‘Breastfeeding is addictive’: Penélope Cruz

The Spanish Hollywood star is enjoying being a mum at 39; so much so that she doesn't want to stop breastfeeding her baby girl.

'Breastfeeding is addictive': Penélope Cruz
"It's hard when the day comes when you have to stop," Penélope Cruz says about breastfeeding. Photo: Carl Court/AFP

Cruz and her Spanish Hollywood counterpart Javier Bardem had their second child six months ago; a girl they've named Luna, meaning moon in Spanish.

The Madrid-born actress is a firm believer in breastfeeding. "I breastfed my son (Leo) for 13 months and I plan to do the same with my daughter," she told fashion magazine Allure.

"It's hard when the day comes when you have to stop.

"Nursing is addictive," she added.

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Only days after being named 'Celeb with the hottest body' by Fitness Magazine, the mother-of-two doesn't seem at all concerned about packing on the baby kilos.

"I'm supposed to get extra calories because (when) breastfeeding you burn, like, an extra 500 a day."

In her interview with Allure, part of the January edition, Cruz also explains how she always knew she wanted a family because of the way she was brought up.

"Family has always been the most important thing," she said. 

Motherhood is also the central theme of Cruz’s new movie Twice Born, a story of an infertile woman's struggle to have a child, set against the brutality of the Bosnian war.

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Penelope Cruz: ‘I have my personal war with technology’

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make "all our brains explode".

Penelope Cruz: 'I have my personal war with technology'
Penelope Cruz on the red carpet at the screening of the film "Wasp Network" in Venice. Photo: AFP

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make “all our brains explode”.   

The Spanish mother-of-two said she was worried about how children's mental health and development were being affected by the ubiquity of tech.   

“I have my personal war with it,” she told reporters at the Venice film festival.

“I wish we could have lived in the 1990s for a little longer. For mental health issues that would have helped a lot, because I think things are going at a speed that we are unprepared for,” said the actress.   

Cruz, 45, who is starring in “Wasp Network”, a thriller about five Cuban undercover agents who became heroes for infiltrating radical exile networks in Florida, said tech was coming to utterly dominate children's lives, hogging their time and imaginations.   

“This might seem like an exaggeration to other people, but I am convinced that we were raised with a different relationships with technology,” she said.   

“Right now children and teenagers are in contact so much with electronics and it takes the time away from children to learn to play, to have conversations, to be at a table having dinner talking to their family, or to be bored — which is something important we all should learn as children.”   

Cruz, who has an eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter with fellow Spanish star Javier Bardem, said our lives were being swallowed up by it.   

Tech's daily dominance was “not only affecting children, but all of us…. It is something that is creating a lot of general anxiety and I wonder if this continues all of our brains are just going to explode,” said the actress, who made her name in “Jamon, Jamon” when she was only 15.   

Cruz said that she hoped that rising fears about what we are doing to the planet would chime with a harder look at what tech was doing to us.   

“I hope that there will be a movement for people to live in a different way, that will value a different pace, which leads us to the other big issue, what happens to the environment,” she added.

By AFP's Fiachra Gibbons 

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