While filming the final episode of HBO’s “Being Serena,” US Tennis star, Serena Williams opened up on how breastfeeding her eight months old daughter was taking a toll on her.
Despite exercising before her return, Serena Williams struggled physically after returning to full-time tennis training. She weighed 205 pounds and her body was storing fat to produce milk for her baby.
Discussing getting into shape, Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told her, “There is no miracle. You stop breastfeeding, you do the right thing every day.”
“Breastfeeding is an incredibly personal thing,” said Williams, an advocate for breastfeeding. “The connection that it gives me to Olympia — it’s been one of the most magical things I’ve ever experienced.”
While the tennis star loves the bond breastfeeding allowed her to share with her daughter Olympia, she said spoke of certain things she missed.
“The truth is I miss my body, being able to do other kinds of amazing things. I miss playing tennis. Mostly, I miss winning.”
Williams wants her daughter to know her as a great champion, not just as a mother. She said,
“Winning’s always been the way I define myself, and I want it to stay that way long enough for you to be able to watch me, cheer me on, and be proud of me.”