Naya Rivera’s Blog: The Excitement (and Exhaustion!) of Breastfeeding

12/03/2015 at 06:45 PM ET

Celebrity blogger Naya Rivera is a new mom!

The actress is best known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee.

Rivera, 28, and Justified actor Ryan Dorsey, 32, tied the knot in July 2014 during a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The couple welcomed their first child — a son named Josey Hollis — in September.

You can also find the first-time mom on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @NayaRivera.

Naya Rivera son Josey blog
10 weeks – Courtesy Naya Rivera; Inset Getty

On September 17, at 8:31 a.m., my life changed forever. I went from being pregnant with my first child (for what felt like an eternity) to being a mom!

Seeing Josey for the first time literally took my breath away. Really, I gasped! It was such a surreal moment to be face to face with my son.

Looking back on the entire journey feels like a dream that I can’t believe I accomplished. And reality set in quickly when they placed him in my arms for the first time. This was my son, to have and to love, cuddle and oh wait … to feed.

Naya Rivera son Josey blog
Mom in black. #SOtired – Courtesy Naya Rivera

Throughout my pregnancy, I got a lot of advice on everything from birthing to newborn care to nutrition, but no one ever really broke it down to me when it came to breastfeeding. Bottom line, it’s hard! Breastfeeding is like finding out that all of a sudden you can get bacon from your elbow.

Really, it’s a trip.

One minute there’s nothing going on with your perfectly perky boobs and the next a nurse is rolling yellow stuff out of your nipple and putting it in your baby’s mouth. Things like achieving a proper latch, combating engorgement, and practicing different holds soon became my sole priorities. Our bedroom became a haven for all things breast; breast pads, shields, pumps and creams.

At times I started to feel like I was only a tit to Josey and there was many a time I would walk in the door to a crying baby and immediately have to strip and feed.

Naya Rivera son Josey blog
6 weeks – Courtesy Naya Rivera

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It wasn’t all bad though, the bond between a mother and baby when you’re breastfeeding is incredible and something no one else shares with your baby. There’s also something amazing about the fact that you are sustaining a human life solely with your body. The benefits of breast milk for babies far outweigh the negative side effects for Mom.

All that being said, I was incredibly proud of myself. The three of us are toughing it out together in the middle of the night and early in the morning. But just like breastfeeding, the bond we all share supersedes the lack of sleep we now get. I think that’s how it will be for the rest of our lives as parents — taking the good with the bad, the easy with the challenging.

Naya Rivera son Josey blog
11 weeks with Daddy – Courtesy Ryan Dorsey

And at the end of the day, when Josey smiles at us, it’s all worth it.

I’ve done a lot in my life and accomplished many things, but nothing I ever do will be as good as Josey. With him, I’ve done my best work.

Baby products I’m loving right now:

— Naya Rivera

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Sathya Sundar on

THIS IS SO AMAZING!! Josey is one lucky baby to have such a loving family! Bless the Dorsey’s and hope they enjoy this exciting time!

KM on

This is funny and cute at the same time, thanks Naya for sharing, it seems like you are really enjoying your mommy time and I’m really glad for you

Mrs. Davis on

Your baby is beautiful, Naya. You did well.

Christian Lopez on

Bravo I love your blog me and my boyfriend are trying to have a baby. So I will make him read this. Thank you so much for everything you do.

Sparks on

No one cares Naya. You’re as irrelevant as it gets.

urg on

Sellthat baby. Wouldn’t a blog by an experienced mom be better?

urg on

“Your baby is beautiful, Naya. You did well.” What all she did was have sex. It’s not like she designed the kid.

Les on

What a beautiful baby! His smile is precious! Love reading these blogs. Keep it up!

Anna Bieczynska on

This blog is awesome❗ I simply love and admire Naya. She’s not only grounded and one of sweetest people out there (not only among celebs but in general) but also, she keeps on surprising me in how truly multi-talented she really is #wow
Among her perfectly skilled talents in music and acting, her writing style is already amazing and enjoyable. Even though, it’s Naya’s first writing steps – I’m sure that with time, it’ll become as perfected as her other talents 🌟
I already can’t wait for her book to come out next year, which definitely gonna be yet another peak into Dorsey’s life x

Valarie on

He is a damn cute baby!

Milagros on

Naya tu bebe es hermoso y feliz, tu columna es sincera y bien escrita, felicitaciones.

Stacey Flowers on

As a first time mom I can relate, breastfeeding was a big thing I feared. I didn’t want to fail my baby , the bond it gives it amazing . That first latch is engraved in my memory.

Stacey Flowers on

Such a cute baby,good mix of the parents.

cj on

Why can some celebrities say this stuff and everyone applauds but others they attack for putting all this stuff out there? Personally I can’t stand it when they act like they are the first women to have a baby, to breast feed, and feel that loving bond between baby/parent. Now we all can say that we finally know what our mothers were talking about ….. “Some day you will understand how hard it is being a mother and how much I love”. Same story – different celeb – different day

Shawna on

I get the point of what she was seeing but did she really have to use the word “tit”? It makes it sound so crass and I think it is crude to use the word tit when you are referencing feeding your baby.

really on

I don’t know who she is, but cute article and her husband is HOT!

