Serena Williams reveals she stopped breastfeeding daughter to lose weight

  • Serena Williams reveals she stopped breastfeeding daughter to lose weight

Serena Williams reveals she stopped breastfeeding daughter to lose weight

After breaking Stefanie Graf's Open Era record of 22 major titles at the 2017 Australian Open, Serena missed four major tournaments as she married and gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Jr.

The 36-year-old stormed through 6-1, 6-4 for what was her 16th straight Wimbledon win, having won the title in 2015 and 2016 before taking time off to start a family.

She said the old adage that new mothers lose weight by breast feeding is false and that she actually dropped 10lbs (about 4.5kg) nearly immediately after stopping.

"Williams" decision to stop breastfeeding was quite emotional and one of the most hard things she's has to do as a mom. I happen to love branding, not like research marketing, leave that for someone else.

Serena was referring to the experience she shared with viewers of her HBO documentary series Being Serena. The tennis superstar might make it all look easy (especially in her Wakanda-inspired catsuit), but she recently opened up about a hard decision she had to make as both a new mom and a tennis star: She chose to stop nursing in an effort to get into better shape to compete in Wimbledon.

Serena spoke candidly to reporters at Wimbledon about the emotional moment she chose to stop breastfeeding her little girl. "It definitely felt good". I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. Mommy has to do this I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I would.

Speaking about the attention-grabbing outfit, she said: "Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months. And she was fine".

Serena added: "After that, I lost 10 pounds in a week, I just kept dropping".