Alyssa Milano Talks Breastfeeding: 'It Takes a Lot of Energy to Make All That Milk'


Alyssa Milano has always been an avid proponent of breastfeeding, even posting pics to Instagram. While she doesn't think she should be criticized for sharing pics of herself nursing her daughter, she does admit that it's hard work.

"I’m trying to look at it as building my endurance back up so I can work a full day and not be exhausted," Milano tells Yahoo Parenting. "I'm still breastfeeding, and it takes a lot of energy to make all that milk."

The 42-year-old actress
and her husband David Bugliari welcomed their second child, Elizabella Dylan Bugliari, on September 4 of last year. Since then, the mother-of-two has been working on getting back to her old self, which includes losing 10-15 pounds of baby weight.

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"I'm not trying to worry about it too much. Obviously those pounds are put on for a very important reason -- that's my sweet babies," she says.

As for losing that last bit of baby weight, the former Mistresses star has some simple advice for new moms: Don't worry about it so much!

"The only advice I could ever give another mom, in any area, is be kind to yourself," she adds. "You're not always going to have perfect days, it’s hard work. You have to be kind."

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While she mayseem like a super mom, Milano admits that her six-month-old daughter doesn't always sleep through the night and she's fine with that. "My personal opinion is that people have created the concept that a baby has to sleep through the night to make money. It’s a business," she explains. "I don't sleep through the night -- I toss and turn and get up to go to the bathroom -- so to expect our babies to do it, and try to train them to do it?"

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Milano has been very vocal about her role as a parent and in the past, has spoken out in support of mothers breastfeeding in public. "There should be nothing about breastfeeding that's controversial -- ever," the actress told ETonline. "It is part of life. It's part of being a woman. It's part of being a mother."