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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can i lose weight while i'm breast feeding?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Absoluely: Weight loss is all a calorie in/calorie out deal. If you expend more calories in a day than you take in, over time you will lose weight. Make sure you are getting enough fluids to keep your milk supply going, and enough variety of foods to get appropriate nutrition for the baby. Other than that, take your daily vitamin and enjoy the weight loss without having to work out!
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Yes: One of the benefits for yourself of breast feeding is that you will lose weight faster than if you did not. This is possible if you are not overeating and having a healthy and reasonable lifestyle.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Minimum caloric intake is 1500 calories/day.
Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
BREAST FEEDING: Difficult time to loss weight when you need more calories to feed your baby. Deminished food intake might affect milk secretion needed for lactation. Suggest exercise to augment weight loss.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Priorities : I would first consult with a nutritionist and lactation consultant. You need adequate calories to produce milk and avoid a catabolic state. It is important to support sufficient fat, protein and carbohydrates. Exercise is also a great way increase tone and increase muscle bulk and enhanced body contouring.

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