Halle Berry has weighed into the breastfeeding debate, saying every new mother should breastfeed because it is the fastest way to shed weight.
The actress and her husband, Olivier Martinez, welcomed their son Maceo in October 2013.
Berry bounced back into shape quickly, and says breastfeeding Maceo helped. She recommends all new mothers do the same.
“Every mother should breastfeed. It’s the quickest way to shed the initial weight and then you have to eat right.”
Berry, who has just turned 47, said having a baby was not something she’d expected to happen at her age.
“I just feel great because I have another baby,” she told Extra. “I never thought that at my stage in life another baby – and a baby boy – was coming to me, so yeah, I’m blessed.”
Berry has a five-year-old daughter, Nahla, from her relationship with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey.
The star, who is filming the TV show Extant, makes a point of having her children with her on set as much as possible.
“What I’m learning to do, trying to right now, is find the balance,” she said.
“My baby is always with me on set. I bring my daughter after school. I have a nursery there, a playroom for her, so I try to make it as nice as I can for them to spend time with them, see them.”
Berry said little Nahla is thrilled to have a brother and tries to take care of five-month-old Maceo as much as possible.
“It’s like one of her doll babies came alive.
“She gets to take care of him, feed him, change his diapers, play with him, dress him up in different clothes like five times a day because she can, so she loves it.”