Penelope Cruz: Breastfeeding “Is Addictive,” Nursing Daughter Until 13 Months

Penelope Cruz in Allure
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Penelope Cruz is hooked! The Oscar-winning actress and husband Javier Bardem welcomed daughter Luna this past July — who joined big brother Leo, 2 — and Cruz tells the January issue of Allure that she’s savoring the joy of nursing her little girl. “I was breastfeeding my son 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter. [Nursing] is addictive,” the Spanish-born Counselor star, 39, admits. “It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop.”

Cruz and fellow Oscar winner Bardem, 44, wed very quietly back in 2010, and though the private couple mostly eschew high-profile Hollywood hobnobbing, Cruz reveals to Allure that a close pal is another global, glamorous Latina superstar: Salma Hayek. “She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs],” Cruz says of Mexican actress Hayek, 47. “It was because when we were working togther, 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.”

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(Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault share daughter Valentina, 6.)

Cruz’s own childhood, meanwhile, sounds awfully bohemian. “In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house,” she recalls. “There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked around the house. Not hippie, but very free.”

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