Tyler Hubbard and wife, Hayley Hubbard are standing by their choice to not breastfeed baby Atlas Roy.
Parents to son, Luca Reed, 13 months, and daughter, Olivia Rose, 2½, the couple, both 33, welcomed their son, Atlas Roy, on Sept. 24 in Nashville.
Hayley reveals in last week’s issue of PEOPLE why she has decided to feed their baby boy, Atlas, formula.
“I’m not breastfeeding this time around because, now looking back, breastfeeding really amplified symptoms of postpartum depression for me,” says Hayley, who works with the Every Mother Counts charity, whose goal is to improve maternal health.
She then adds, “It was never something that came easy to me or something that I honestly enjoyed, no matter how many specialists we talked to or how well I was producing milk.”
After breastfeeding Olivia, Hayley announced last year that she supplemented Luca’s feedings with formula as she wasn’t producing enough milk.
“Knowing that I would be coming home to two busy toddlers that needed my attention, and a husband that was injured, breastfeeding and pumping around-the-clock seemed even more daunting,” Hayley said of her choice.
“I encourage anyone else feeling this way to do the same and to not feel any shame about it. It has been significantly life-changing in the best way for my mental health and postpartum.”
Tyler shares how the new routine has been a positive change for their family.
“We’re getting more sleep with Atlas than we did with the other babies since Hayley isn’t breastfeeding this time around,” he says.
“We can now share the responsibility of feeding, which is really nice and allows me to have more bonding time with Atlas.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.