Carrie Underwood’s Most Candid Interview Ever: ‘Mom Guilt Is Real!’

10/14/2015 at 08:00 AM ET

Country star (and new mom!) Carrie Underwood opens up about body issues, breast-feeding struggles, and how she makes her marriage work. Subscribe now for exclusive family photos and an inside look into how she’s adjusting to motherhood, only in PEOPLE!

She’s a perfectionist onstage, but as a mom, Carrie Underwood is navigating the self-doubt that every parent feels when it comes to¬†having a new baby.

You feel guilty about every single thing, every decision you make, everything you do,” the Grammy-winning superstar, 32, tells PEOPLE in a candid new interview at the Nashville-area cabin she shares with her husband of five years, NHL star Mike Fisher, and their 7-month-old son Isaiah Michael.

When it comes to breast-feeding Isaiah, she says she plans to keep it up for “as long as I can take it. It’s hard. My supply is pretty nil. We have to supplement with formula. I’m doing the best that I can, you know?”

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The CMA Awards host, whose new album, Storyteller (preorder it here), is out Oct. 23, says she’s more “loosey-goosey” than she ever thought she’d be as a mom — and confesses that motherhood and marriage weren’t always where she saw her life going.

“I never dreamt of my wedding day and the perfect guy,” she says. “Then I met Mike, and I was like, ‘Wow, so now I know what I was missing.’ And the same with my son. I was never like, ‘I want kids so bad.’ And now that I have Isaiah in my life, I’m like, ‘What did I do before?’ ”

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For much more of Carrie Underwood’s intimate interview and exclusive personal photos, pick up the latest¬†issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Michelle Tauber

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mary on

Love Carrie, she is happy and has a great career.

Mellie on

Love Carrie too. Look forward to her new album.

helene jennings on

I just love Carrie and her music. She always keeps her music down to earth and real and on top of that she is classy, elegant and beautiful outside and inside.

Karina on

She seems like such a nice girl. She is very deserving of all her success.

Dawn on

I just love Carrie! Such a sweet girl that hasn’t let her fame get to her.

Texas Gal on

Joining the “I Love Carrie ” wagon too! Genuine, talented, down to earth and beautiful. Can’t wait to purchase her new album.! Wishing her continued happiness and success!

charlotte on

She is too darn cute! I am so happy that she found happiness in her personal life in addition to the huge success that she has become. Kudos!

Shell on

Love her and Mike together and their baby is gorgeous.
One question – do you think her ring is big enough? LOL.

Debbie on

Great voice and style!! Good luck to Carrie and her family.

blessedwithboys on

Carrie, don’t quit nursing. Just put the formula in a supplemental nursing system. That way, you can avoid all the bad side effects of bottle feeding. To avoid the risks of the formula itself, consider using donor milk.

Commentor on

She’s stayed happily grounded throughout her exciting career. A shining example all the way around.

Anonymous on

That’s too bad that Carrie’s having supply issues. Seems like that’s the case with a lot of women today. Makes you wonder if there’s literally something in the water!

Anonymus on

Yes love Carrie and deserves all her success.

layli on

I see u on every foment but I like it yes fish yes

Finny on

Well when you keep on coloring your fake blond hair all the time eventually it will get “Blown Away”