Is it possible to lose weight wile breastfeeding?

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Bernice - posted on 02/28/2016

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I was breastfeeding my son and was also drinking mummy magic weight-loss tea. I lost 35 pounds by doing simply that steps.

Hannah - posted on 01/22/2012

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I remained relatively slim when pregnant because of constant indigestion, my son still weighed nearly 9 pounds though! But afterwards breastfeeding made me so hungry that I actually gained weight! Lost it immediatley when he was weaned and my appetite plumeted, so I wasn't that bothered and as I'd not gained much when I was pregnant I didn't take long to return to normal.

Charli - posted on 01/07/2009

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After reading all of these responses, only one mother told you accurate, evidence based information.  Breastfeeding can burn about 300-500 calories a day.  If you eat healthy and stay active, you will loose weight.  However bif you are eating more than an extra 500 calories a day, than you are eating what the breastfeeding is burning...do the math.  Attending La Leche League meetings will give you the opportunity to learn evidence based information, insetead of hearsay,  while meeting other breastfeeding moms.



 

Nicci - posted on 01/06/2009

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After having my first child we lived in a double storey apartment and I found wakling up and down those stairs constantly...the weight dropped off without much effort. With my 2nd child we were living in a single storey house and I could not shake the after baby weight. Dont know if that helps but stairs really worked for me.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2009

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Im in the same boat, I gained 42 lbs and lost 30 in the 1st week. I have been nursing for just over 4 months and am stuck on the last 12 lbs....Im getting married in 8 months so i need to find something that works!

Denise - posted on 01/06/2009

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I know that I lost weight when I nursed my two. Also as long as you are breastfeeding, you will not have a period - as least that is what happened to me. The weight loss - I really didn't do anything special to rid myself of the pounds.

LAURA - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hey I am in the same boat. I friend introduced me to a weight management system, and it is working well for me. I wanted to start an online support group. This program works with food you make at home, no calorie restriction, eatting a lot of food so you don't feel hungry. Most of all excercise, and making sure we are mentally ready to lose weight. Let me know if you are interested in more information; lbhulleman@yahoo.com

Bonnie - posted on 01/06/2009

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Weight Watchers worked for me.  I didn't lose any weight while nursing my first child because I was afraid to "hurt" my milk supply. I started WW 4 weeks after my second was born. Not only did I lose the weight from this pregnancy but all the weight from my first one as well. And all by the time my 2nd was 9 mo old. I would highly recommend it!!!

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009

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I breastfed all 4 of my children and breastfeeding never helped me lose weight.  Apparently you arent supposed to diet because if you arent taking in enough calories then you wont produce any milk.  I would recommend drinking alot of water, which helps your milk production, and also taking a walk everyday.  You wont lose drop 30 pounds in a month this way but they say that it took 9 months to gain the weight so allow 9 months to lose it.   Good luck. 

Brittany - posted on 01/06/2009

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I breatfed all three of my kids for about 6 months each... The main reasons for me breastfeeding is that it was a lot healthier for the baby and for me. Breastfeeding engourages your urerus to shrink, giving you that flatter tummy look faster, and also can burn 1000 calories with each feeding! I lost all except 5 lbs of my baby weight within the first two months... But like the other women said, I also stayed active, took the baby for walks, walked my stairs a few times in a row almost every day, things like that! The wieght won't go away on it's own, and your body will more then likely keep jsut a little untill you wean them... Which is usually just in your breast! GOOD LUCK!! && Remember breast is best!! :)

Alexis - posted on 01/06/2009

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I am looking to lose some extra pounds myself.... and am frustrated by not being able to reduce calories while breastfeeding. Despite the winter, I need to find a great way to get exercise!

Jenny - posted on 01/06/2009

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I was looking forward to losing my pregnancy weight while breastfeeding...however, I was so hungry all the time that I couldn't even attempt to count calories (adding extra for BF, of course). Plus, when you are so hungry like I was, it is hard to make smart food choices. I even tried to eat a gronola bar or piece of fruit and that did not satisfy my intense hunger. Therefore, I gained weight while breastfeeding. I am working hard now to loose the weight now that my boy weaned himself.

I am positive that people with the right metabolism and will power can do it, but it is harder than the books make it sound.

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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Yes you will loose weight while breastfeeding, or atleast I did it was one of the many reasons I did breastfeed. Your body will loose calories to supply milk for the baby but dont let your body loose too many or you will not produce enough milk for the baby and be sure to drink tons of water. I made the mistake and found out the hard way when I stopped making milk for her. Good Luck and its awesome you are wanting to breastfeed.

