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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

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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Loam feeding my 70 days old baby breast feed 70% percents and formula 30%..Do i burn calories? I feel so tired i don't eat a lot or more than usual

Loam feeding my 70 days old baby breast feed 70% percents and formula 30%..Do i burn calories? I feel so tired i don't eat a lot or more than usual

Yes. 300-500 Kcal: Your body requires from 300-500 calories a day to produce the equivalent of 3 bottles of formula a day. Also, you may not be getting enough rest or fluids, there are more demands on you time and responsibilities. Postpartum depression can also present with fatigue. Don't be shy with discussing your feelings with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do you think I can go on a calorie controlled diet whilst breastfeeding?

Do you think I can go on a calorie controlled diet whilst breastfeeding?

Not advisable: It's not a good idea to limit caloric intake to the point you are losing weight while breastfeeding. Some of that should happen naturally anyway with the breastfeeding. If you limit calories, you risk limiting nutrients your child needs. Not to say you should overdo it either and eat 10,000 calories a day. If needed, talk to a dietician or lactation specialist. ...Read more

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Calories to eat per day if trying to lose weight and breastfeeding?

Calories to eat per day if trying to lose weight and breastfeeding?

It depends...: It depends on how much exercise you are getting. If your baby is only drinking breast milk, you're burning about 500 calories a day making milk. In a study, nursing moms taking in about 1700 calories a day lost weight without affecting their babies' health. ...Read more

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How to figure out how many calories to lose weight when breastfeeding?

How to figure out how many calories to lose weight when breastfeeding?

500-600 cal varys: To support lactation and maintain maternal reserves, most mothers in developing countries will need to eat about 500-600 additional kilocalories every day. ...Read more

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What amount of calories should I eat to lose weight while breastfeeding?

Depends: Not knowing your height, weight and nutritional needs, it's only a guess. And at 48, that's amazing! assume that you would normally lose weight on a 1500 kcal diet. Breastfeeding moms burn up an extra 200-300 kcal a day producing breastmilk. Thus if you did some light exercise a day and ate 1500kcal, you would likely lose weight. Make sure to continue to drink lots fluids and calcium daily. ...Read more

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How to figure out how many calories per day to lose weight while breastfeeding?

How to figure out how many calories per day to lose weight while breastfeeding?

It depends...: It depends on how much exercise you are getting. If your baby is only drinking breast milk, you're burning about 500 calories a day making milk. In a study, nursing moms taking in about 1700 calories a day lost weight without affecting their babies' health. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding 10 month old. Is 1200 calories per day enough for me? Trying to lose five pounds.

Breastfeeding 10 month old. Is 1200 calories per day enough for me?  Trying to lose five pounds.

No: Severely restricting your calories will decrease your breast milk supply. Try to get at least 1500 or more and increase your exercise rather than decreasing your intake. Make sure you take in plenty of water too. ...Read more

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If I'm trying to lose weight while working out 5 days a week and breastfeeding, how many calories should I consume per day?

If I'm trying to lose weight while working out 5 days a week and breastfeeding, how many calories should I consume per day?

1500 kcals: you should lose weight on 1500 kcals a day. Walk 10k steps a day and track your water and fruit/veggie intake. You didn't mention how old the baby is, but as she grows you should really start losing weight especially when baby hits the six month mark. Try and sleep when you can. Here is a physician developed and tested health tracker to try www.personalmedicineplus.com put in " hodg" for the code ...Read more

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My friend is eating 800-1, 000 calories a day and breastfeeding a toddler. Is this dangerously low? What health problems could it cause?

My friend is eating 800-1, 000 calories a day and breastfeeding a toddler. Is this dangerously low? What health problems could it cause?

Sad problem: I have seen babies hospitalized for just such maternal diets. Most would get by for a while, since the mom's body often extracts nutrients from her bones/muscles/etc to give baby at least a minimum. This kind of diet leads to bone loss and malnutrition for both eventually. I wouldn't think twice about calling child and family services (most keep reports confidential)To have a 3rd party investigate ...Read more

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What amount of calories should I have while breastfeeding?

Breast feeding : You need about 2500 to 3000 calories per day to sustain breast feeding. Drinking fluid is important, but if you don't get in adequate calories you won't maintain your milk supply. This comes to 3 good meals and at least 2 smacks per day. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to eat only 1200 calories if I am breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding/dietin: You shuld eat healthy nutritious diet, high in vegetables and protein, avoid fatty foods and exercise daily. Try to get enough sleep as well so your body does not produce more cortisol inducing more weight gain or difficulty gaining weight. If you are on a calorie redced diet you may not be able to make enough milk and it would be bad for the baby. ...Read more

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What can I eat when breastfeeding that is healthy and will provide the extra calories?

What can I eat when breastfeeding that is healthy and will provide the extra calories?

Extra calories: If you are like most U.S. Women, you have some extra pregancy weight to lose; if you eat healthy--but not extra food for nursing you will benefit with a weight loss and still provide excellent nutrition for your baby. It is true that if your nutrition is not adequate and you are underweight---you will need to consume about 300 extra calories a day; but that is not true if you eat healthfully. ...Read more

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How many extra calories a day must I have if i'm breastfeeding twins?

How many extra calories a day must I have if i'm breastfeeding twins?

Varies..: There isn't an absolute number but nursing a singleton requires an 200-500 calories a day. Make sure to increase your fluid intake and remember that your body will produce breastmilk first, take care of you second. Eating a well balanced diet will help keep both momma and twins healthy. ...Read more

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How many extra calories a day can I have if i'm breastfeeding and pumping?

How many extra calories a day can I have if i'm breastfeeding and pumping?

Depends: Generally, if you are exclusively breastfeeding a single baby (not using any solids or formula), you need about 300 to 500 extra calories beyond what you ate prior to pregnancy. It's more important to eat to satisfy hunger than watch calories. Avoid eating for stress or fatigue. Eat a nutritious well-balanced diet because what you eat flavors your milk, so you are developing your baby's taste! ...Read more

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Is it advisable to be on low calorie diet while breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding requires many nutrients & burns a lot of calories. In order to produce an adequate supply of milk the body needs a good supply of nutrients & energy. Instead of counting calories new moms should focus on consuming a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. An extra 500 calories/day over typical requirements is recommended during breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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