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Is it safe to diet and lose weight while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to diet and lose weight while breastfeeding?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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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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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Is it safe to drink apple cider vinegar to lose weight while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink apple cider vinegar to lose weight while breastfeeding?

Shouldn't B pbm: This shouldn't be a problem for baby. Your body will sort out what you ingest & this will not end up in the breast milk. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Garcinia Cambogia while breastfeeding? Is this a safe way to lose weight?

Is it safe to take Garcinia Cambogia while breastfeeding? Is this a safe way to lose weight?

Garcinia Cambogia: This is from WebMD: "In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration warned everyone to stop using a weight-loss product that contained garcinia cambogia because some people taking it got serious liver problems. The product had other ingredients, too, so it's not clear that garcinia cambogia was to blame. While some research suggests the supplement is safe for your liver, other research says no." ...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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How can I lose weight while breastfeeding?

How can I lose weight while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding: You will already lose weight more quickly if you are breastfeeding. Don't try too hard to lose weight though - you need to take in enough to provide for both yourself and your baby. ...Read more

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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'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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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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Is there any pills to lose weight while breastfeeding, if not what is the most efficient way. Also I have thyroid as well?

Is there any pills to lose weight while breastfeeding, if not what is the most efficient way. Also I have thyroid as well?

The old fashioned: way (: But would keep you pace slow & steady regarding weight loss. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Patricia 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