Cathrin - posted on 01/06/2009

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Oh, it has been done. I have seen it. I, on the other hand, was so hungry while breastfeeding and it I breast fed for years, so if I wasn't careful I easily gained weight while doing it. Some people say it made them lose weight, totally not true for me. I b/f'd first baby 00-03 (and got so heavy that I had to join weight watchers in 02-03). I b/f'd second 03-07, and same thing. I ballooned during the first year and had to go to weight watchers in 04 to get it under control. Even with my weight obsession, I still loved breastfeeding more than I disliked gaining weight though. What a gift it is. Enjoy.

Catherine - posted on 01/06/2009

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Actually breastfeeding is the best form of weight loss. The baby is taking extra proteins and sugars that your body would normally turn in to fat. Just as long as your only eatting enough protein for you and baby no more no less you should be slowly but surely dropping the weight.

Jo - posted on 01/06/2009

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Absolutely. I had 3 c-sections and breastfed from immediately after delivery (also helps your uterus contract and refirm up) until my infants were 7-9 months old. I lost all of my pregnancy weight and then some. I also feel it helped me recover very quickly compared to others who have had c-sections!! It uses up a lot of energy and fat reserves but best of all, it is what is best for your baby!!

Kimberly - posted on 01/06/2009

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Breast feeding definately helped me lose weight after both of my kids. With my oldest I even did weight watchers and the amount of food you could eat as a nursing mom was insane. I lost all the baby weight and then some over time.

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2009

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I have read that the only way you will lose the weight while breastfeeding is to consume as many calories as you did when you were pregnant. Breastfeeding helps to burn the calories consumed, if you diet, your body will just store fat. I have been bf for six months now and have put on even more weight, but I haven't been eating as much as when pregnant, maybe this holds some truth:)

Johanna - posted on 01/06/2009

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Yes yes yes...........it forces you to still eat healthy and be aware of your diet because remember what you eat, your baby still eats.



If you have to loose lots of baby weight more then 20 pounds, I would think it would take a bit longer but you do shed baby pounds with nursing. You won't be down to prebaby weight overnight. But breastfeeding does help!!!!

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I dropped a LOT of weight by breastfeeding without altering my diet. I did pump a lot too, maybe that helped. I know Weightwatchers has a plan for breastfeeding moms, maybe you could look into that.

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:

Is it possible to lose weight wile breastfeeding?




breastfeeding lose my weight in three months.

Yvonne - posted on 01/05/2009

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Most definitely!!!! In fact, breastfeeding is the quickest way to lose all those extra kilo's, as your breasts release a hormone while feeding which stimulates the uterus to contract back to it's normal size. Also, your baby literaly drinks all the fat away!! It's a natural process. Also, your baby will get all the antibodies, which your own body has built up through your entire lifetime through your milk, which will make him immune to all sorts of diseases, ect. All expecting mothers should try breastfeeding first before even considering the bottle. The advantages of breatfeeding outweighs the disadvantages by far!!

User - posted on 01/05/2009

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breastfeeding takes a lot of calories, so you will loose weight while doing nothing special. 

Nicole - posted on 01/05/2009

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Well I have never ever heard of anyone who didn't lose weight while breast feeding til I read some of these comments. I will tell you I gained about 70 pounds (some water wt b/c of health problems I have)BUT the doctor told me drink alot of water in order to keep your baby satisified with just the breast milk and then not needing to supplement with formula. Anyways to get to the point I lost 40 pounds within 2 weeks after having my son and the rest came off over the next few months. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight in 7 months. Good Luck   Eat good foods and lots of them and lots of water!!!!!!!!!!

Leeana - posted on 01/05/2009

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a lot of people find breastfeeding helps in weight loss...but saying that, some don't lose any at all or even gain it. i only breast fed for 3 months and i now weigh 5 kilo's less than when i fell pregnant. i am also a diabetic and had to watch my blood sugars while breastfeeding as it is a proven fact that you do indeed lose kilojoules with the outgoing milk.  i was required to put sugar into my body to replace what i was losing through breastfeeding, so there must some weightloss associated with breastfeeding it all depends on your body and how much weight you're expecting to lose, as sugar is not the only factor in losing weight.



hope this helps.

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Yes! I lost a ton of weight while breastfeeding....that does not mean taking pills, etc to lose weight though. The natural effect of breastfeeding makes your stomach contract and helps to burn calories and you will lost it naturaly if you have a healthy intake of food.

