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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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Lose 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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Is it true that breastfeeding makes you put on weight?? Not lose it like everyone gets told. What can I do to lose weight while breastfeeding??

Is it true that breastfeeding makes you put on weight?? Not lose it like everyone gets told. What can I do to lose weight while breastfeeding??

Weight drops if...: "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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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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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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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 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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What's an easy way to lose weight while breastfeeding?

What's an easy way 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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Is it harder to lose weight while breastfeeding?

Is it harder to lose weight while breastfeeding?

No: On the contrary, nonlactating moms often find it difficult to lose weight. ...Read more

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What are things i can do to lose weight while breastfeeding?

DIET AND exercise: Eat healthy nutritious diet, prefer grilled and baked foods rather than fried foods and eat fruits and vegetables daily also do some kind of light exercise daily. ...Read more

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Im breastfeeding and im afraid to eat too little because i don't want it to affect my supply but im trying to lose weight. I had my baby 4 1/2 months?

Im breastfeeding and im afraid to eat too little because i don't want it to affect my supply but im trying to lose weight. I had my baby 4 1/2 months?

Balanced nutrition: If you eat a well balanced diet based on your pre-pregnant weight ( calorie wise) & simply breast feed, you can lose a pound every week or two.Make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins & plenty of fluids. The loss will be slow but natural. The books that say to up your calorie intake to bf are assuring that you won't lose weight. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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