Penélope Cruz: “Breastfeeding Is Addictive”

Academy Award-winner Penélope Cruz covers the January 2014 issue of Allure. The 39-year-old actress – married to actor Javier Bardem with two kids Leo, 2, and Luna, 5 months – opens up about breastfeeding and her BFF Salma Hayek.

On breastfeeding: “I’m supposed to get extra calories because breastfeeding you burn, like, an extra 500 a day. I was breastfeeding my son 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter. [Breastfeeding] is addictive. It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop.”

On family & her new role: “I always knew I wanted a family because of the way I grew up. Family has always been the most important thing.” Motherhood is the central theme of her new movie Twice Born, a story of a woman’s fertility struggles, set against the brutality of the Bosnian war. “She talks in a way that is really shocking many times,” Penélope says of her role in the film. “[She’s] not very politically correct. Because she had that dream of becoming a mother and [it’s] not happening, she says she feels defective.”

On her childhood: “In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house. There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked around the house. Not hippie, but very free.”

On Salma Hayek: “She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy. We slept in the same bed so many times and it was like she was always trying to wake me up and call me huevos.”

For more from Penélope, go to Allure….


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  1. I agree with her on breast feeding being addictive . I breast fed my twins till they where 2.5 years old . I loved it . You feel very calm and relaxed and peaceful nursing your baby . Its wonderful for mama and baby . Not that you can’t get that same connection with a bottle feeding . You have the extra bonus of burning calories with breast feeding.

  2. I feel the same way too. I breast-fed my daughter for 27 months and then a few years later, I breast-fed my son for 30 months. It was very difficult for me to stop. It kind of broke my heart. Especially since I knew I would not have any more children. That feeling of calm and peacefulness is very addictive.

  3. You know she really needs to keep this info to herself!
    She refuses to discuss her private life but here she is telling the world about her “addiction”. Using the word “addiction” to describe “her habit” is a bit gross.
    I have never heard any of my family,friends,co-workers,etc who breastfeed their kids describe it as “addictive”. Some can’t wait to stop.So what’s next,rehab for breastfeeders?

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