Getting rid of post-pregnancy bulge is a concern for most moms. Women usually gain an average of 25 pounds or more during pregnancy.
And one of the easiest ways to lose those pounds, as ABS-CBN actress Toni Gonzaga found out, is to breastfeed.
The actress/host exclusively breastfed her son Baby Seve for almost a year.
"Honestly, it's just all breastfeeding. That's just what I did, pure breastfeeding," the 33-year-old celebrity mom told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the 65th anniversary kick-off party of Rustan's in Makati City on Thursday night, September 15.
She said she has lost over 36 pounds, and is now back to her ideal weight of around 100 pounds.
She added laughingly, "It's just pure breastfeeding and carrying him... He's so heavy, he's 24 pounds na."
Toni, who looked sensationally slim at the event, said she tried working out three months after giving birth, but admitted it wasn't the right time for it.
She narrated, "I tried after three months, working out, that was my first and last attempt because I passed out.
"I was still exclusively breastfeeding at that time and feeling ko, my body was burning so much calories that I couldn't handle it.
"'Tapos lack of sleep, so feeling ko, hindi pa right time for my body to work out."
Like most moms, she also struggled in the first weeks of breastfeeding Baby Seve.
She elaborated, "In the beginning, my problem was not really with the latching and Seve, and our connection.
"The problem was on my part, it was really painful. It was really painful, especially in the first two weeks.
"It was the most challenging for me because my body was still adjusting. It was so painful yung nag-sore na siya.
"Basta, it's the worst feeling for a mom but, at the same time, when you get over the worst part, you appreciate the benefits of it."
Toni said she had to stop breastfeeding Baby Seve because, "I have no more milk now, it just ended this month."