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What is a safe diet while breastfeeding? I can't seem to loose the weight I had gained while pregnant.

What is a safe diet while breastfeeding? I can't seem to loose the weight I had gained while pregnant.

Weight watchers: Weight watchers offers a sensible, well established diet plan that works. They make adjustments for breastfeeding, so it's completely safe. They will also make recommendations for exercise. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What would cause me to loose significant amounts of weight (now in three pregnancies) and gain weight after baby while n exclusively breastfeeding?

What would cause me to loose significant amounts of weight (now in three pregnancies) and gain weight after baby while n exclusively breastfeeding?

Less activity?: After delivery, white spending time for breast feeding, it is possible that less time was spent on physical activity. Some mothers increase calory-intake while breast feeding, which also can result in weight gain. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to have green tea to loose weight while breastfeeding?

Would if be okay to have green tea to loose weight while breastfeeding?

Be careful: Green tea itself may be safe in small amounts but pill formulations contain combinations of substances; you would have to study each formulation to determine what the ingredients may do.
Green tea (camellia sinensis) contains caffeine, polyphenols, & tannins. Fussiness, jitteriness & poor sleep patterns have been reported in the infants of mothers with very high caffeine intakes. ...Read more

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How many calories should I be consuming and burning everyday to loose weight? I'm 5'8, 234lbs and breastfeeding.

How many calories should I be consuming and burning everyday to loose weight? I'm 5'8, 234lbs and breastfeeding.

Check BMR: You should check your basal metabolic rate, your body composition and talk to your primary physician. You shall eat calories equal to your BMR and take good vitamins and minerals. Avoid high sugar foods. No sodas. Add regular exercise program. Keep your doctors reccomendations in the plans. Avg weight loss will be 1-2 lbs a week till u reach about 200 lbs. ...Read more

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Had baby in January. So to loose the baby weight I eat healthy, Walk every night, work out, breastfeeding my baby still. Gaining a lot of weight. Help?

Had baby in January. So to loose the baby weight I eat healthy, Walk every night, work out, breastfeeding my baby still. Gaining a lot of weight. Help?

Quit eating for 2: You need to sit down with a clinical nutritionist and come up with a diet that accommodates your feeding and basic needs but allows you to lose weight. BF should drain you by at least 300-400 calories/day which should let you lose a pound every week or so if your diet is designed to support your pre-pregnancy weight. ...Read more

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What's a good weight loss diet to do while breastfeeding? I would like to loose 30 lbs.... Is that realistic while still nursing?

What's a good weight loss diet to do while breastfeeding? I would like to loose 30 lbs.... Is that realistic while still nursing?

Breast feeding: If you're breast feeding you are using up an additional 1000 calories a day. You shouldn't diet in addition to that. You need to eat a well balanced meal for yourself and the baby. You should lose 2 pounds a week by breast feeding alone. More than that is not recommended. ...Read more

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I just had a baby 2 months ago and im loosing a lot of weight. What can I do to gain weight while breastfeeding? I tried eating more calories per day but it don't work. Ppcan I take any pills or shakes to gain weight if im breastfeeding? Please help I wan

I just had a baby 2 months ago and im loosing a lot of weight. What can I do to gain weight while breastfeeding? I tried eating more calories per day but it don't work. Ppcan I take any pills or shakes to gain weight if im breastfeeding? Please help I wan

You: You need to increase your overall calorie count and the protein you are taking. I would not recommend pills or special shakes as the ingredients might not be approved for breastfeeding. Regular milkshakes would be fine. Try to increase the amount of red meat, dairy products, and healthy foods in your diet. If your weight continues to decrease please have a medical evaluation to be sure you don't have a condition that is causing your weight loss. ...Read more

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I breast feed but I want to loose weight quick is it bad if I just drink boost my stepdad did that and lost a lot of weight so I want to try?

I breast feed but I want to loose weight quick is it bad if I just drink boost my stepdad did that and lost a lot of weight so I want to try?

