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Alicia Keys Talks About Breast Feeding, Body Image, And Her Favorite Sex Positions

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Just when we thought we couldn’t love Alicia Keys anymore than we already do, the R&B songstress gave fans a glimpse into her life with Swizz Beatz and the highs and lows of being a new mom to one-year-old Egypt on Lifetime‘s talk show The Conversation, which is executive produced by Demi Moore. The 31-year-old sat down for an eye-opening conversation with host Amanda de Cadenet, and wasn’t afraid to give her thoughts on babies, breast feeding, and her love of a squishy tushie!

“Well, I think that we as females are like the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the world and I think that we’re gorgeous no matter what size that we are,” she told the host. “In fact, I personally think that we are more beautiful when we are a bit thicker, bigger, and more robust. I just think it’s gorgeous. Even seeing older sculptures from past centuries and you see the women very thick and very beautiful and I personally think it’s really, really gorgeous. I’m grateful that I actually feel like that because I think that a lot of us feel as though we have to be some little, tiny size in order to be beautiful. It’s like, we’re beautiful not because of what size we are, we’re beautiful because of how your mind works and you’re beautiful because you have this gorgeous heart and that comes from way more than you fitting in some size two dress. And we’re beautiful because of all these things that come up and tumble out of us and that’s beautiful because I just always feel like I love being a woman. I really love it.”

Alicia also revealed that although she loves breast feeding her son, it’s a lot harder than she ever imagined. “Well, there were a couple of things no one told you,” she said. “I took this whole class, too, which I thought was really good because I think a lot of people think you’re just supposed to have this natural instinct that’s supposed to happen out of thin air. There’s a technique to learn and if you don’t know it, it’s not your fault. I was glad I did that because I felt kind of prepared a little bit. The whole engorgement thing, no one mentioned that part. I remember I was in the bed and I couldn’t move because it hurts and there is no way around it. I delivered naturally and I kept asking myself, ‘What is wrong with you?’ You spent hours and hours in labor and delivered naturally but you can’t take some [milk coming in]? They skipped that part; they didn’t tell me about that one.”

Other highlights from the interview included:

How she chose her son’s name: “Well, Egypt was a really big important trip for me in my life. It came at a certain point where I had been working just endlessly and I really had no idea what it was to take a true vacation and it came to a place where I just really needed it or I’d be on the verge of a breakdown. So, when I went, it was such an uplifting, eye-opening, historic, powerful, and regenerative experience that I hold a very fond place for Egypt. So, when it came to naming our baby, I fell in love with it, we both loved it, and decided like months before he was born.”

Her decision to go to Egypt alone: “At that time I just wanted to get away so badly that I was excited to be by myself. I think it’s something important because I think when you go places with people, you’re concerned about if they are having a good time or do they like the food I like or are they happy with this restaurant? I would read my book in the little café that I went to and the guy would come up to me and be like, ‘Are you waiting for someone?’ and I’m like, ‘No, we’re here.’ It was really liberating.”

Her favorite position with Swizz Beatz: “Any and all sex positions. I happen to be a traditional kind of girl. I’m also experimental; we can have fun.”

What she would you tell her 14-year-old self: “Reel it in. Come back. Don’t go so fast. Honestly, you don’t want to get there that fast. You think you want to get there that fast—you do, we all do—but you don’t because once you’re there you’re like, ‘Damn, now I got to be here and I can’t be back here.’”

Listen to Alicia talk about the key to her savvy finances below and watch the entire episode here.

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