She welcomed her daughter Molly Doris with husband Tom Mairs in March.
And Sam Quek revealed she has battled with feelings of guilt and failure since giving birth to her daughter as she struggled to breastfeed.
The Olympic gold medallist, 32, said she felt like she was ‘failing as a woman’ after her baby girl lost 12 per cent of her body weight as she had difficulty latching on.
‘I feel like I’m failing as a woman’: Sam Quek revealed she has battled with feelings of guilt and failure since giving birth to her daughter as she struggled to breastfeed
In an interview with OK Magazine, Sam said that while she originally started breastfeeding her baby, she had to switch to expressing instead because a low supply of milk made breastfeeding tough.
She admitted that there’s a lot of ‘pressure’ on mothers to breastfeed, saying: ‘You do feel bad that you can’t do that. There’s so much pressure.
‘You’re like, “I feel guilty she’s not got enough milk off me. I feel like a mother who has neglected their child.” You have to realise there’s so much stuff out of your control.’
Her entrepreneur husband Tom added: ‘There was this conversation of. “I feel like I’m failing as a woman!”‘
Bond: The Olympic gold medallist, 32, said said that while she originally started breastfeeding, she had to switch to expressing after her baby girl lost 12 per cent of her body weight
He said Sam’s feelings of failure compiled after tragically suffering a miscarriage last year, having a C-section rather than a natural birth, and then her struggle to produce milk.
Tom said he had to reassure his wife that she was ‘doing what’s best’ for their daughter by ‘foregoing’ the bond of breastfeeding in order to pump milk.
Sam welcomed her daughter on March 2 after being 11 days overdue and previously opened up about having a C-section following a lengthy 27-hour labour.
She had a ‘traumatic’ c-section, as the athlete’s stomach muscles made it difficult to cut the baby out, according to The Sun.
Supportive: Her husband Tom Mairs, 35, said he had to reassure his wife that she was ‘doing what’s best’ for their daughter by ‘foregoing’ the bond of breastfeeding in order to pump milk
The athlete admitted she struggled to come to terms with giving birth this way, and said the process ‘went on for hours’.
The I’m A Celebrity star said: ‘We got to 6cm [dilated] at midnight and it went on for hours. The consultant kept coming in and I wasn’t moving from 6cm.’
‘She said, “Listen, you’re absolutely shattered. You’ve gone through a lot, your waters have been broken for longer than we’d like.”‘
After a full day in labour, Tom said that the baby’s head was ‘starting to swell’ and the couple had to decide to have a surgical delivery.
Tom said: ‘They checked her at hour 24 and said, “You’re still at 6cm, what do you want to do?”‘
‘Sam was like, “It’s time to discuss options.” The baby’s head was starting to swell.’
Ordeal: The former England hockey player had a ‘traumatic’ C-section ollowing a lengthy 27-hour labour, as the athlete’s stomach muscles made it difficult to cut the baby out
Last month, she took to Instagram to announce the news of her new arrival as she shared a sweet black-and-white photo of her newborn’s hand.
Sam sweetly added a red heart emoji alongside the snap and penned: ‘02.03.2021.’
The former England hockey player revealed that she was pregnant in November after tragically suffering a miscarriage at the beginning of 2020.
At the beginning of 2020, Sam and Tom discovered they were five weeks pregnant after a year of trying to conceive. But five weeks later Sam miscarried.
‘I didn’t want to speak to anyone. I had guilt and shame that it was my fault,’ Sam explained of the devastating time.
‘I was looking back at everything I did during pregnancy and replaying every single minute. I put it all on me and my body. But I never said that to Tom at the time.’
Sam and Tom married at Chester Racecourse in 2018 after getting engaged in June 2017 when Tom proposed during a holiday in Tenerife.
New parents: The former England hockey player revealed that she was pregnant in November after tragically suffering a miscarriage at the beginning of 2020