Breastfeeding and Weight Loss

Breastfeeding Weight Loss

Interesting fact

~ Breastfeeding and weight loss ~

Moms who breastfeed seem to lose weight easier on their hips, buns and thighs compared to moms who formula feed.

Breastfeeding can burn between 200 and 1000 calories daily, depending on your baby’s (or babies) appetite and age. Breastfeeding Calorie Calculator found here

For those of you who are not familiar with how many calories you burn in the gym, those calories, would take about quite some effort to burn off.

What’s more, is that your body needs an extra 200-500 calories daily to keep you healthy while breastfeeding! (Depending on your BMI)

Research shows that moms who breastfeed, lose the weight picked up during pregnancy much faster than moms who formula feed their babies. 

One of the reasons why mothers pick up weight during pregnancy, is for fat stores needed during breastfeeding. So what happens if you don’t breastfeed? The fat stores stay right where they are.

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Breastfeeding and Weight Loss
So what if the Fat is just not coming off?

"I know what it feels like to give birth and realize two years later that you still haven't lost the post partum weight! The only thing that helped me, was exercise and calorie counting.

This way you can keep tabs on what you are eating and actually see your progress. I use a free online program called Sparkpeople. Slow steady breastfeeding and weight loss will ensure that you do not pick it up again, plus some. Doing things sensibly will ensure that you can be a happy mother, wife and a person that has energy and feels great. Remember that the journey there is more important than the destination."

When some mothers have managed to get most of the weight off, they struggle with those last few post partum pounds. You should continue with your weight loss efforts and know that you are still losing inches.

When your baby goes through a growth spurt, it can signal your body to keep some extra fat stores for your baby’s nourishment. Just stay away from stress eating and as soon as you and your baby start to wean, the last few pounds should drop off easily.

What Types of Food should you Eat for Weight Loss while Breastfeeding?

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, low fat foods. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Some good foods to eat while breastfeeding: oatmeal, lean protein, salad greens, mango, banana and pineapples. You can eat anything you want as long as it is in moderation.

Here is the diet I am following to lose weight while breastfeeding.

Interesting fact

~ Breastfeeding and weight loss ~

Loosing weight too quickly (more than 2,5 kg weekly) can cause the release of harmful toxins into your breast milk.

Eating Healthy while Breastfeeding

My breastfeeding weight menu plan.

For weight loss whilst breastfeeding:

  • Consume quality calories with few fats and sugars.
  • Change your exercise routine continuously.
  • Manage stress well: Research shows that people who stress will experience a harder time at getting rid of tummy fat!
  • Get eight hours of sleep every 24 hours.
  • Do some body strength training: When your body consists of a higher muscle percentage, the fat is burned off easier.
  • Do not supplement your baby with anything, let your baby breastfeed exclusively for at least the first six months. 
  • Exercise three times per week, for an hour each time. Breastfeeding weight loss without exercise is also possible, as long as the mother doesn’t exceed her calorie balance.
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No Weight Loss while Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding weight gain

Many women might feel that breastfeeding is making them retain or pick up extra weight, the truth is, most mothers are quite stressed out after having a baby, and she might resort to food as a stress reliever.

Breastfeeding cannot make you pick up weight. It may keep you from losing your last few pounds, but that’s about it.

Some mothers only start losing the weight after six months of breastfeeding, but the weight does eventually come off. Just keep breastfeeding, after the six month mark, the weight should come off easily.

Interesting fact

Breastfeeding and weight loss ~

Breastfeeding mothers who consume only when hungry can lose an extra 0.5kg per month more than mothers who are not breastfeeding.

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