Keke Palmer opens up about her 'difficult' breastfeeding journey

Keke Palmer with her infant son
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Nope star Keke Palmer has opened up about her "difficult" breastfeeding journey.

The actor and singer, who welcomed her first baby earlier this year, has shared insight into her experience with breastfeeding during a candid interview with Essence.

"I think my breastfeeding journey was also very empowering because it was so difficult," the 29-year-old told the publication. "And I wanted to give up at so many different points, but I just kept pushing myself and kept trying to figure it out."

Keke welcomed her son, Leodis Jackson, on February 25 with her now ex-boyfriend Darius Jackson.

"The relationship I had with my son during that process empowered me to get back up and do things for myself again," Palmer shared.

"In the midst of trying to work out and do things that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do, like going to the Met Gala, I was able to say, 'You know what, I'm gonna get out there and experience everything again, and I'm still gonna be there for my boy'."

However, the Hustlers actor noted the challenges of breastfeeding have helped build her confidence, adding: "That kind of resolve built so much confidence and so much strength in me. I just got this overwhelming sense that I can do anything."

The former Nickelodeon star and Jackson, who took their relationship public in 2021, split after he publicly criticised Palmer for a sheer outfit she wore to Usher's Las Vegas concert, writing on social media: "We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn't want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is. This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case."

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