How To Sensibly Lose Weight While Breastfeeding How To Sensibly Lose Weight While Breastfeeding
Congratulations! You have a bouncing baby and are breastfeeding. That’s the good news. The bad news? Now you want to fit back into your... How To Sensibly Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Congratulations! You have a bouncing baby and are breastfeeding. That’s the good news. The bad news? Now you want to fit back into your snazzy pre-pregnancy clothing but aren’t sure how to do so while keeping up your milk supply. Here are some tips on how to sensibly lose weight while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Itself Aids Weight Loss

Studies show that breastfeeding moms lose their “baby weight” faster and more easily than moms who choose formula feeding. Why? Did you know that during pregnancy your body puts on 9 pounds just for the purpose of lactation? It’s like nature’s little insurance policy, ensuring that you will be able to draw from fat stores to produce milk in case food sources are scarce. This means that if you don’t breastfeed, your body has to work harder to lose that extra weight.

Experts point out that breastfeeding burns around 500 calories a day. So even if you don’t diet orexercise, your body will burn more calories than a non-lactating woman. Breastfeeding moms usually find that they experience increased hunger and thirst in the first weeks of nursing while their milk supply is being established. This is the body’s wisdom and it’s a good idea to listen to it.

Sensible Eating While Breastfeeding

There is no danger in losing weight slowly while breastfeeding. However crash diets or extreme diets that exclude entire food groups are not appropriate for nursing moms. Calorie counts of less than 1800 calories have shown in some studies to reduce milk supply. Nursing moms should eat to hunger and drink to thirst. Weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week is safest. Remember that if your nutrition profile or calorie intake is too low, your body will pull nutrients from your own stores to make milk. Eating well is in your best interest as well as baby’s.

A breastfeeding mother should eat a healthy, whole foods diet and avoid junk foods and hydrogenated fats (“trans fats” reduce the quality of fats in mom’s milk). It’s also a good idea to avoid excessive amounts of sugar, which will add empty calories.

Exercise With Baby

Unlike celebrities moms, it’s admittedly not easy for any ordinary women to adopt a new exercise program after baby. Life with a newborn is surprisingly busy, and mom may feel plenty of aches and pains left over from pregnancy – as well as fatigue from interrupted sleep.

A breastfeeding mom still has loose joints from the hormone relaxin, present in her body before birth. This means it’s easier for a new mom to injure herself if she isn’t careful. One of the best and safest exercises for a new mom is walking. Babies generally love the change of scenery and motion of walking outdoors, many moms have found that a fussy or colicky baby in particular is soothed in this way. Put baby in a stroller and head outside. Or better yet, use a soft cloth baby carrier to add some resistance and burn extra calories!

Shoot for a daily walk of 1-2 miles at a leisurely pace, working up to a brisk pace as you feel ready. This is a wonderful way to boost the metabolism, burn calories and generally feel better about your body postpartum. Studies show that daily exercise and time spent outdoors in sunlight also helps prevent or cure a case of the blues, which for some moms can proceed into full blown postpartum depression.

Talk with your healthcare provider about the safe time to resume exercise. This will vary depending on your activity level before and during pregnancy, and the birth experience you had.

For extra motivation and accountability, team up with a fellow mom or a group of moms to walk with. Check out local gyms, community centers and groups like “stroller moms” for exercise programs for new moms.

Be Patient

It took you 9 months to build and grow a life in your body with accompanying weight gain. Why expect yourself to drop that extra weight overnight? Give yourself time. 6 months is a good goal. This time frame allows you to lose the weight slowly, which is more sustainable long term and less likely to harm your metabolism. Reject the images of celebrity moms with seemingly instantaneous weight loss after baby. Hollywood types have a team of people: nannies, chefs, housekeepers, fashion consultants and the like to rely on. For real moms, it takes time.

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  • Jeanne

    2016-10-30 #1 Author

    I ready feed for a year wish at first I lost all my baby weight but I didn’t work out so I gained it all back 🙁


  • Tyreke

    2016-10-30 #2 Author



  • Tyreke

    2016-10-30 #3 Author



  • Sydney

    2016-10-30 #4 Author

    Omg this is amazing i widh i would have breastfed


  • Atlantis

    2016-10-30 #5 Author

    I breast fed for 1 month and my stomach went down immediately!


  • neshia

    2016-10-30 #6 Author



  • jayda

    2016-10-30 #7 Author

    this really works.


  • Erickah cueva

    2016-10-31 #8 Author

    Yes ! I’m glad I found this article just had a baby, breastfeeding and working out.


  • Laticiana

    2016-10-31 #9 Author

    I Only Did It For A Month And It Really Works


  • Simone Miler

    2016-10-31 #10 Author

    My baby is 5 days old. I am definitely looking forward to breastfeeding. The results seem amazing. I enjoyed reading this post. Made me smile.


    • Shanaybian Cunningham

      2016-11-03 #11 Author

      Breastfeeding Was A”mazing Too But It Was A Lil Bit Confusing Cause It Took Some Time Til He Lached On It Right


  • Denise

    2016-10-31 #12 Author

    That’s Amazing


  • Teona mendenhall

    2016-10-31 #13 Author

    Omg i really have to try this


  • Pretty pie

    2016-10-31 #14 Author

    I lost most of my baby fat breastfeeding for only 2 weeks, it was amazing to me.