Stephanee - posted on 01/05/2009

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I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight within two weeks after having my daughter. I gained about 25-30lbs.  I went back to work after 3 months and pumped throughout the day.  When my daughter was six months or so, I weighed less than pre-pregnancy and I breastfed exclusively until she turned 1.  However, I would advise when you do stop nursing, you need to cut back on your calories since you don't need them any longer, especially if you aren't exercising or you will put weight back on.  Hope that helps.

Cheryl - posted on 01/05/2009

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what breastfeeding does is it helps your uteris shrink back to normal size after delivery, the hormones that are produced ads in that. so when people say it helps them melt away the pounds it really truly helps get a flatter stomach faster. but also you need a very high cal intake in a day to just mentain a healthy balance I gained weight while nursing but i have quit nursing for a month and It all droped fast. every person is different.

Megan - posted on 01/05/2009

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I lost all my pregnancy weight plus 15 pounds while brestfeeding, but I nursed my son for 2 full years.  It takes an extra 500 calories a day to produce milk for your child.

Kathi - posted on 01/05/2009

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I think that most people lose the wight when they are done breastfeeding......not while doing it!

Rebecca - posted on 01/05/2009

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I think Christina has some good points. I lost my weight very quickly. I had a c-section and I lost all of my pregnancy weight (by 3months) and I'm actually in better shape than before pregnancy. I think the larger breasts also help balance my hips. I believe breastfeeding has helped to take off the pounds but I also think that I have been getting lots of exercise toting her around all the time. I also change her diaper on the floor and I think it's great exercise getting up and down from the floor while holding her...making sure I lift properly. She's now 10 months and the pounds are staying off and I really have not been "exercising". I eat like I always have...I never really ate more while pregnant but I've always had a healthy appetite and have never been into dieting.

Melanie - posted on 01/05/2009

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I breastfeed and i still have a bit of weight that wont shift but as other mums have said a healthier baby is more important than a flat stomach. You can do exercise to tone up i swim its not to hard on the body and with that ive noticed my body toning up.

Kimberly - posted on 01/05/2009

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With my first child, I was trying to lose weight and my body fought against me. Too much stress and trying to eat a bit less, lead to a loss in milk production and slow drop in weight. With my second child, I signed up for Weight Watchers 3 weeks post delivery. I found I was eating NOT ENOUGH food! By focusing on eating a meal or snack 6 times each day, I was able to BF for 18 months AND dropped over 80 pounds in that time (half pregnancy and half pre-1st pregnancy).

Sarah - posted on 01/05/2009

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I'm breastfeeding my 2nd child now. While most of the weight was gone by 8 weeks with both kids I held onto the last 5-7 lbs until my first was weaned. I don't think I could attempt to lose anymore weight right now while breastfeeding and keep myself healthy. I know it seems like such a long time to not have your old body back but in the grand scheme of things you'll only have a little boob baby for a few more months (unless you plan to nurse past a year) and then it'll be much easier to adjust your eating and exercising. Talk to your dr if you decide to try it. You don't want to lose your milk or your health. Good luck!

Nicci - posted on 01/05/2009

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This time while breastfeeding,(my third child) my weight just dropped off. I had lost 9 kgs before I even left the hospital. I suppose the fact that I dont get a chance to eat much...(except a piece of fruit on the run) helped as well. With my 2nd child I could not shake the excess weight no matter what. Its entirely up to your body and hormones. If you are really keen to lose the weight try the weight watchers like Safia said...if its not in the budget just try to cut down on the serving size. My friend did that. Instead of having a man size meal she had just a little bit more than what her kids had. It helped. SMALL STEPS.

Hanna - posted on 01/05/2009

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Unfortunately, the key to losing pregnancy weight quickly is staying active during pregnancy -- if you're not on bed-rest, you should be walking and exercising up until due date (not martial arts or heavy-duty cardio), but walking, swimming, leg and back exercises. And definitely eating smart during pregnancy -- not gaining more than you need to -- it'll help you being able to stay active during pregnancy (less weight to carry around) and will make things easier afterwards -- you set yourself up for success from the get go because u've already established a healthy eating/working out routine. also, once again, if you're not a c-section mom, u can slowly start exercising from the day after delivery -- slowly move around to loosen up those stiff back vertebrates, spread ur legs a bit, bent in the knees and do a few crunches to get those loose mid-section muscles back working (it'll hurt, but the sooner u start, the faster they'll tighten up) -- u don't need to do a lot, but u do need to get all ur muscles back active as soon as possible because the sooner they become active, the faster they'll get back to pre-pregnancy shape. then breastfeeding certainly does help ur uterus muscles to tighten up, the rest is up to you -- walk around as much as possible and eat balanced. pregnancy recommended intake is extra 300 cal per day, yet there's a lot of food groups & vitamins to think about -- after u deliver, ur consumption should still be extra 300 calories.

