updated 09/14/2009 AT 1:30 PM ET
•originally published 09/21/2009 AT 7:30 AM ET
Just three weeks after giving birth to her first child, daughter Paloma Louise, Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz was back on set, baby in tow.
“[Paloma]’s like a little Ugly Betty mascot,” Ortiz, 38, told PEOPLE at the Fitness Mind, Body, Spirit Games in New York City last week. “Everybody is constantly popping into my room to pick her up or talk to her. She has this whole other family at [the show], and it’s great.”
During takes, her mother and costar Mark Indelicato’s mom watch Paloma, now 3 months old, whose father is Ortiz’s husband, musician Noah Lebenzon.
While filming season four of the hit show, the new mom has one on-set item she can’t live without – a breast pump. “That’s a horrible thing to say, but besides my mother, it’s a must-have because if you’ve got a boob full of milk, you’ve got to get it done,” Ortiz says with a laugh.
The nursing mom will often stop between takes to feed the baby, thanks to the watchful eye of the crew, who take note of Ortiz’s expanding bosom as the scene progresses. “The team will be, like, ‘Uh, Ana, do you need a break?’ And I’ll be like, ‘What are you guys looking at?!’ ”
Ortiz says she appreciates the family-friendly environment created by producer Salma Hayek, who has a daughter of her own, Valentina. “I think she set the bar,” Ortiz notes.
Ortiz also finds herself setting a new bar of her own. “It’s fashion week … I used to want to go to this show and do everything,” says the actress. “But this year, I want to stay home with my baby and my husband and hang out. It’s not better or more mature, just a different perspective for me. And I really like it.”