  • Moesha

    2016-10-31 #15 Author

    That is great informative information


  • Raisha

    2016-10-31 #16 Author

    I really needed to read this!


  • Madison

    2016-10-31 #17 Author

    This was inspiring ima try to do this


  • Tierra Yvette

    2016-10-31 #18 Author

    I’ve been breastfeeding for 11 months. My daughter will be 1 November 11,2016 . The journeyf has been a new experience but with teeth it gets difficult she has 9. Not a lot of weight gain or loss just steady. Helpful tips really needed this post was well needed.


  • Garansiha

    2016-10-31 #19 Author

    My daughter will be 13months on November 7th & I am proud to say she has NEVER had a drop of formula!!!!! All breastmilk ?????? Breastfeeding is the ABSOLUTE best thing ever….& the bonding time is beyond amazing!


  • JaMesha

    2016-10-31 #20 Author

    Been breastfeeding for 2 months. I wanted to drop the weight quickly but I don’t care anymore.


  • Jasmine

    2016-10-31 #21 Author



  • Shanequa

    2016-10-31 #22 Author

    This really works! I’m a breastfeeding mom, going on 4 months now, and have lost over 10lbs. Breastfeeding comes with so many benefits! Not only for your baby, but for you too! Not to mention, the bonding that you develop with your baby is amazing and priceless! I’m so happy I chose breastfeeding over formula!


  • Siyah Trionne

    2016-10-31 #23 Author

    Breast feeding is a great way to lose stubborn pregnancy weight.



    2016-10-31 #24 Author

    I breatfed for two months and my stomach was down within 2 weeks of having my baby boy!


  • Quiandrea Borders

    2016-10-31 #25 Author

    Me personally I’ve never tried breast feeding but I’ve had serveral friends and family members that say it works!


  • Ashley

    2016-10-31 #26 Author

    My baby was great breast feed. But I was already small so I didn’t have to lose weight


  • Brittni Fields

    2016-10-31 #27 Author

    Yes Breastfeeding Definitely Worked For Me !


  • Okunima hope

    2016-10-31 #28 Author

    Good. Nice tips u ve given thank you


  • Jenisha moody

    2016-10-31 #29 Author

    Great advice awesome for child bonding as well


  • Sametta

    2016-10-31 #30 Author

    Thanks for the info


  • Tricia

    2016-10-31 #31 Author

    Breastfeeding worked for me…just a few months and I’m back to my normal size.


  • Tiffany McCoy

    2016-10-31 #32 Author

    Breastfeeding was awesome for me! By the time I went to me 6 week check up I lost all the baby weight plus some!!


  • Dentoya

    2016-11-01 #33 Author



  • Virginia

    2016-11-01 #34 Author

    Breast feeding worked miracles for me.


  • Ava

    2016-11-01 #35 Author

    Breast feeding worked very well. im right back down to my original size.


  • Shay

    2016-11-01 #36 Author

    Breastfeeding has the best nutrients


  • Tutu busari

    2016-11-01 #37 Author

    My wife breastfed our baby for 9 months and he has never be sick for once..he is d smartest Lil thing ever.


  • Josalyn

    2016-11-01 #38 Author

    I breast fed for 6 weeks. But I stopped when. I went back to work, I should kept it up


  • Armies j

    2016-11-01 #39 Author

    I’m considering breast feeding after this article I wasn’t aware that u burn 500 calories each time u feed your child that’s amazing


  • shayna

    2016-11-01 #40 Author

    I breastfed and my stomach went down a lot. I say breastfeeding is something great to do.


  • Arielle

    2016-11-01 #41 Author

    I tried to breast feed I lasted two months it was just to painful my great were as hard as bricks when I stopped 🙁


  • Jasmine Nickelson

    2016-11-01 #42 Author

    I wanted to try breastfeeding,But no milk will come out..I leaked one day and that’s it…


  • Unique

    2016-11-01 #43 Author

    I LOOOOVE BREASTFEEDING MY BABY… People have always told me that breastfeeding was great and helps with weight lost but u actually gained a couple pounds after my pregnancy …. I do Feed him formula but only when y breast supply isn’t up as quick as his demand. And well also when he is at the babysitter because I am back to work now …. But these posts are really helpful and fun facts


    • Hlengiwe

      2016-11-02 #44 Author

      I enjoy breastfeeding more than anything, yes it’s true I lost weight easily but I’m worried because I’m always hungry and eating non stop. I am now asking myself, what will happen if I stop breastfeeding… Will I be able to stop my new eating habits?


  • Danyiele

    2016-11-02 #45 Author

    Breastfeeding went well for with my daughter. Definitely going to do it again with this one due May 10th. Super excited


  • Shanicka Barnes

    2016-11-02 #46 Author

    I like breast feeding


  • Lumka lumcash mbeka

    2016-11-02 #47 Author

    Its so nice to breastfeed ,My firstborn stopped at 1year eight months


  • Majorsys

    2016-11-04 #48 Author

    Wow, that’s what I was searching for, what
    a material! existing here at this website, thanks
    admin of this web site.


  • charity appenteng

    2016-11-14 #49 Author

    I like Brest feeding my boy, I v Brest feed him for 10 month now my tommy v gone down..


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