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Doctor insights on: Postpartum Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

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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 losing weight while breastfeeding affect milk supply?

Will losing weight while breastfeeding affect milk supply?

Probably not.: As long as you are drinking your water, getting your rest, a slow steady weight loss is a nice "side effect" of breastfeeding. You will be much more likely to get back to your pre pregnancy weight that your non breastfeeding friends! it may take a year, so be patient. Congratulations, for doing such a wonderful thing for your baby's health. ...Read more

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Ace weight loss, can I take while breast feeding?

Ace weight loss, can I take while breast feeding?

No: All diet pills are extremely risky.Not only can they dysregulate your metabolic system and your stress response system, thereby increasing the risk for developing depression &anxiety.They can interfere with absorption of nutrients. All of these situations are bad, esp during lactation and postpartum. Eat small meals frequently, drink lots of water, rest to destress and help body function better! ...Read more

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Does breastfeeding help women lose weight?

Danielle Jones Dr. Jones
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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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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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Can i take appetite suppressants or weight loss shakes while breastfeeding?

Can i take appetite suppressants or weight loss shakes while breastfeeding?

Weight Loss: I do not think it is wise to do either while you are nursing. the act of nursing itself causes some weight loss, but to give your child all the nutrition it needs takes a lot of calories and energy. You can not do this while suppressing your appetite. ...Read more

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Am breast feeding and losing weight?

Am breast feeding and losing weight?

BF Weight loss: It takes a lot if calories to support breast feeding, at least 300-500kcal extra per day. If you are underweight for you height, perhaps even more calories are necessary. Work with your gyn or lactation consultant to determine adequate calories per day needed. May need to check thyroid and blood sugar to rule out metabolic cause of weight loss. ...Read more

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Is acacia senegal for weight loss safe during breastfeeding?

Is acacia senegal for weight loss safe during breastfeeding?

Don't take during : Breastfeeding for weight loss. Your baby is absorbing it too. Breastfeeding normally can cause weight loss naturally from the amount of energy expended around the clock. Best not to take any supplements during breast-feeding. Just get your rest when your baby does too. Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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Can I drink Naturade Weight Gain while nursing?

Can I drink Naturade Weight Gain while nursing?

Yes: I don't see anything in the product that would be a problem for baby.I think it is a bit pricey & you may get a similar benefit from using a simple supplement like Carnations Breakfast Essentials in powder form. ...Read more

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Weight gain after anti-depressant and having hard time losing weight one year after stopping medication.?

Weight gain after anti-depressant and having hard time losing weight one year after stopping medication.?

Losing weight: 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 consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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Can I lose weight while i'm breast feeding?

Can I lose weight while i'm breast feeding?

Absoluely: Weight loss is all a calorie in/calorie out deal. If you expend more calories in a day than you take in, over time you will lose weight. Make sure you are getting enough fluids to keep your milk supply going, and enough variety of foods to get appropriate nutrition for the baby. Other than that, take your daily vitamin and enjoy the weight loss without having to work out! ...Read more

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Will I suffer bone loss during breastfeeding?

Will I suffer bone loss during breastfeeding?

Bone loss: Not if you are on a healthy diet, exercising, and still taking your prenatal vitamins or similar. ...Read more

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I am 3mths postpartum. Underweight. How can i safely gain weight while breasfeeding beside increase eating which is difficult?

I am 3mths postpartum. Underweight. How can i safely gain weight while breasfeeding beside increase eating which is difficult?

Weight: Have you tried dietary supplements like boost or ensure or others such as muscle milk? They may help add to your nutrition and also allow weight gain with out force feeding copious amounts of food. You may also try healthy fats like nuts and avocados. ...Read more

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Does weight loss shakes (such as rapid weight loss diet and weight loss shakes) effect my birth control pills?

Does weight loss shakes (such as rapid weight loss diet and weight loss shakes) effect my birth control pills?

Stress: If you try to change metabolism quickly, your body gets stressed out, and your hormones follow. Aim for one or two pounds per week, slow and steady wins the race, you can download a food diary on my webpage www.Familyhealth.Pro. ...Read more

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How to gain weight whilst breast feeding?

How to gain weight whilst breast feeding?

Weight/Breastfeeding: While you are breastfeeding and you feel like you need to gain weight, do it by adding healthy calories to your meals. It's a good time to evaluate your diet for the health of you and your baby anyway. Add healthy calories like low fat greek yogurt, sweet potatoes, avocados, fruits, and low fat or nonfat milk. Remember to know your family medical history and still exercise and eat healthy while bf ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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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