Naomi Watts Says Liev Schreiber Contemplated Using a 'Man Boob'

02/19/2009 at 07:00 PM ET

She’s praised him as a hands-on dad previously, and in a Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show actress Naomi Watts shared just how hands-on Liev Schreiber was — at one time — willing to be! At night when Naomi is breastfeeding the couple’s 9 ½-week-old son Samuel ‘Sammy’ Kai, Liev is in charge of Sammy’s big brother, 18 ½-month-old Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pete. The couple’s first son has regressed since they welcomed their second, according to Naomi. “He know that every time that Sammy cries he’s getting fed,” she explained. “He’s like ‘Hey, what about me? Give me a bottle.'” That Sasha needs tending to is actually a step-up for Liev, who was frustrated after Sasha’s birth when he had no role to play at night. A laughing Naomi revealed,

“He was like ‘I want the man boob.’ You can get those things…You can attach them and they feed through a tube, to create the bonding experience.”

There was no laughter as Naomi shared that she’s still getting very little sleep. “I’m feeding all through the night,” she lamented. “He’s still eating every three to four hours.” The deprivation is taking a toll! “I’m really never grounded these days…I feel like I’m always five steps behind,” she said. As for Sammy, Naomi revealed that the couple were plagued with indecision when it came to choosing a name. “We couldn’t decide, we literally couldn’t decide on the name until we got to the hospital,” she shared. “Even three days after!”

“We liked both Samuel and Kai and we still couldn’t decide if we wanted to go Kai Samuel or Samuel Kai. It’s Samuel Kai now, and we call him Sammy. But that’s a bit of a baby name so we’ll probably [call him Samuel].”

Naomi’s new film The International is in theaters now.

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Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Watch a video of the appearance in the extended post!

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Amber on

I feel your pain, Naomi! My youngest was still feeding every 3 hours until he was 14 months old and I booted him out of my bed and into his own room. Once he didn’t have access all night he didn’t care, once in his own room he never woke up for night feedings.

moviefan on

I like Samuel Kai🙂

Maddie on

I’ve never seen Naomi being interviewed before, she’s so sweet! They seem like such a lovely family

Maddie on

In New Zealand, Kai is the Maori word for food…I wonder if Naomi knows that, lol.

Lorus on

Wow, 7.5 weeks and he’s feeding every 3-4 hours? She should consider herself lucky! My baby was still nursing every 1.5-2h at that point. I can’t imagine having a toddler to run after during the day and having a newborn though. I’ll find out soon enough when we have another.

Linda on

My first son regressed too after my second son was born. My toddler used to sleep through the night 4-5 times a week. After my newborn was born, he only sleeps through the night 1-2 times a week.

I was breastfeeding my first son back to sleep for the first 6-7 months. I didn’t get much sleep either until he was close to 1 year old when he finally slept through the night.

Thank goodness they picked Samuel Kai, not vice versa. Hooray for a celebrity who’s children actually have normal names!!

eternalcanadian on

It doesn’t sound like Naomi pumps the breast milk so Liev can take over some feedings and let Naomi sleep?

Anna on

I think there are many woman that don’t enjoy pumping, so she might not want to pump just so she can sleep more. She probably weighed the two things against each other.

lavamouse on

kai also means ocean in hawaii🙂

PR on

Kai is a common German name. Liev has German roots.

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