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Is it true that if you breastfeed your baby, you can lose a lot of weight?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Andrew Blazar
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Weight loss while breast feeding is largely related to caloric intake and caloric usage (particularly exercise and activity)--as is true in other situations as well.
Life circumstances (baby's demands, post partum healing, psychic stress , nutritional needs etc) may make weight loss while breast feeding difficult-but not impossible.

In brief: Possibly

Weight loss while breast feeding is largely related to caloric intake and caloric usage (particularly exercise and activity)--as is true in other situations as well.
Life circumstances (baby's demands, post partum healing, psychic stress , nutritional needs etc) may make weight loss while breast feeding difficult-but not impossible.
Dr. Andrew Blazar
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