Saturday, November 15, 2008

Salma Hayek: Addicted to Breastfeeding

Salma Hayek says she's addicted to breastfeeding, finding it impossible to stop breastfeeding her over-a-year old daughter, Valentina.

That's nice news... and am sure more celebs like her being really outspoken about breastfeeding will further the advocacy and result in healthier kids. It may even save lives, especially for marginalized Latin Americans who must look up to her.

And true, breastfeeding isn't a foolproof fat burner. But generally, it does help in shedding much of the pregnancy weight, especially in the first 6 months when a baby doesn't eat solids yet. After that, of course a woman's body wouldn't be working much on milk production so it wouldn't be burning as many calories like before.

I plummeted to 118 lbs. in the first six months after giving birth... and only started gaining weight when my baby also started pon solids. Now that he's generally nursing at nights only, my weight is back to 135 lbs. Then again, I also gained back my voracious appetite after my son started sleeping through the night, so it's a combination of many factors really.

Still, I hope mothers will pander to their vanity at least and breastfeed... burn those calories in the most productive way possible!

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