Parenting

Serena Williams’ Emotional Decision to Stop Breastfeeding

Becoming a mother is a wonderful thing but it also comes with a few challenges. All of us (mothers) face different challenges but it’s nice to see mothers open up about their experiences because it’s only then that we realize we are not alone.

Serena Williams did just that. She opened up about her tough decision to stop breastfeeding.

Hearing the age old rumor that breastfeeding helps you lose weight and then realizing that’s not your truth was hard for Serena. Despite breastfeeding her daughter, Alexis Olympia, for 6 months and eating a completely vegan diet, Williams was constantly gaining weight.

“I was vegan. I didn’t eat sugar. I literally have my chef total vegan.”

“Not french fry-eating vegan. Totally eating completely healthy. I wasn’t at the weight that I would have been had I not. For my body it didn’t work. No matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”

The emotional bond you create with your child when breastfeeding is indescribable. She talked about how difficult it was to emotionally detach.

“That was a different thing. I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it.

“I told her ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I would. She was fine.”

Williams was ready to play tennis but struggled to meet her weight goals because she was still breastfeeding. Once she stopped breastfeeding the weight melted away. She lost 10lbs in one week.

“It was interesting because all these articles over pop culture, you hear when you breastfeed you lose weight, and you’re so thin. That wasn’t happening to me.”

A lot of us have struggled with making decision that made us feel like a bad mom to further our careers. But we do have to realize that putting ourselves first doesn’t make us bad mothers. Whether we have to stop breastfeeding or put our child in daycare before we anticipated, we are still amazing mothers.

I’m thankful Serena shared her story, I’m sure she helped more people than she knows.

The 36-year-old gave birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September and took more than a year off.

She said she planned to stop breastfeeding in January but then continued until April before being advised by her team to stop in order to get into shape.

The mother of one said: “I was vegan. I didn’t eat sugar. I literally have my chef total vegan.

“Not French fry-eating vegan. Totally eating completely healthy. I wasn’t at the weight that I would have been had I not.” She added: “For my body it didn’t work. No matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”

Williams said once her daughter was six months old she finally felt she was able to stop nursing. “Then it was just emotionally letting go,” she said.

“That was a different thing. I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it.

“I told her ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I would. She was fine.”

She added: “After that, like literally I lost ten pounds in a week. It was crazy. I just kept dropping… that’s when I learned that everything was different.”

Williams, who wore a stunning catsuit at the French Open in tribute to mothers who have had difficult pregnancies like her, added: “I wanted to say that so women out there know that’s not true.

“Everyone takes things different. I think it’s important for us to share that message.”

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