weight loss/dieting and breastfeeding?
Topic: weight loss/dieting and breastfeeding?
November 17, 2019 / By Hanley Question:
Im breastfeeding my baby and wondering what is the best way to get in shape and lose some lbs while still being able to feed my baby breastmilk? I wanna lose about 40 lbs non pregnancy weight....
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Edward | 8 days ago
There's not a magic bullet for this. You don't want to diet heavily. You need to eat a well-balanced, sufficient diet to ensure you will stay healthy. Your baby will get what it needs regardless, but you have to take care of yourself.
You can exercise, eat well, and live a healthy lifestyle. You can also do weight watchers, but you have to add points to the program to compensate for breastfeeding.
For some women, breastfeeding will do it ( I lost 30 lbs eating more than usual, just from the constant caloric drain from breasfeeding) for others, breastfeeding makes them retain weight. No matter which is you, you can't expect fast results.
Good luck, and keep on nursing. That's what's most important!
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Originally Answered: Breastfeeding and weight loss?
Yes, it really is too early to have lost much weight, other than the water and baby and whatnot. My mother-in-law gave us this book, World's Healthiest Foods, but they have a website too: http://www.whfoods.com/recipestoc.php
There are great recipes in here for EASY, wholesome recipes that are very, very good for you! Also includes nutritional stats for just about every kind of food and offers some specialized menus as well.
As far as losing weight goes, I didn't get to my pre-pregnancy weight until I was 6 months postpartum. And I thought that was amazing! Don't be in too much of a rush. Just watch what you eat, and almost guaranteed, your baby will suck it out of you. Keep up the exercise and good luck! And keep taking prenatals!
do your best to ensure you re not eating after 7 o clock at night you re more likely to make unhealthy choices and less likely to sleep as well after a late meal
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muscle burns at least four times as many calories as fat does so try twenty minutes of strength straining two to three times a week
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if your lifestyle or career includes a lot of socializing out at dinners or drinks start scheduling workout dates with friends co workers or even clients
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do your grocery shopping with a list and a time limit that way you re less likely to stray into the processed foods section
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wrap up any extra food you ve cooked before you sit down to a meal so you re not tempted to get seconds
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Weight Watchers has a plan for breastfeeding mothers and Weight Watchers consistantly has some of the best success rates of all diets because 1) support and 2) you eat your own food. Plans where you buy food are doomed to fail when you go back to your previous eating habits.
But for general guidelines on safe dieting while breastfeeding:
And remember it is always easier to increase caloric output (exercise) than to cut caloric intake.
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