May 19, 2010 01:00 PM

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Like many new moms, Christina Milian raves that her own daughter is “the best baby.” What makes 11-week-old Violet Madison so special? Her sunny disposition, already apparent bright and early each morning.

“She’s just always so happy the second she wakes up,” the singer and actress tells Moms & Babies. “She has a smile on her face.”

When it comes to body after baby, Milian, 28, singles out diet as the secret to her success.

“A lot of liquids, a lot of water, a lot of raw vegetables and salads,” she explains. “I stuck to that and it all came off.”

Nursing also plays a role, and Milian says that you’ll rarely catch her without a breast pump nearby.

“I always pump everywhere,” she confesses. “It’s a little embarrassing to say but it’s part of the whole thing.”

— Reporting by Michelle Ward

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