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Salma Weighs In on Breastfeeding and Postpartum Pounds

If you breastfeed, the baby weight will fly off. I bought that bit hook, line and sinker though I would have nursed regardless.

The weight did finally come off, but the bulk of it flew off AFTER I finished breastfeeding — which was about nine months postpartum.

To see what Salma had to say about the subject,


Salma Hayek discussed the myth with Oprah on Monday. She said:

And everybody tells you that if you breastfeed, it's going to come off like this (hand gesture.) It's a lie! It's not true. . . I'm going to say something. Except for a couple of exceptions, the only reason people lose weight like that when they're breastfeeding – it's cause they're not eating. And this is not good for the baby.

Kudos to Salma for not buying into the whole, "I've got to lose this baby weight ASAP!" culture that Hollywood has quickly cultivated.

Tell us, do you think nursing really affects a new mother's weight loss?

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zanpou zanpou 9 years
I breastfed my son for 18 months and didn't lose that last 10lbs until I stopped. However, I do not have big breasts so I am assuming that the milk must have weighed some as well since they were large during breastfeeding. I am losing it faster this time as I am chasing my 4 1/2 year old son while nursing his 2 month old brother.
mamajeffries mamajeffries 9 years
I like Selma Hayek, she seems really sweet. The comment about "those whose weight flew off weren't eating right" is incorrect though. I have breastfed all four of my children and the weight DID fly off for ME. I could literally eat anything I wanted (and DID!) including my daily afternoon snack of frozen chocolate yogurt with three heaping tablespoons of peanut butter mixed in :o) and the weight still came off fast. Guess it has to do with metabolism or something? I just didn't feel like that comment was fair - just because it didn't happen like that for her doesn't mean that those who've been blessed with it aren't doing right by their child by not eating right. My babies were all little fatties too - guess it was all of the good calories they got through me!
wasabigizmobunny wasabigizmobunny 9 years
I gained 37 lbs during my pregnancy (I was 105 lbs pre) and I lost over 20 pounds in the first week (including 8 lbs of baby). Thereafter I lost about a lbs a week. My baby is now 3 months and I have been at 110 lbs for weeks. I am pretty sure my body is hanging onto those 5 lbs for "backup". I don't have a huge appetite and it doesn't seem to affect my milk production. I try to get some exercise in, not to loose weight, but to feel better and more energized. I think mild exercising can actually help with a healthy milk supply.
brainstewerz brainstewerz 9 years
I think everyone is different. I gained 50 lbs in my first pregnancy, and now I've been nursing for more than 7 months and I still have 40 lbs to lose. I know that in order to lose weight I just need to be more active -- I like sitting around online. Other women I know gain like 20 lbs and lose it by two months post-partum and don't really exercise much. Go figure! Salma Hayek, thanks for being real on national television!
mom2twogreatkids mom2twogreatkids 9 years
I think it is definitely genetic. Our bodies have their own patterns and rhythms that are different from other peoples. I nursed both of my kids and I was looking good two weeks after childbirth and super skinny after two months. And I ate EVERYTHING! I was so hungry and I ate all the time and ate anything I wanted. And I even had a chest - which is unusual for me. But within two weeks of weaning I had lost my chest (like popping a balloon) and gained five pounds. Maybe this was because I was in my twenties. I know I have gained 15 pounds since turning thirty. I'm curious to know how my body would behave if I went through pregnancy, birth, and nursing now. Not that I want to find out! ;)
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Kristinh1012 and gossipqueen--I only wish I had your experience, but I'm happy for you both. It definitely depends on the person. Go skinny genes! I also agree with those who said that pregnancy weight gain makes a big difference--and proper diet is key.
julie11 julie11 9 years
I nursed both of my boys for 14 months and found that I had no trouble taking most of the weight off with nursing, and I was in my mid 30's. But those last 5 stuck around until I was done and ready to restrict calories. The nursing experience was pretty awesome though.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
My weight did fly off, I actually weigh less then I did before pregnancy. Unfortunately it was due to me not having any appetite post baby :-( I would have to force myself to eat but would often forget that I needed to eat. I'm pretty sure this is why I had trouble keeping my milk supply up. Even though I am lighter than pre pregnancy I still have the weirdest blob of fat on my stomach. I'm hoping it will go away with time, diet and exercise.
gossipqueen7 gossipqueen7 9 years
ahhh sorry i spelled her name wrong! Selma!
gossipqueen7 gossipqueen7 9 years
ooooh i just thought of something else - maybe it has to do with age as well only 22 - isn't salma in her 40s?
