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Will breastfeeding help me lose my baby weight?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

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. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

A new mom will lose weight as long as she breastfeeds her baby, and she eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her 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

A new mom will lose weight as long as she breastfeeds her baby, and she eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her 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).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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