Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding: The Complete Nutrition Book for Nursing Mothers, Including a Healthy Guide to the Weight Loss Your Doctor Promised by Eileen BehanThis was not at all what I was looking for. It is basically a glorified menu plan from a dietician for a caloric intake that may or may not work for all breast feeding moms. Other than that, it just tells you what you should already know about eating healthy to support the health of mother and child. There are no great weight loss tips in this book other than continue to eat healthy and exercise and dont restrict calories until you are no longer breast feeding. There. I saved you from having to waste the time in reading this book.
Weight Loss – for Mothers
If you are breastfeeding your baby and do want to lose weight — the good news is that you can lose weight in a healthy way whilst still making sure your bub gets all the nutrients it needs. Since we have helped mums lose over 3 million kg on our breastfeeding friendly plans scroll below to see lots of incredible results from mums on our plans. There is no right or wrong time to start thinking about pregnancy weight loss — unless you have a medical problem where weight loss is essential. It is important not to follow any extreme diets which advise cutting out food groups or eating too much of one group — for example a diet that tells you to only eat protein each time you eat. Our plans help to nourish your body and ensure you lose weight in a safe and healthy way. So the good news is that if you are breastfeeding, you can still follow our weight loss plans — the key is to increase your calorie allowance on our plans by approximately calories to give your body the extra calories it needs to produce milk. You can see some more information here on what makes our smoothies different.
Neither is exactly right. Breastfeeding does burn extra calories — approximately calories a day, to be exact. But losing weight while breastfeeding is rarely a given because breastfeeding makes moms hungrier. And trying to put them on in the early weeks will just be discouraging. It took a good nine months to put that weight on, so give yourself at least nine months to get it off and get your body back. Just ignore the excess weight for at least the first two weeks after birth.
You are not alone in wondering about losing weight. Many women are anxious to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and weight after childbirth. While breastfeeding burns about calories extra per day to fuel milk making, this may not always contribute to weight loss postpartum — many factors like pre-pregnancy weight, diet, physical activity level, etc will impact weight loss after birth Institute of Medicine, ; Dewey, It is recommended that you wait at least weeks postpartum to start to lose weight, as your body needs this time to recover from childbirth and establish a good milk supply. Many mothers lose weight in the early months by following a well-balanced diet and eating to hunger. Aim to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables while minimizing empty carbohydrates and junk food. Once your physician or healthcare provider has cleared you for physical activity around 6 weeks postpartum, you can try a brisk walk with your baby, going for a jog, pilates, or your favorite form of physical fitness to encourage your body to shed those extra pounds and promote a healthy lifestyle.
This gives your body enough time to successfully establish a healthy milk supply that is less likely to be adversely affected if your caloric intake is restricted. Breastfeeding your baby, on average, burns calories per day above what you needed to maintain your pre-pregnancy weight — so keep in mind that even without a weight loss program you are burning extra calories. Breastfeed without restriction Research tells us that both more frequent breastfeeding and breastfeeding longer than six months increases maternal weight loss. Eat at least calories per day While nursing, you should not consume less than calories per day , and most women should stay at the high end of this range. Some mothers will require much more than this, but studies show that going below this number may put supply at risk.