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A 24-year-old female asked:

Does breast feeding helps in losing weight ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: If you look at the specifics, creating breast milk for baby requires metabolic work on your part ( that is quite passive).Over 1yr your breasts will use your body energy to create roughly 500-1000 cal/day for baby. If you only consume the diet you need for your pre-pregnancy weight, you could drop 1-2 pounds a week due to breastfeeding alone.If you eat more you loose less.

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