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Is it safe to diet and lose weight while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine

In brief: Absolutely

Usually when breastfeeding, you need 300-500 calories extra per day which is not much.
You are absolutely encouraged to exercise and be on a healthy, wholesome diet to help with some fat loss to get to your pre-pregnancy weight.

In brief: Absolutely

Usually when breastfeeding, you need 300-500 calories extra per day which is not much.
You are absolutely encouraged to exercise and be on a healthy, wholesome diet to help with some fat loss to get to your pre-pregnancy weight.
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Your body needs proper nutrition while breast feeding.
Attempting to loose wieght during this time risks your becoming malnourished.

In brief: No

Your body needs proper nutrition while breast feeding.
Attempting to loose wieght during this time risks your becoming malnourished.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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