Nicki Minaj shares her birth story and gets real about 'painful' breastfeeding: 'Women make this stuff look way too easy'

Erin Donnelly
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Nicki Minaj opened up about her birth story and struggles with breastfeeding. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
Nicki Minaj opened up about her birth story and struggles with breastfeeding. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Nicki Minaj is marking her first holiday season as a mom — and opening up to fans about her experience with motherhood.

On Wednesday, the rapper, who welcomed a baby boy on Sept. 30 with husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, shared candid details about going into labor in a Twitter Q&A with fans. The 38-year-old star says she was “butt naked” and fresh out of the shower when her water broke. While Petty got “very scared,” Minaj says she was “weirdly calm.”

She went on to share that she was in labor “all night,” taking time to sleep until she had to push.

“The epidural didn’t hurt either,” she added. “They numbed me up real good.”

She ended up pushing for two and a half hours.

Her new arrival — now 3 months old — also took to breastfeeding right away, she said, calming her fears that she’d have difficulty nursing. But Minaj did add that, while her childbirth experience went smoothly, being a new mom isn’t without its struggles.

“Breastfeeding is very painful,” she pointed out. “Pumping is too. Women make this stuff look way too easy. Moms [are] really superheroes.”

Minaj also told fans that collaborator Ariana Grande sent her a baby gift, while pal Ciara has been very supportive as a fellow mom.

One thing the “Starships” singer hasn’t disclosed? The name of her child, whom she refers to as “Papa Bear.” When a fan asked if she’d be sharing the little boy’s name, she coyly responded, “YES.”

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