Halle Berry's Superficial Reason for Breastfeeding Just Might Get More Moms to Do It

Halle BerryAww! After the birth of her son, Maceo, she's finally speaking out about how things are going with her little guy. And duh, Halle Berry is breastfeeding -- although one of her main reasons for doing so may seem a little bit selfish.

In an interview with Extra, she said, "Every mother should breastfeed. It's the quickest way to shed the initial weight, and then you have to eat right."

And there you have it. She's crediting breastfeeding with helping her regain her enviable figure -- and exactly no one can blame her. Isn't that something every mom wants? To get her body back after having a baby?

(Or maybe some don't, which is fine too. More power to 'em.)

Whether Halle realizes it or not, she may have just inspired a few more moms to hop on the breastfeeding bandwagon and give it a shot -- even if their reason for doing so is a little superficial.

We all know that breastfeeding is beneficial for babies. It strengthens their immune system and aids with development. It's pure, natural, and easy for babies to digest. And it also helps them bond even more with their mothers. But sometimes those reasons aren't enough to convince expectant moms to give breastfeeding a try -- but the weight loss factor could wind up being a real formula deal-breaker.

(I know back when I had my son, I would've done just about anything if there was a good chance it could help me shed the pounds.)

And even if the promise of quick weight loss is what gets some moms on board, who really cares what the incentive is? Even though breastfeeding might not work out for everyone, there are probably several moms who will find that it's a whole lot easier and more convenient than they expected. They can lose weight and know they're doing something healthy and good for their baby as a result.

Was the possibility of faster weight loss a factor in your decision to breastfeed?


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nonmember avatar Monique

The only factor i took into concideration in my original decision to breastfeed was the benefits for the baby. I have sinced learned that it saves sleep and can help baby get on a good sleep schedule at night. Just dont turn on the lights! I've successfully breastfed 3 babies and am about to have #4!

Mrseoc Mrseoc

It sure does help u lose the weight. However its anything but selfish. Take it from someone who is 25 months into nursing. The choice to breastfeed is not selfish. It takes a lot of time and there are a number of things that become off limits. As a nursing mother you are constantly judged by what you dare to put into your body ( omg that nursing mother just drank a beer!!!). Then your judged if you nurse "too long" or *gasp* suppliment with formula.. nursing in public is looked down on by most and yet many nursing babies refuse a bottle. Nursing is self sacrifice.. its giving and loving in such a deep way. Its the opposite of selfish no matter what the reason a nursing mother gives for her choice.

femal... femaleMIKE

YES! I never did produce a full flow of breastmilk (always had to supplement/breast reduction) but I still did it for a month and I did lose weight.

Aimee Rockwood

no, of course not, but weight loss was a definite bonus.

terpmama terpmama

Weight loss is a great bene but frankly I breastfeed cause I'm cheap and lazy.

Rachel Jones

Got super skinny breast feeding my daughter! Hope it happens again

Lane-... Lane-Moja

Hahah @terpmama yes and yes!

But seriously, yes to everything everyone said!

-Benefits for baby


-always ready

-no sterilizing anything

-the answer to every question...baby is crying- give the boob....you have fixed the need for thirst, hunger, comfort, pain, sleepiness, connection w/ mom, skin-to-skin, teehing, tummy gas AND bonus for momma...weightloss!

Hyman Hyman

I tell everyone it's the best diet.

nonmember avatar Rio

This isn't always true. I have been breast feeding for 8months now and haven't lost an ounce. I do it because its what's best for my baby. KCB♥

Nikol... Nikolaimylove

I have been breastfeeding for almost 6 months. I have lost nothing but have not gained any weight, it was the same with my first. Once I stopped breastfeeding I gained weight like crazy. 40 pounds later and I had to lose weight to have another baby, only gained 6 pounds and lost 15 after having him. Hoping to keep breastfeeding for as long as possible, and not to lose weight.

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