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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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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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

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I'm breastfeeding and was told that breastfeeding makes you lose weight. My son is 9 months and I have dropped any weight. what can I do?

I'm breastfeeding and was told that breastfeeding makes you lose weight. My son is 9 months and I have dropped any weight. what can I do?

Depends on your diet: BF only helps you loose weight if your intake is not increased beyond the calories you need for your pre-pregnancy weight. Your doc or a nutritionist can help you focus on a balance of intake and light exercise to help you succeed. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to stop breastfeeding in order to lose weight effectively?

Is it recommended to stop breastfeeding in order to lose weight effectively?

The opposite: Women who breast feed their babies lose weight faster than those who don't. You can safely adopt an exercise program while nursing, and your diet should be clean and healthy already. It is not advisable to use weight loss supplements or severely restricting diets while breast feeding. ...Read more

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Will the paleo diet help me safely lose weight while breastfeeding? I was told breastfeeding would help me lose weight... That is not true for me.

Will the paleo diet help me safely lose weight while breastfeeding? I was told breastfeeding would help me lose weight... That is not true for me.

Only if low calories: "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). ...Read more

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What are healthy meal ideas for breastfeeding mom trying to lose weight?

What are healthy meal ideas for breastfeeding mom trying to lose weight?

Good diet & exercise: Eat a good healthy diet and exercise. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, etc. Avoid empty calories like soda. You don't have to hit the gym. Try taking your baby out in a stroller and walk around your neighborhood or parks. It will be enjoyable for both of you. ...Read more

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Is breastfeeding a good way to lose weight?

Is breastfeeding a good way to lose weight?

Yes: Yes it is a good way for you to help loose the weight you gained during pregancy. ...Read more

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Will breastfeeding help me lose my baby weight?

Will breastfeeding help me lose my 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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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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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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