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Breastfeeding and Weight Loss: All you need to know

For mothers, breastfeeding is a new world, no matter how many times you go through it. It offers several benefits, including allowing them to lose weight quickly after having a baby.

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While postpartum weight loss is different among mothers, many agree that this sort of weight loss happens and helps them regain their original shape before pregnancy. However, some also say that they notice no weight change after pregnancy or during breastfeeding.

For many, breastfeeding is regarded as the most natural way of helping new moms lose their baby weight. The reason for this might be because nursing mothers burn more calories day after day. There is also the possibility that because new mothers are often picky about what they eat,  they tend to eat less, resulting in weight loss.

However, the idea of weight loss is not always evident in every mom. Some tend to put on weight because producing breastmilk tends to increase hunger making these women eat more due to calories burned from breastfeeding.

To help you navigate through this journey easily, here are some healthy ways to lose postpartum weight while feeding your newborn:

  1. Eat foods rich in fiber and protein: These include beans, eggs, fruits, including apples, bananas, oranges.
  2. Eat a little, but not so little: Doctors advise that breastfeeding mothers eat more than 1500 – 1800 calories per day. This is essential for the production of milk for the newborn.
  3. Do simple exercises: Engaging in exercise helps breastfeeding mothers preserve muscle mass, relax bones and keep them fit.
  4. Drink enough water: Mothers must stay hydrated as much as possible. Drinking enough water is essential for your milk supply and keeping you conscious and alert.
  5. When possible, sleep: Most mothers tend to sleep less because they constantly look and bother over their baby. If necessary, set a 30-minute timer to catch a quick nap when your baby sleeps. Good sleep is a healthy way to lose weight while breastfeeding.

To shed more light on this topic, clarify, and answer questions, join Dr. Chinny (The founder of The Milkbooster and The Breastfeeding Doc) on the 15th of May on an Instagram Live session at 7 pm.

See the flyer below for more details.

Use this link to go straight to the main page to join the live on Saturday.

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