Hollywood actress breastfeeds in magazine shoot

04:06, Aug 06 2014
Olivia Wilde
GLAM MUM: Olivia Wilde's latest fashion shoot involved breastfeeding her son Otis in an old-fashioned diner.

Olivia Wilde breastfed her five-month-old son as part of her latest fashion shoot.

The shoot for Glamour was done in a retro diner, and baby Otis was included in a number of shots for the magazine's September issue.

"Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn't complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that," Wilde told the magazine.

In an overnight tweet, the 30-year-old thanked the magazine for using the image which shows her breastfeeding her son.

"Thanks @glamourmag for knowing there's nothing indecent about feeding a hungry baby," Wilde tweeted.

In the magazine interview she states that breastfeeding is "the most natural thing".


"I don't know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we've been discussing - that we know we can be," said Wilde.

"You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. [But] I mean, I certainly don't really look like that when I'm [typically] breast-feeding. And there's usually a diaper involved."

There's a reason the actress usually involves a nappy: when she tweeted a picture from the shoot, she also confessed that things hadn't gone as planned:

Otis ordered milkshakes. Luckily I had some on me. Then he peed on my dress. Good kid. #boobfood #whennaturecalls pic.twitter.com/YC9OcJuRod

The successful actress, who's featured in television series Portlandia, told the publication she doesn't worry about being able to juggle work and motherhood thanks to her mum's example.

"My mum is such a badass working mother. That inspired me when I was pregnant. I wasn't going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother."

Wilde has some help raising baby Otis: she's been dating actor Jason Sudeikis since 2011, and the couple got engaged at the start of last year.

However she says she's in no rush to organise a wedding.

"We're engaged, but no specific plans yet - we just have to find the time to put it together. In many ways, a child is more of a commitment," said Wilde.

She says she isn't worried that Otis won't be growing up in a typical family if they don't get married for a while either. 

"We are fully committed and really happy as a family. And there's no definition of the 'normal family' anymore. Kids today are growing up with so many different definitions of family," Wilde said.

"I guess what I'm saying is that I don't feel any pressure to do it. But I think it will be really fun."

The Tron: Legacy actress has been married before. She married Italian director Tao Ruspoli when she was just 19. 

The couple, who married in secret on a school bus in 2003, separated in 2010.

Wilde bears no grudges against her first husband, telling the publication she wouldn't be the person she is without her earlier marriage.

"I really grew up with my first husband. Now I'm in a much wiser, more centred place in life," said Wilde.

"I think if we can see people in our lives as chapters, we have a much healthier perspective about the whole thing. It's like it had to happen the way it happened. Jason and I lived two blocks away from each other for years and never met."

When she talked about her career, Wilde told the magazine to begin with she didn't always feel like she fit the roles.

"I felt that I had been cast in films that, though I was very excited to be a part of, didn't feel that they were actually the right roles for me. I felt like I was almost a fraud-like I somehow had become a kind of pin-up version of myself." 

Wilde, who stars in the upcoming movie The Longest Week says as she's gained more experience in the film industry she's become better at choosing roles that really suit her.

Wilde told the magazine: "The biggest thing I did to change my career was to act on the confidence that I had built and to say, 'No, I don't need to work to stay relevant. I'm just going to work on the things that are interesting.'"

Sydney Morning Herald