If breastfeeding: Please don't get into speed dieting. Rather than drinking boost why not elect to have a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. ...Read more

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I've been breastfeeding & supplementing for 6 months now, & craving sweets, my clothes are still tight around waist, what can I do to loose weight?

I've been breastfeeding & supplementing for 6 months now, & craving sweets, my clothes are still tight around waist, what can I do to loose weight?

Keep breast feeding: There are calories in breast milk for the baby, supplement less and more calories will go to baby. Count your own calories as part of a weight loss project. Exercise is very useful for shaping back to your shape before the baby. ...Read more

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I hv a daughter of 9 months I breast feed her for 7 months now im dieting n exercising but my weight is not loosing wat to fo I want to loose weight?

I hv a daughter of 9 months I breast feed her for 7 months now im dieting n exercising but my weight is not loosing wat to fo I want to loose weight?

Slow weight loss: Of 1/2 to 1 pound a week is healthiest and requires that you cut back 250 to 500 calories a day from your baseline intake when your weight was stable. Be sure to get enough rest and to take in adequate fluids. Limit simple sugars like juice and pop and processed grains like white bread, white rice and pasta. Be patient. It will happen. ...Read more

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Hi I've been drinking water with ACV and lemon everyday and exercising and breastfeeding and still I'm not loosing weight why is this I'm overweight?

Hi I've been drinking water with ACV and lemon everyday and exercising and breastfeeding and still I'm not loosing weight why is this I'm overweight?

Simple answer: You are eating for two, but to lose weight you need to eat only what is needed to maintain your pre-pregnancy weight. You may need help from a nutritionist to decide on a diet proper fro BF and your needs, but BF alone should burn off enough calories you could loose a pound every week or two. ...Read more

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I've been breastfeeding for six months now, and slowly gaining weight. I eat healthy and have active job. Is it true that sometimes you can actually gain weight instead of loosing it while breastfeeding? Iv heard you lose weight.

I've been breastfeeding for six months now, and slowly gaining weight. I eat healthy and have active job. Is it true that sometimes you can actually gain weight instead of loosing it while breastfeeding? Iv heard you lose weight.

Unfortunately no: No, breast feeding per-se will not cause you to gain weight. If anything it is likely to make you lose weight. It requires additional energy to produce the milk made during lactation. This added demand will make you more hungry. In the modern world we have so much easy access to very high calorie foods it can be easy to mis-calculate and put on weight. ...Read more

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How much weight can person lose while breastfeeding?

How much weight can person lose while breastfeeding?

Can't tell: It's difficult to determine. With breast feeding your metabolism is working more, which helps burn calories. It also helps your uterus contract back down to regular size quicker. This will decrease the pregnant belly appearance and make you look thinner sooner. The exact amount of weight loss depends on how much you gained and how much you weighed prior to your pregnancy. ...Read more

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How much weight should I lose after baby if breastfeeding?

How much weight should I lose after baby if breastfeeding?

Depends: Breastfeeding mother statistically lose more weight than those who do not breastfeed. How much weight you should lose is largely dependent of your pre-pregnancy weight, normal weight, underweight, or overweight and how much weight you gained while pregnant. Warning, rapid weight loss can adversely affect your milk production which is dependent of mom's diet and fat stores. ...Read more

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How much weight is safe to lose per week when breastfeeding?

How much weight is safe to lose per week when breastfeeding?

Up to two pounds/wk: You are feeding any where from 500-1000 calories a day to the infant, that equates to a high of 2 pounds a week. ...Read more

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How can I gain weight while breastfeeding? I've lost too much

How can I gain weight while breastfeeding? I've lost too much

See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, ... Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, ... ...Read more

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Will breastfeeding help me lose my baby weight?

Will breastfeeding help me lose my baby weight?

Yes: A new mom will lose weight as long as she breastfeeds her baby, and she eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her 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). ...Read more

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Will breastfeeding help me lose the baby weight?

Will breastfeeding help me lose the baby weight?

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. ...Read more

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Healthy baby and ok during breastfeeding now at 4 slow weight gaining?

Healthy baby and ok during breastfeeding now at 4 slow weight gaining?

