Haylie Duff Focused on Breastfeeding at the Expense of Her Figure (And She Doesn’t Regret It)

02/03/2016 at 06:05 PM ET

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Haylie Duff says she hasn’t bounced back to her pre-baby body nine months after giving birth to daughter Ryan Ava — but the actress is totally okay with that.

Duff told Wonderwall that she “definitely” doesn’t “feel like I’m looking amazing.”

She explained, “I have not put pressure on myself to lose everything right away.”

Aside from walks with baby Ryan, Duff’s fitness regimen has been mellow, mainly due to her desire to breastfeed her little girl.

“I had sort of an interesting situation when I was nursing where if I was working out too much or cutting my calories, my milk supply really went down,” the Real Girl’s Kitchen host, 30, told Wonderwall.

“So for me, it was a struggle because I really wanted to focus on losing weight and getting my body back. But at the end of the day, I had to sit down and make the decision that meant the most to me — and that was breastfeeding my baby.”

Duff says after realizing she didn’t “care as much” about losing weight, she decided to focus instead on Ryan’s needs — but the extra baby pounds are still “coming off.”

“It’s a slow and steady process — the same way it was when I gained it,” she shared. “I’m feeling positive about it. Every week it’s like more off and more off. It’s just gonna be what it’s gonna be. The plus side is I have a beautiful, healthy little girl.”


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The actress says that she’s still focused on her health, however.

“Now that I have a baby that will eventually be eating real meals and not pureed everything, what I eat sets an example for her,” Duff explained. “It’s really important. I want her to see us eating healthy foods so that when she grows up, she wants to make those same decisions.”

— Lindsay Kimble

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Frolicking on

Pinch alert! Pinch alert! Too cute cheeks approaching!

Stephanie on

Finally, a celebrity who has a brain and cares more about her baby than getting back her “pre-baby body.” Her priorities are straight as an arrow. Go Haylie!

LadyRed on

Exactly what a mother should do! Good for her!

kaktyc96 on

Slow day, PEOPLE? Millions of Moms around the world do it. And who is this not so good looking woman anyway?

LAcanyonmom on

Good for her! I didn’t gain a lot of weight when I was pregnant and when I gained as I breastfed, It was very hard for me. It didn’t help that everything your read and everyone you met went on and on how they just dropped weight as the nursed…it doesn’t happen to all of us! I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my supply either and PS: Haylie…I dropped the weight as soon as I stopped and i’ve never been in better shape so don’t worry!

goodie on

I thought her cooking show was going to be the worst but actually….not AS bad as I thought.
haylie supports local sourced food and then makes a meal with it. not perfect but the concept is alright by me!!

Holly on

That story is a load of BS. She must be overeating because normal breastfeeding moms lose the weight without having to workout rigorously.

lira on

@kaktyc96 please, PLEASE post your photo for us to critique!!!

Pam on

Yeah she has got her priority right, take care her baby first before getting back on her shape.

MD213 on

To “Holly”: I am a physician specializing in women’s health and it upsets me to see you declare that it is not “normal” for a women to gain or maintain their initial postpartum weight. It is very common for women to lose weight whilst breastfeeding it’s also very common to NOT lose. It’s also normal for women to gain weight after they wean just as it is for women to begin their weight loss after they stop breastfeeding. You should not only think twice before making any kind of medical allegation but should also be kinder when speaking to and about others.

seriously on

enough with the glories of breast feeding and the excuse for not loosing weight you can eat healthy and lose weight and breast feed it is simple you eat and you gain weight you eat sensibly and you lose

Val on

Haylie looks older than 30 years old in this picture

matchababe on

HEY SERIOUSLY: I’d worry less about other people’s weight and more on spelling of basic words. Here’s an example: You are a LOSER, not a LOOSER!

Tanya on

Kudos to her for focusing on her daughter first and the second picture of her daughter’s smiling is so cute.

Xia on

Aww her daughter is so adorable.