gossipqueen7 gossipqueen7 9 years
well the weight flew off for me daughter is 6 months old and im still nursing and my belly is as flat and tight as it was pre-pregnancy - id like to lose 5-10 more lbs but like luckyme said u retain extra weight just in case of a famine - it was just on The View the other day ...anyways the weight flew off for me but i havent starved myself - i seriously eat everything and nothing is off-limits so maybe it has to do with genes as well as nursing
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
I agree with Selma. Most of the weight came off but I am still holding onto 5 pounds and I know it is because I refuse to starve myself to get my pre-baby body back. I am still nursing my 6 month old and do not plan on stopping for another 6 months. I do not want to compromise my milk just to fit into my True Religions, it will come in time. Ahh leave it to Selma to be honest and truthful about post-baby bodies!
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I never breastfed, but I always heard you lost weight quickly if you did. I was commenting because Anniekim, my weight DID just fall off. I ate 3 times a day (healthy food) and didn't exercise due to being tired, and within 3 weeks after giving birth I was back to my regular weight. It depends on the person.
luckyme luckyme 9 years
I must be in the minority because it definitely flew off for me. I'm still breastfeeding and I weigh less now than before I got pregnant. Frankly though, I think it might be more due to genetics (thanks Mom!). If it's true that more comes off when I'm done, I'll be a happy camper! I'll finally be at my ideal weight. Oh, and just a little tidbit I picked up one day: the reason you lose weight when you're done breastfeeding is because the female body retains about 5lbs of extra weight "just in case." In the past (and still in malnourished countries), the 5lbs stuck around so that breastfeeding could continue should the mother not be able to nourish her body. Not sure if it's's just something I read. But I guess it makes sense.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I was upset when I didn't lose any weight when I was breastfeeding because I bought the story that it would just fall off. I didn't gain very much with my last pregnancy so I lost most of the weight right away just from childbirth but the last few pounds didn't come off until after I weaned my son.
kokosmommy kokosmommy 9 years
FINALLY A CELEBRITY SPEAKS THE TRUTH!!!! I nursed my daughter for 7 months and not a pound was lost until I quit. I have a 4 month old son now and yet again no weight is dropping. I want to scream every time a celebrity says they lost the weight breastfeeding--it's complete BS--unless they aren't eating--and then why even breastfeed! The best was when Angelina said she lost the weight nursing and then was photographed drinking RED BULL!! I can tell you that there is no way in the world that I would be drinking red bull and then nurse my baby...unless I wanted a cranky, tired baby! I love Salma even more now then I ever did. It's wonderful to see someone be honest!
macneil macneil 9 years
The weight comes off the second you stop breastfeeding, if my experience is anything to go by.
fsquaash fsquaash 9 years
I agree with Selma. I was starving while nursing and didn't lose the last pounds until I weaned and started dieting. I think the real secret is to limit weight gain during pregnancy--that's my goal next time.
lovehenry lovehenry 9 years
I was STARVING while I was breastfeeding. I think I was hungrier than I was when I was pregnant. And while I ate tons, I still think the breastfeeding helped me lose some of my weight quickly. I actually gained some of the weight back after I stopped breastfeeding - but maybe that's because once I started feeding our little guy mac and cheese, I started eating it too!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I was lucky enough to have people tell me it was a myth. I hate that it's so widespread that weight just "melts" off with breastfeeding. It's true for some women, but it's nowhere near a given. I had weight drop very quickly with all three children, but it didn't stay off. Breastfeeding makes me extremely hungry, so for a good two to three years after a birth, I'm eating nonstop.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
So true. I didn't get my real, honest, true pre-baby body back until I stopped nursing. I was within 5 pounds every time, with my son I dropped all but the 5 lbs within 6 months (I gained about 30lbs) but then I knew it would go away when I stopped nursing, which it did.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 9 years
I so agree BabySugar - they tell you the weight flies off when you nurse, but not so for me! I did feel that my stomach went down fast because I breastfed, but once that happened the weight just sat there. When I stopped nursing, I swear the rest of the weight just flew off in less than a month!
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
When I was nursing it was easier to lose the weight, I still had to try, but as soon as I stopped nursing I hit a brick wall with my weight loss. You still have to make an effort but burning so many calories breast feeding definitely helps shed that baby weight.
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