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Sure, breastfeeding and exercise have helped singer Christina Milian shed some of the 45 pounds she gained while pregnant with daughter Violet.

Her real weight-loss secret? Her mother, Carmen!

Asked Thursday at the Beverly Hills Xandros opening how she is losing the baby weight, Milian, 29, pointed to her mom and told, "This woman!"

"The first month, I lost weight drastically," said Milian, who gave birth in February (she told Us in April that she's dropped 27 lbs.). "On top of that, she cooked me a lot of raw vegetables and raw salads and proteins -- and it worked! I also drank a lot of water."

She also credited her mom with helping her bounce back after her split from her baby's father, producer The-Dream.

"I have a very supportive family, so between my mother and my sisters, they are helpful," she told Us.

Her daughter is doing "great," said Milian. "She's wonderful, as happy as ever, and she's growing her first two teeth. She is so adorable."

Her baby girl is already talking. Sort of.

"She said, 'Mama,'" Milian told Us. "It was a joy. I was so excited because I wasn't expecting her to do it. We said, ‘Say mama,’ and she said it!"