after giving birth to her first child, she has shared what motherhood was like for her.
She told Good Health, "At that time - 16 years ago - everything we were shown about motherhood was like something out of a Kleenex commercial! For me, it was the complete opposite.”
She continued, talking about her father Jim who had died when she was six months pregnant, of a heart attack in 2001 at the age of 61.
"I know I was still mourning dad, but I really didn't enjoy being a mum.
"My baby was up all night and all day, I didn't like breastfeeding and I just didn't know what to do. I thought I was a failure.”
Though she first thought she was suffering from post-natal depression, she later realised that being a stay-at-home mum was not for her.
She revealed to The Australian Woman’s Weekly, "I was one of those mums who at three months just thought, 'I wish I was better at this but I'm just not. I actually hate this. I'm a terrible mother’.
"I realised I needed to just get out of the house and do something for me and get back to work because I loved it, I loved my job.
"I had to stop breastfeeding which I didn't particularly love either – sue me – and I had done that for a few months and just had to leave to come back and be a better mum."
Natalie now has two beautiful boys, 16-year-old Lachlan and 12-year-old Hunter, to her husband Andrew, crediting their successful marriage to regular communication and brutal honesty.
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