Nursing mother and weight loss – World Breastfeeding Week 1 – 7 August
A common concern for most of the new mother after delivery is to lose the weight gained during pregnancy….
A good rule of thumb is to take in 200-500 calories in excess of what you needed to maintain your weight before you were pregnant while you are nursing.
Breastfeeding doesn’t make you gain weight – in fact, you use up calories when you nurse, and helps you get rid of extra weight more quickly while you are nursing. You might not realize that you already began your weight-loss efforts the moment you put your baby to your breast.
Breastfeeding burns around 300 calories per day, so it can help you begin to lose some of your excess baby weight. What’s more, breastfeeding can help stimulate contractions in your uterus that help your belly shrink back to its regular size after pregnancy to help you regain your old shape, too.
Your body stores up fat during your pregnancy to provide the extra calories needed for milk production. It is easier to lose lower body fat (hips, buns, and thighs) when you are breastfeeding compared to the mom who is formula feeding. .
Begin your weight loss program slowly when you are breastfeeding. Increase your activity level.