Ashley Williams Drops Some Hard-Learned Knowledge on Coco Austin About Post Pregnancy Weight Gain: ‘I Gained 5 Lbs. Five Days After I Stopped Breastfeeding’

06/01/2016 at 11:00 AM ET

Ashley Williams may have gained only 27 lbs. during her pregnancy — and lost most of that during the delivery process — but the Good Morning Miami actress’ post-pregnancy weight-gain woes didn’t stop there.

“What was hardest for me was when I stopped breastfeeding,” Williams, 37, tells Nicole “Coco” Austin on PEOPLE’s Mom Talk. “I breastfed [19-month-old son Gus] for a year, and I gained 5 lbs. literally five days after I stopped breastfeeding.”

“So you gained weight right away after you stopped, or did it take some time?” Austin, 37, asks.

“Within one week, I had gained 5 lbs.,” Williams confirms.

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Austin, who has a 6-month-old daughter named Chanel Nicole with husband Ice-T, shares that she’s breastfeeding at the moment, and it has definitely helped her stay in shape — especially considering she’s been skipping the gym to spend more time bonding with her baby.

“I’ve noticed that breastfeeding in general just burns so [many] more calories [than not breastfeeding],” she says, adding that she also ate really healthy to supplement her lack of time working out.

As for Williams’ technique, she tapped into her inner yogi to help curb the weight gain while she was pregnant, which meant she had less to lose after Gus was born.

“One thing my midwife suggested while I was pregnant is this yogic principle of walking five miles a day when you’re pregnant,” she shares.

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Dances with Poodles on

This is SO true. I only gained 20 lbs with my son, lost all of it — and then some — within weeks. And when I stopped breastfeeding after a year, I gained 15 back! It’s easy to get used to breastfeeding burning all of those calories… and easy to gain weight once you stop.

SJ on

Am I the only person who thinks this is total BS, a total fallacy? Breastfeeding does NOT make you lose weight. Formula (after your milk dries up) or breastfeeding moms either eat healthier and lose the weight or don’t and don’t.
Also, even if it were true – 5 lbs? The HORROR! Ugh.

Kelly on

SJ, breastfeeding burns calories so it does help shed the weight. Eating healthy is important for anyone. But, if you’re breastfeeding then there’s a bunch of extra calories that go into the breast milk that the baby gets. The way to ruin it would be to eat way more than you need to. If you’re smart and eat right you can really use it to your advantage. Sorry, not a fallacy, it’s science.