breastfeeding and dieting

Marian - posted on 10/14/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




My baby is 2 weeks old and I gained 30 pounds during pregnancy, shall I start dieting?? I don't know what shall I eat to breastfeed, i only lost 11 pound last two weeks, also I wish for my milk supply to increase, any advice


Chet - posted on 10/14/2014




The usual suggestion is to wait at least two months before you try to actively lose weight. Right now, just work on eating healthy food to match your level of hunger.

Your body is still recovering from pregnancy, and some more weight should come off naturally. It takes about a month for your uterus to shrink back down to something close to it's original size and weight. It takes three to four weeks for your blood volume to return to normal. You're also likely to retain extra fluid for up to two months after delivery. All of those things contribute to your weight being high, and there isn't much you can do about them other than to wait.

Nursing does help some moms to lose weight because of the extra calories it uses up. Nursing tends to make the biggest difference between 3 and 6 months, but it's not the same for everyone.

If you want to start dieting in another 6 or 7 weeks, cut your calories slowly. An abrupt change could impact your supply.

Right now, work on eating healthy food. Allow your baby to nurse on demand, even if it seems often. Lots of time at the breast will increase your supply of milk.

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