Jenna Fischer Hasn't Lost the Baby Weight, But She's Ok With That

   By drodriguez  Feb 08, 2012

Many women feel the pressure to lose baby weight quick after pregnancy. But like a breath of fresh air, actress Jenna Fischer proclaims that she was not like one of those celebs who struts out of the hospital in skinny jeans days after having her baby. In fact, The Office star admits that now, almost 4 months after the birth of her son, she has kept on a lot of the baby weight despite expectations that breastfeeding would help her lose it all in weeks.

A recent report from US magazine quotes Fischer saying, “Let me please stand in solidarity with all of the women who are not a size 2 six weeks after leaving the hospital.” And later explains, “I thought, you read all of the stuff in magazines like, 'Oh, I breastfed my baby and I am so skinny now.' I am breast-feeding my baby and I am not getting any skinnier! I think I'm just going to be a little bit bigger for a little bit longer, and that's fine with me."

Though breastfeeding definitely helps many women lose weight and burn calories ( reports a whopping 600 calorie per day burn for women exclusively breastfeeding their babies), results can vary and be more gradual than we expect. Breastfeeding women also consume more calories to keep the milk supply rich in healthy fat and nutrients which means some of us may keep on a few extra pounds during this time.

What do you think of Jenna Fischer’s attitude about her baby weight?

Did you find breastfeeding helped you lose all the baby weight or did you keep some on during this period?


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Meredith38 by Meredith38 | ROCKWALL, TX
Feb 16, 2012

Good for her! It took 9+ months for our bodies to get that way they. It's not going to go back overnight. But the older I am the harder it is to get off. I breastfed all 4.. First two weight dropped fast. Second two now 38 I have to work at it. My last little one is 7 months old I started working out Jan 16 and have lost 7 lbs and 15.5 inches. but I'm not done yet : )

MilWifeAsh by MilWifeAsh | SAN DIEGO, CA
Feb 08, 2012

I think it makes me like her even more! She's a real women and a real mom! We don't walk out of the hospital super skinny. I think hollywood is so distorted, I love that she's not like that. Good for her!

Feb 08, 2012

Jenna should be applauded for standing up for herself. What a great example of a great attitude. There are too many moments that will be gone too soon, enjoy those and worry about the rest later.

kitten08 by kitten08 | Petaluma, CA
Feb 08, 2012

It is so nice to see Jenna being real. Not many women get back to their pre-baby size quickly or at all. Before I was pregnant I was a size 2. After having my daughter I breastfed for over a year and am still not close to being a size 2. I am closer to a size 6/8 and am having a really hard time getting the weight off.

mzkellz by mzkellz | LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
Feb 08, 2012

I think everyone's body is different. I lost all of my baby weight within a month after having my son.

MamaRhonda by MamaRhonda | Bakersfield, CA
Feb 08, 2012

I'm glad that Jenna is being honest. I know I wasn't a size 2 a month after having my kids, despite nursing all day and night! Just saw a picture of Beyonce and she looks like a woman should after having a baby!

tara19652006 by tara19652006 | ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Feb 08, 2012

once you become a mom,that stuff does not matter any more. it is about being healthy.

CurlsinTN by CurlsinTN | MURFREESBORO, TN
Feb 08, 2012

Makes me feel better. I'm six months out and breastfed and I'm still a little bit bigger. It's refreshing to have a celebrity that lives in reality rather than a world of personal trainers, nannies, and unhealthy expectations. Yea for Jenna!!

jerseygirl1 by jerseygirl1 | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Feb 08, 2012

Good for Jenna! It sure isn't easy to lose the weight quickly after pregnancy and it seems ridiculous that people are expected to. Breast feeding helped me lose weight but slowly. Your body needs fat to make good milk for the baby so it isn't healthy for either of you to crash diet. Finally a celebrity who is sharing this!