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is it safe to diet and lose weight while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Your body needs proper nutrition while breast feeding. Attempting to loose wieght during this time risks your becoming malnourished.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: "dieting" is not needed, as long as the breastfeeding woman eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her normal (pre-pregnant) weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories).
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Absolutely: Usually when breastfeeding, you need 300-500 calories extra per day which is not much. You are absolutely encouraged to exercise and be on a healthy, wholesome diet to help with some fat loss to get to your pre-pregnancy weight.

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