Naomi Watts says Breastfeeding Lead to Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

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Naomi Watts Leiv SchreiberAs you may recall it's only been a few weeks since actress Naomi Watts had her second child. The Mulholland Drive star and beau Liev Schreiber welcomed son Samuel on December 13; recently, they spotted on the red carpet promoting Schreiber's latest endeavor, Defiance, and Naomi was looking quite svelte. Her secret? According to the actress breastfeeding is the cause of her post-pregnancy weight loss. Says Watts, "[Samuel] is sucking it all out of me, it seems." She went on to say that the baby himself weighed nearly 8 pounds and that his birth aided in her weight loss as well.

I am not sure how much weight Ms. Watts gained with her second spawn, but let's do that math: the average baby weighs about 7.5 pounds. The placenta and water and "whatnot" as I like to call it can weigh approximately eight to 12 more pounds (although that sounds like a LOT to me, don't you agree?). Thus, a pregnant woman could feasibly drop anywhere from 15 to 19 pounds upon delivery depending on the size of her baby. For a woman gaining the average recommended weight of about 25 to 35 pounds, that would leave her with about 10 or 15 pounds to lose post-baby.

If any of this is true, Watts could be well on her way toward losing that a month post-baby, between nursing and running around after her other son, eighteen-month-old Alexander. Either way, she looks healthy and great. I wish the media would stop focusing so much attention on celebrity moms' weight -- we all know they're going to lose it eventually, because they get paid to be skinny, but it seems like some sort of sick contest to see who can get the skinniest the fastest. Naomi seems pretty grounded in her motherhood and her health, though, so hopefully she's not succumbing to the pressure to be super-thin ten minutes after she gave birth!

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