Question not clear: I am not sure I understand the question totally. If you are saying now that you are slowing gaining weight, it is probably related to your calorie intake, activity level and not having an increased metabolism if not nursing now. Make sure to eat right, limit sodas and sports drinks, avoid second helpings and snacks and me as active as you can be. Try a jogging baby stroller to help. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and now im very thin, what should I do to gain weight?

I am breastfeeding and now im very thin, what should I do to gain weight?

Likely nothing: Unless you are severely underweight and malnourished (unlikely, if you are successfully breast feeding), then you probably don't need to gain weight. If you think you might be underweight, see your doctor. But if you are thin, but you eat a good, varied and healthy diet and you keep yourself well hydrated, then stop worrying about it. ...Read more

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Why is it that during breastfeeding some come fat and when they stop breastfeeding they loss weight.

Why is it that during breastfeeding some come fat and when they stop breastfeeding they loss weight.

Eating more: The opposite of what you said is generally true. Breastfeeding increases one's metabolism making it easier to lose weight. I suppose the people you are referring to just ate too much. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and cannot stop eating! Especially naughty foods like chocolate! Why is this. I am a healthy weight and exercise?

Chocolate: Is not "naughty". The chocolate bean is bitter and it is the addition of large amounts of sugar that gives it its flavor and its addictive properties. Dr yudkin, a london professor did research on sugar and wrote a book "sweet and dangerous" in 1973. He showed that sugar was the cause of cardiovascular disease and it was forgotten. I am only too well aware of the extent of health loss from this. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding last 6wks what's a Good way to lose more weight already dwn to prepreg size just need to get to healthy weight 120-130 I'm 5"2 3rd kid?

Breastfeeding last 6wks what's a Good way to lose more weight already dwn to prepreg size just need to get to healthy weight 120-130 I'm 5"2 3rd kid?

Breast feeding: Breast feeding is such a healthy way to feed your baby and also gives you the opportunity to bond more closely. A positive effect of breast feeding is loosing weight. Just make sure you have good nutrition for you and the baby. It is not used as a method of weight loss. Enjoy your baby, breast feeding and be healthy. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding 3 months baby. My weight is 175 lbs. How much water shall I have per day?

Enough to pee: As long as both you & baby are getting enough fluids that you need to urinate every 6 hours (baby usually every 4) then evrybodies doing fine. You get fluid value out of some foods so counting drinks is not helpful. ...Read more

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I'm losing too much weight breastfeeding so I want to stop but my 8 month old doesn't like formula. What can I do?

I'm losing too much weight breastfeeding so I want to stop but my 8 month old doesn't like formula. What can I do?

Other foods: Eight month old is old enough to weaned to baby food, and regular food in small amounts. It may help to talk to your pediatrician and other moms. You may consult this site for good information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/healthy-baby/art-20046200
Wish you good health, a happy baby and a happy new year! ...Read more

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Will breastfeeding help me lose weight?

Will breastfeeding help me lose weight?

Yes: Yes, yes and yes. Breast feeding will help your uterus shrink back to its normal size faster and will help you shed the pregnancy weight. Even though it's nice to lose weight, remember to eat healthfully while breast feeding - your nutrition is your baby's nutrition. So eat well, breast feed often, and watch yourself get smaller while your baby gets bigger. ...Read more

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How to lose weight while breastfeeding?

How to lose weight while breastfeeding?

Discuss with PCP: Work with your pcp or nutritionist to decide on a proper food intake that would support your pre-pregnancy weight. Then just stay on that program and continue to breastfeed. You can drop 1-3 pounds a month with this method ; it should stay off. ...Read more

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Does breastfeeding help women lose weight?

Does breastfeeding help women lose weight?

Yes: Breastfeeding women burn a significant amount of calories, up to 600 per day more than those who do not breastfeed. Six hundred calories is the equivalent of jumping rope for almost an entire hour, so you can imagine that this would be helpful in weight loss. However, weight loss is variable among breastfeeding mothers & everyone will not see a significant weight change simply from breastfeeding. ...Read more