Good Morning America: Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette joined Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer to talk about her battle with postpartum depression and her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights.
Morissette is married to rapper Mario Treadway and the pair has a 20-month-old son, Ever. The singer has been outspoken about her choice to breast feed Ever until he decided he’s done.
“I’m always available if he needs me, period,” Morissette said. “I love snuggling and sleeping next to him.”
GMA: Alanis Morissette Postpartum Depression
Recently Morissette admitted that she had a tough struggle with postpartum depression, but she overcame it and wants to help other moms out there.
“It’s pretty amazing as all moms I think would say,” Morissette said. “In general it’s a blessing, he’s a teacher for me every day. The attunement that I have for him is really teaching me how to take care of myself better too because I didn’t realize what a difference there was between the love I gave him and the love I actually offer myself.”
Morissette says there will be a difference in her stage presence and songs because her son has brought on a constant healing process for her family. Lara asked her what it was that inspired her to speak out about postpartum depression.
“I didn’t feel the need to share, it was part of the autobiographical transparency value that I have,” Morissette said. “I really think transparency really levels the playing field for all of us and renders our humanness okay, so to speak.
Good Morning America: Alanis Morissette Postpartum Advice for Moms
The Canadian singer had advice for new mothers dealing with postpartum depression.
“It was a really intense time and if I could share anything with anyone that’s going through it it would be to encourage them to seek help and reach out a little earlier than I did,” Morissette said. “I think the feminist movement went through being very sort of dependent and owned property and then we moved into being autonomists and individualistic and empowered on our own – burning our bras and such. Now, 2012 is about this gorgeous interdependence and saying I’m really empowered and I need you, I need help.”
Morissette talked about how she thought the notion that women should immediately loose their baby weight is dangerous. The perfectionism that is expected in the Western world is something that scares the singer.
GMA: Alanis Morissette Attachment Parenting
As far as her decision to practice attachment parenting goes, Morissette is not backing down.
“I’m in a luxurious position and a privileged position enough economically speaking and otherwise speaking too to provide that for him and I realize it’s a challenge for a lot of families to provide that even though they may want to,” Morissette said. “If there’s anything I would aspire to offer to my own self and to people in general it would be to render the stages of development as sort of common knowledge that they go though – attachment, exploration, identity.”