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I fall into the category of the breastfeeding will shed the pounds is a big lie for me. I have a hard time with it because nothing fits and you just feel fat! But I also realized that not getting much sleep plays a big part in that. So I feel your pain to those chics that it didn't "work" for also. But 2009 is here and working out again is on the plate, thanks for the ww nursing program idea will check it out! A

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2009

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I've breastfed 2 kids (now on my 3rd!!!) and kept about 10-15 lbs the entire time. Once they were weaned, it literally fell off. But I've heard of other moms that have no problem...I think we're all different. Good luck!!

Belinda - posted on 01/05/2009

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Ah - Breastfeeding hasn't helped shift the 30kgs I gained?! Lol.

I've lost 20 of that after 7 months by keeping a little active, walking a little everyday or two. But I found everytime I limited my intake of food to my pre-pregnancy servings my milk depleted substantially. Growing a healthy bub is more important than the size of my butt so I'll just keep on eating till she's weened. Really feeling the pressure though to lose the weight - women really are our own worse enemies... And those "So when are you due" comments after I had her - Ouch!!

Think this one is more myth than magic! x

Hanna - posted on 01/05/2009

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Nursing helps your uterus to shrink, it's not really a weight-loss thing, so while majority of your weight u do drop (i.e. all the weight of the baby, the water and some of the tummy weight), hips and boobs stay (especially boobs, that's where the milk is). However, if you do lead a fairly active lifestyle, do some exercises for ur mid-section and legs (don't need to do the whole 1 hour a day, but just stay active, i.e. walk with the baby, you will lose most of it. as far as ab workouts, depends on how much volume you gained during pregnancy -- crunches do help ur muscles to tighten up and the sooner u start doing them (provided u didn't have a c-section) the faster u'll go back to normal.
as far as diets, unless u really gained over 20lbs of extra weight (on top of the 20-30lbs of baby), i.e if u gained more than 35-40lbs during pregnancy and went up more than a size in your pants, i don't recommend dieting simply because it will throw off your metabolism as well as vitamin consumption and while you'll probably still produce enough milk for the baby, nursing & labor will take a more serious toll on ur body (i.e. kidneys, liver, teeth, hair, heart, etc.) which under normal circumstances you would have recovered from during post-labor months. just eat normal amount of calories, eat balanced and eat variety plus lots of fruits & veggies. stay active, go take walks with your baby -- it'll benefit both of you. and if you stayed fairly active during your pregnancy and are active afterwards, you really won't need to do anything drastic to get rid of the baby weight. good luck!

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I’ve always been very conscious about my weight, so it was a frequent topic between my OB and myself during pregnancy. My understanding is that as long as you didn’t gain too much weight (more than your doctor recommended) during your pregnancy, most of your prenatal weight should actually shed on it’s own while you nurse, just so long as you’re not still eating like a pregnant woman. Nursing is great because it actually helps you lose the pregnancy weight, however your little friend will turn on you because as long as you’re nursing you will hold onto about 5-7 extra lbs . While pregnant I gained about 25lbs, and believe it or not, I had lost all of my prenatal weight 3 weeks after giving birth (as a side note, any excess pounds that you may have had before you headed into your pregnancy are yours to keep unless you diet and exercise).

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breastfeeding def. helped me lose weight, i breastfed for a year and weighed less than i did before i got pregnant

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2009

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Sorry I don't have any tips to offer, I just want to say that breastfeeding has done NOTHING for me as far as weight lose is concerned. Everyone said I'd just shed the pounds...HA! Right!! I've been breastfeeding for 8 months now...

Alisha - posted on 01/05/2009

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If you are breastfeeding, it will usually help you lose weight (without doing anything). But you CAN diet/exercise to lose weight, but you have to be very careful to make sure that you get enough calories. If you restrict your caloric intake too much, you will stop making milk. Like Safia said, WW does have a nursing mothers program, so if you were looking to lose weight, I would try that out!

Lisa - posted on 01/05/2009

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Breast feeding helped me shed the pounds. I agree it depends on the person, but it helped me out a great deal!

Safia - posted on 01/05/2009

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do you mean going on a diet? I lost most of my pregnancy weight the first 3 weeks, and I was nursing, but I think everyone is different. I am also a weightwatcher fan, and I have joined them recently because they have a program for nursing moms.

Best of Luck!

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