May 02, 2013 02:00 PM

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Who’s the boss of Alyssa Milano‘s heart? None other than her little man, 20-month-old son Milo Thomas.

“You think you know what love is before you have [kids]. Then you have the baby and it completely shatters whatever concept of [what] love was before you met them,” the actress told PEOPLE at Saturday’s Huggies Snug & Dry and Baby2Baby‘s Mother’s Day Garden Party event in Beverly Hills.

The first-time mom has been soaking up all the time she can with her son, subsequently putting the task of shedding her pregnancy pounds to the back burner. “I was very kind to myself and gave myself a lot of time. No pressure,” she says.

“I find any sort of weight loss is about eating less and moving more, so I just did that and took my time.”

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But in the year it took Milano, 40, to completely bounce back, her focus remained on her baby boy — and not regaining a beach-ready body.

“Our bodies are not made to look good in a string bikini!” the Mistresses star says. “Our bodies are made to nurture and cuddle and all of those amazing things that come along with being a mom.”

Completely head over heels with their son, Milano and husband David Bugliari have already broached the subject of another baby and are looking forward to expanding their family … eventually.

“I’m enjoying this one right now,” she says. “We’re talking about baby number two, but we’re not actively trying yet.”

— Anya Leon

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