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Serena Williams recently opened up about her decision to stop breastfeeding, sharing at a Wimbledon news conference that, unlike many new moms, she struggled to lose weight while breastfeeding.

"I'm going to be totally frank. I feel like everyone says, 'You're so thin when you breastfeed," the tennis star said at the news conference.

"That's a lie," one of the reporters said.

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"Isn't it! Thank you! All over pop culture, you hear that when you breastfeed you lose weight and you're so thin. It wasn't happening for me," Williams replied with a laugh.

1 day until #Wimbledon 🍓 In this moment, 22 was the greatest feeling, but ultimately getting to 23 was even better. Never let anyone put a limit on how far you can go.

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Despite her weight struggle, Williams actually breastfed longer than she originally planned. 

Williams said she was trying to get to the three-month mark but kept deciding to extend her breastfeeding time. She continued breastfeeding until her daughter, Olympia, was 6 months old. 

However, at the six-month mark, she decided it was time to stop, so she sat down with her daughter, and said, "Look, I'm going to stop. Mommy has to do this."

Read more at Essentialbaby.

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