D. Sanchez on

What a beautiful family!

KT on

This is a GREAT article. I can relate to it in so many ways.

And, her baby is incredibly ADORABLE!

cc on

That little boy is soooooo cute. That little face smiling. What a cute little family.

Jennifer on

My son was born one week ahead and it’s nice that she gets that it’s not all roses. Refreshing and it’s uplifting seeing a blog in real time with a new mom vs an experienced one. Plus, Josey is too cute!

baby bandana bib on

WOW! You did well!
New baby new life! great and happy life to all your family

lilk on

wait his nme is josey dorsey?
be prepared for him to be bullied.

Kheila on

No sabía que podías dar el pecho si tenías los pechos operados. Pensaba que con la silicona no salía nada, o que el bebé se moriría asfixiado con la silicona.

Paqui Pérez on

Dios, como dicen en los comentarios, llamándose Josey Dorsey le van a hacer todo el bullying xd. Como dice otro, todos diciendo “Que mono” y tal y lo único que hizo fue tener sexo xd, “lo mejor que ha hecho”. Podrías haber usado otra palabra que no fuese “tit”, pero después de escribir en uno de tus blogs de embarazo sobre las posiciones sexuales que haceis tú y tu marido o esconder que habías tenido el bebé (¿Si estás tan orgullosa, por qué lo ocultaste?) no puedo esperar nada más de ti xd. Y no creo que a mucha gente le interese esto, sin ofender, a mí por lo menos sólo me gustabas por Santana López. Tus blogs son bastante malos, miles de mujeres tienen hijos cada día, no es nada sorprendente.

Karla on

Look his smile, he is so cute.

Anonymous on

I wonder the same thing. I have read many celebs saying similar things and they are bashed beyond belief. I think some of it has to do with, certain celebs, no matter what they say, do wear, etc…will receive negative comments. Kim Kardashian and family are some. It’s quite silly because the more people post, even negative, the more the site will post about them because it brings in “traffic.” The logically thing instead of saying, stop posting about this celeb, is to just not click or comment on the story. BUT, another reason why I think she may have so many likes is because she may have followers posting here. She may have posted the link to this page on a page or somewhere because I see many comments not in English. I also don’t see one comment about the babies name. It’s refreshing but not the normal. Leads me to believe that the people posting found this page elsewhere and are not normal posters on this site

Omaka on

Great post. Loved reading it! She has a very cute baby. Congrats to her and the family.

God bless the child on

Oh this is a beautiful little boy!

Elsbeth on

It’s so sad that bottle fed babies don’t get to bond with their mothers😂😂

nope on

totally freaking adorable looking baby.

tosyno on

beautiful kid

Jennifer Sandoval on

Naya, if you and I had met in real life, you’d be my bff! Breastfeeding is HARD WORK! My son was born at 26 weeks, so he couldn’t be breastfed. I did epping until he got home. Breastfeeding is beautiful and for those mommies to be or mommy hopefuls, BF is FREE!
My now 26 months old baby is very healthy and happy; he’s doing incredible!
With my baby, I breast fed, carried him in an Ergo Baby, co slept, cloth diapered, all things crunchy.
One last thing, thank you, Naya, for supporting March of Dimes!!

Jennifer Sandoval on

Oh, btw, use wrap tops! You can whip out a boob in a heartbeat!!

RF on

Ha! Love it! Love that she didn’t sugar coat it! Breastfeeding really is something! Just keep at it!

Kathy on

Why do some women seem to think they are doing something so different then what has been done throughout history? That’s what breasts are for. Not something to show off in a low cut dress for all to see, but to feed a baby.

Dawn on

Elsbethh, I hate to break this to you but formula fed kids DO bond with their mothers. I failed at breast Feeding. My bond with 17 month old son is as strong as any breastfed kids. There are others ways to bond with your kid that don’t involve a boob.

pat on

What a beautiful Baby!

ds on

What a beautiful baby! OMG, the cutest baby I’ve seen!


Such a cutie patootie! I’d never put him down.🙂

Lissa on

Good grief..another friggin article about breastfeeding…getting as annoying as the Kartrashians…..

Erica2 on

I am first time mom that just made the 16 month exclusively breastfeeding milestone! The bond it has created with my son is amazing he is definitely a mama boy. If you can nurse do it you won’t regret your decision.

Petra on

Josey is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. Too, too sweet

robyn on

This woman is irritating. She acts like shes the first woman to ever breast feed



Aiden on

OMG your bay is so cute

Calvinia Smith on

esto es una mierda mira no nos cuentes tu vida nena Heya no existe Heather merece algo mejor encima que eres muy basta hablando y te llamas a ti misma mamá, lo que es bastante raro o sea no se que haces con tu vida aparte de que es bastante triste que lo más importante que hayas hecho sea tener un hijo no sé, a mi como mujer no me llenaría demasiado dar a luz a un bicho que me ha estado comiendo por dentro