Kristin Cavallari Touts The ‘I Got My Awesome Post-Baby Body From Breastfeeding’ Line

The Getting Skinny on Breastfeeding campaign just got a new unofficial spokesperson. Twenty-five-year-old Kristin Cavallari has been captured looking conventionally, and therefore enviably, tiny since giving birth to son Camden Jack. So when People stuck a metaphoric microphone in the young mother’s face about the ever fascinating “post-baby body” weight loss, she had exactly one word to say. Well, one, in addition to a few others.

The tabloid reports Kristin’s weight loss as a result of breastfeeding:

“I honestly can say I owe it all to breastfeeding,” she tells PEOPLE Tuesday. “I read somewhere that it’s like running six miles a day. I know nursing is difficult for a lot of moms so it’s easier said than done. I eat healthy in general and I’m taking it easy in the gym and working out three to four days a week.”

This isn’t to discredit the calorie-draining effects of breastfeeding, but heading to the gym half the week could perhaps use some more airtime in that statement — not tacked on at the end like an afterthought. Luckily, she has good publicists who explicitly told her to throw formula mothers a bone with the qualifying “nursing is difficult” disclaimer lest she incite the fury of formula feeders everywhere.

But despite how Kristin is wowing even the misogynist pap with her body, she assures the publication that she’d like to do more work on herself:

“I do want to tone up my stomach a little bit more. Trust me, if you saw me I’m not ready for a bikini, let’s just put it that way,” she says with a laugh. “I’m close, but I haven’t [lost all the weight].”

Perhaps more breastfeeding? Followed by five to six days a week of cardio, but you know, no biggie. Yay breastfeeding!

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  • Katia

    Ha you’re not even a mom maybe you should stfu on breastfeeding! Seriously why do we have to walk on eggshells because some moms don’t want to breastfeed their children. Looks like she threw a bone to those who found breastfeeding hard, not those who didn’t want to do it.
    I lost all but 10 lb 3 months after my first one: breastfeeding and no diet or work outs besides walking since im the type that likes to walk for the fresh air, and the good mental feeling I get from it. But I was eating cookies daily and meat almost every night and on my 5’9!frame 10 extra lb was not much. Thank you breastfeeding. Being younger also helps. I’m up 20 lb from pre baby weight now… Might need to start working out as I have trouble going for good walks these days

    • alice

      ahhh, the “only after you’ve had a baby, are you permitted to speak of such things” argument.

  • kathleen

    It probably also help to have a personal trainer and someone to watch your baby while you go to the gym. But yeah — it’s totally all breastfeeding. I breastfed both of mine, and I have to credit my postnatal weight loss with the loss of all the fluids I had been retaining. Once my system flushed those out, I looked a lot better.

    Breastfeeding is NOT like running 6 miles a day, since running has cardiovascular benefits and tones muscle besides burning lots of calories. And breastfeeding mothers CAN burn between 200 and 500 calories per day, which is awesome. But it is not a weight-loss plan.

  • C.J.

    I breastfed both my kids, ate healthy, worked out and it still took me two years to lose all the weight after having them. I now weigh about 10lbs less than I did before I had kids. I still eat the same and probably exsercise less. I’m sure breastfeeding helps some people lose weight quickly but I was not one of those people.

  • Jules

    But if she had said that she was working 4 times a week, etc. then she would have been “shaming mothers who don’t workout”. For pete’s sake, she said the right thing, her first priority is her kid, it has had some benefits, shes working out lightly and eating normally. Give her a break.

    • kathleen

      Well, no — she’s actually (whatever her intent) making mothers who breastfeed and don’t lose tons of weight feel kind of crappy and/or defensive. We aren’t stupid — we know that celebrities and wealthy people have access to advantages that many of us don’t. To pretend that her baby weight all fell off through the magic of breastfeeding is dishonest.

    • AWB

      Why even focus on this? Everyone’s body is different…Everyone responds differently to pregnancy and everyone responds differently after. Why can’t people just leave it at that? I’m not a celebrity, don’t have a personal trainer or a personal chef. My daughter is 6 weeks old and I’m about 2 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight of 125. I didn’t gain tons to begin with (despite my hardest efforts at the request of my doctor) and I’ve done nothing but breastfeed the past 6 weeks – I haven’t worked out once. I’m not saying I lost weight because of the “Magic of breastfeeding,” but why can’t people accept that everyone’s body is different??

    • kathleen

      We focus on it because of the contradictions in the paragraph quoted in the article:

      ‘“I honestly can say I owe it all to breastfeeding,” she tells PEOPLE
      Tuesday. “I read somewhere that it’s like running six miles a day. I
      know nursing is difficult for a lot of moms so it’s easier said than
      done. I eat healthy in general and I’m taking it easy in the gym and
      working out three to four days a week.”’

      Soooooo…she can “honestly say [she] owe[s] it all to breastfeeding,” but in the last sentence she also cops to eating healthily and working out in the gym 3 to 4 days a week. I think that last bit might contribute to her weight loss, don’t you? I wouldn’t be addressing this at all if she didn’t kind of contradict herself. If she’d just said “I lost all the baby weight and I’m not working out” then you could pretty much justify saying that’s it’s ALL due to breastfeeding. Her statement is inaccurate.

  • Joan

    No word of a lie — I dropped all my baby weight and way more in a couple of months solely by breastfeeding after my first pregnancy. No workouts, ate like a pig…it honestly pulled the weight off. I couldn’t keep it on. I was seriously eating huge pastries from starbucks every single day, in addition to giant meals all day long. Friends and family thought I might have some sort of horrible disease because I got so thin…I was less than 100 pounds…went to the doctor and she said I was fine and that some people just burn a lot of calories breastfeeding. So give this actress a break…perhaps her particular metabolism just really does burn a lot of calories breastfeeding. It actually can happen, believe it or not. ;) And seeing that her appearance has an impact on her career, working out to keep the muscles toned post-birth isn’t such a horrible thing. Would you fault a lawyer for reading law journals while on mat leave to keep her mind sharp?