London - Serena Williams has opened up about how she stopped breastfeeding her daughter after six months because it caused her to gain weight.
The seven-time tennis champion spoke about the emotional decision to give up nursing as she prepared for her Wimbledon comeback.
She said the old adage that new mothers lose weight by breast feeding is false and that she actually dropped 10lbs (about 4.5kg) almost immediately after stopping.
"It was interesting because all these articles over pop culture, you hear when you breastfeed you lose weight, and you’re so thin," she said, adding: "That wasn’t happening to me... I didn’t know that it wasn’t true."
The 36-year-old gave birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September and took more than a year off.