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Ana Ortiz: Breastfeeding Is 'Nature's Lipo'

10/23/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
Erin Patrice O’Brien for PEOPLE for use on CBB

Months before welcoming her first child, Ana Ortiz was keeping her pregnancy pounds in check; The Ugly Betty actress was hopeful her commitment to staying in shape would help make her bounce back after baby that much easier. “I attribute it to working out while I was pregnant,” the new mama tells That’s Fit about her postpartum weightloss.

Burning calories by nursing her daughter Paloma Louise, 4 months next week, has also proven beneficial.

“They do say breastfeeding is nature’s lipo.”

That said, nursing — and her age! — have put a limit on 38-year-old Ana’s voracious appetite. “The older I got it’s like, ‘Oh, I can’t have pizza at two in the morning?!’” she jokes. “Because I’m breastfeeding I have to have more fat, so I’ve been on a quest for healthy fats — avocados, fish, nuts. But I have my weaknesses — red wine is a big weakness.”

In addition to walking in lieu of driving, the New Yorker admits much of her efforts have been made possible due to Le Maison, a fitness center that concentrates on body weight and rubber band exercises. And while she depended on a trainer while pregnant in order to safely monitor her routines, Ana has since gone solo — calling herself “too cheap” to hire one — and now stays fit through the art of dance. “I’ve always been a physical person, but I get bored easily, so dancing is a wonderful workout,” she says.

While staying active has always been a part of Ana’s routine, she admits becoming a mother has made good health a priority.

“I think it’s really important for my daughter to see her parents being physically fit and for that to be a part of her life,” she explains.

“The examples we set for her will stay with her the rest of her life.”

Paloma is the first child for Ana and her husband Noah Lebenzon.

Source: That’s Fit

– Anya

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Karen on

Sitting back and waiting for comments to start about her nursing and drinking wine………

Rebecca on

Karen,
There’s nothing wrong with having a glass (or two) of wine while nursing. A relaxed mom makes more milk (on average.)

Jenn on

Rebecca,

I think Karen knows that, it’s just that on this site whenever a celeb says something like that it gets blown all out of proportion and is frequently quite amusing to read. So I think that’s what she is waiting for.

finais on

Doesn’t alcohol supposedly increase milk supply?

MomE on

*sigh* I guess I’m just one of the unlucky ones, but I didn’t lose weight quickly at all until AFTER I stopped breastfeeding. So, yeah, “they” say that, but in my case (and I know others who have said this), it just wasn’t what happened.

acorrado on

I just stopped nursing my son and he’ll be 3 next month. I had plenty of nights over these last few years when I’ve had more than 2 glasses of red wine in a night. If I felt I had more than he could handle I’d just pump it out. With my first son I couldn’t keep up with his appetite but with my youngest I produced tons of milk…go figure.

urbanadventurertales on

I personally never felt comfortable drinking alcohol while nursing, but I don’t judge if someone has a glass of wine.
And nursing twins certainly helped me shed the baby weight (and then some!) It was the best time in life, not having to worry at all about what I ate!

Ruby on

Well this is a relevant topic for me having weighed myself today and finding out I weight 14 lbs less than I did before conceiving!!

My little girl is almost 13 months and exclusively breastfed. She is the happiest liveliest little girl you’ve ever met who has met all her developmental milestones at least a month earlier than average……..but I have also allowed myself a few glasses of wine on many occasions since she was 6 months old. With absolutely no negative repercussions.

Life is too short to adhere to every single government issued statement.

We are only human and as parents need a break now and then! Use your own judgement. Know your own baby. Make your own choices.

And go Ana! Paloma is just gorgeous!

finais on

Ruby – I think I may have to make this my new motto: “Use your own judgement. Know your own baby. Make your own choices.” I love it! :-)

Kath, UK on

I, like you Karen was waiting for the mud slinging to begin because of what Ana said.
I’m so pleased to see that there have been so many positive comments. I also BF my 2 sons, only with my second did I relax enough to allow myself the odd glass of wine and it didn’t cause me or my son any problems.
I send my best wishes to Ana, her husband and baby.

Jamie on

Am surprised – happily so! – that no one as had hysterics yet over the red wine but should anyone feel inclined to, read this first: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_pass_effect

Barby on

I breastfeed my 8 month old and haven’t had a drop of wine since… pregnancy, not because it is incompatible with nursing but because I don’t wan’t to. It is not necessary to carry an extra healthy diet for nursing, in fact It isn’t necessary to do anything special, your body is wise and your baby even wiser.

I now weight a little more than before -5 kg- but I don’t care, breastfeeding gives me and my baby so much happiness I would continue doing it even if it was a weight increase factor.

Regards from southern Europe

Joy on

I wish I could agree; but breast feeding never helped me to lose weight.. Oh, well.

Dee on

All my girfriends and the women in my family while breastfeeding, they would have a beer every once in awhile and that was on the advice of their doctor that it will help with their milk.

All babies are healthy and strong, the oldest being 12 yrs old and the youngest being seven months old. I am currentlty pregnant, albeit very early (six weeks) but when the time comes I’m sure I would love to have a beer and just relax. I gave up alcohol, a year and a half ago when we decided to try so I am definitely thinking I will be due for something after birth…lol

But that’s just me :)

nikki on

I wasn’t as lucky, it certainly wasn’t my ‘lipo’.

I stuck to a healthy diet with light exercise religiously, and breastfed, and hear I am a year later looking not much different, having said that I feel good at least!

Val on

Joy – I feel your pain. Nursed my son for a year and never saw anymore weightloss than the weightloss I had within the first four days postpartum. I want to be one of the lucky ones! Maybe with the next baby it will happen.

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