Breastfeeding And Baby Weight Loss After Birth: What Is Normal?

There are many solutions to resolving the issue of weight loss during breastfeeding

It happens that you go to your healthcare provider and your baby is weighed a week after delivery. Your healthcare provider is concerned that your baby is losing weight as opposed to gaining weight. You are breastfeeding, I mean exclusively breastfeeding and your healthcare provider says to give the baby some formula.

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You start to give tour baby formula but you also see where you are losing the battle for breastfeeding. Your little star does not seem interested in breastfeeding anymore and you are disappointed because you had planned to exclusively breastfeed. What is a new mom suppose to do? A newborn usually loses several grams of body mass a day in the first 3-5 days after birth before moving into an upward gain trend, experts say.

Breastfed newborns can lose up to 10% of their body weight during the first week of life.1 After that, babies gain approximately 1 ounce each day. By the time they are two weeks old, newborns should be back to their birth weight or even weigh a little more.

Your newborn is not getting enough breast milk and is losing too much weight if they:

  • Lose more than 10% of his birth weight
  • Continue to lose weight after the first week of life
  • Are still under their birth weight after two weeks. (Paid link)

Reasons Why Some Babies Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

There can be several reasons for you baby’s weight loss

Newborns who are breastfeeding can lose weight for a variety of reasons.

  • Not breastfeeding enough: It is important to put your baby to the breast at least every two to three hours to stimulate healthy milk supply and provide your baby with enough breast milk to gain weight.2
  • Incorrect breastfeeding latch: When your baby isn’t latching on correctly, they cannot efficiently remove enough milk to grow at a consistent, healthy rate.2
  • An issue with your baby’s ability to latch: If you have severely engorged breastslarge nipplesflat nipples, or inverted nipples, your child may have difficulty latching on. Babies can also have physical or neurological issues that interfere with their ability to latch on to the breast properly. Your baby will not be able to get enough milk without a good latch.
  • Incorrect use of a nipple shield:nipple shield can be a helpful breastfeeding tool when used correctly and under the supervision of a doctor or lactation consultant. However, nipple shields that are used incorrectly can prevent a baby from getting enough breast milk. They can also cause a decrease in your milk supply.3
  • Sleepiness: Sleepy newborns need to be aroused for feedings every two to three hours. Breastfeeding a sleepy baby can be a challenge, but it’s very important to make sure that your baby is nursing often and getting enough breast milk to gain weight.
  • Late onset of milk production: A difficult birth, stress, or a retained placenta are some of the causes of a delay in milk production. Until your breasts fill up with milk, your baby will not gain weight.
  • True low milk supply: Certain physical or hormonal issues such as hypoplastic breasts, PCOS, hypothyroidism, or previous breast surgery, can cause low milk supply. If your milk does not come in by the fourth day postpartum, talk to your doctor and have an examination. In some cases, a true low milk supply can be corrected with treatment.4

What to Do If Your Baby Is Losing Weight?

There are many good choices to make

If your baby is losing weight or not gaining weight as expected, you shouldn’t wait to ask for help. Your health and the baby’s health should be assessed, and you may need a lactation consultant. If a newborn is not back to birth weight by about 2 weeks of age talk to your primary care provider as this may indicate a possible concern. (Paid link)

Getting breastfeeding off to a good start can make all the difference in how successful you will be.5 Plus, correcting any issues right away helps to ensure your baby will get enough nutrition and fluids to stay hydrated and begin to gain weight. So if your breastfed baby is losing weight:

  • Have your baby’s latch evaluated by your nurse, a doctor, a lactation consultant, or a local breastfeeding support group.
  • See your doctor. Find out if there is a physical or hormonal issue that might be interfering with your breast milk supply.
  • Take your baby to the doctor to check for an illness or any other problems that could be interfering with breastfeeding. Infections, tongue-tie, jaundice, and other newborn issues can cause poor nursing and weight loss in infants.
  • Monitor your baby’s weight. Weigh them regularly at home.
  • Monitor your baby’s diapers. Keep track of how many wet diapers and bowel movements your baby is having each day.
  • Breastfeed your baby very often, at least every two to three hours around the clock. If you have a sleepy baby, wake them up to breastfeed every three hours.
  • Breastfeed longer at each nursing session.
  • Increase your breast milk supply by pumping. You can also ask your doctor or a lactation consultant about the use of galactagogues. Certain herbs, foods, and nursing teas may be helpful to increase a low milk supply.

If your baby continues to lose weight, it may be necessary to supplement. Talk to your doctor about continuing to breastfeed along with supplementation. A nursing supplementer device can be used to be sure your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula while still nursing at your breast.

Is there a specific timeline parents should track when it comes to their baby’s healthy weight?

Generally, full-term newborn babies lose weight for about the first 3-5 days after being born before starting to gain. Typical newborn weight gain is about 30-35 grams per day. The baby’s primary care provider will be following the baby’s weight and looking for him or her to be back to birth weight by about 2 weeks of age.

In Some Cases Supplementation May Be Needed

Mama it is ok if supplement is the last resort

While some weight loss in the initial week of a child’s life can be normal, it’s very important that people start to discuss the fact that sometimes it is necessary to supplement a newborn’s feed with formula. There are so many reasons why a woman might have low or late milk supply, but the baby still needs to eat, even if the mother intends to breastfeed.

Unfortunately, the ‘breast is best’ dialogue doesn’t leave much room for these complicated scenarios. If a baby has lost more than 10% of their birth weight, it is dangerous to continue to attempt to breastfeed as their only source of nutrition. While many breastfeeding enthusiasts insist that a baby will bounce back once the milk comes in, the situation can quickly get out of hand if you have a severely dehydrated or undernourished baby.

If you are bringing your first child home with intentions of breastfeeding, you should still have a box of formula on hand in the event that your baby needs it. This isn’t to discourage you from your breastfeeding intentions, but it does bring peace of mind to know that if your baby needs a little boost, it’s available.

In some hospitals, nurses offer formula ‘supplements’ to newborns if a parent requests them. Though many other birthing centers still advocate for exclusive breastfeeding, the choice should be made by the parent (including the choice to not breastfeed at all!)

The shame and lack of support surrounding non-breastfeeding (or mixed feeding) exacerbate the risks for newborn dehydration and malnourishment since a mother is less likely to visit a doctor if she feels personally responsible for her child’s inability to feed.

Bottom Line

When a baby is born, parents are also born. With this new role comes new skills and capabilities, and one of them is a parental instinct. If you feel uncomfortable or worried about your baby’s weight, follow through and make a phone call to your pediatrician or midwife.

It’s better to be over vigilant in the first few weeks of your baby’s life than under vigilant. If you are super stressed as you try to breastfeed and your baby is clearly not getting fed, open the dialogue about formula. Having an inconsolable, hungry baby on your hands can be a very big stress for a new mom, and can lead to feelings of discouragement and despair. Feed your baby, whatever that means for you! Forget the judgments of others. At the end of the day, navigating the early weeks of parenthood can be really tough. Stay calm and alert. Do not mind the judgements of others. Do what is best for you and your family. That is what matters.


Breastfeeding And Infant Loss: Best Practices for Lactation Control

There is hope for you after infant loss with lactation decisions

Losing a baby is described as a major life event. It is a sad phenomena that has been lurking our societies for many years. This post is to address this issue and also give you some practical ways of coping, as you suppress your milk supply and come to terms with why you need to do this. We hope that it will answer some of your questions along the way.

Losing a baby is never easy and I would personally like to say I am so sorry for what you are going or had to go through as a result of it. I pray God continue to strengthen and keep you always. Some women can experience leaking breasts after 16-18 weeks of losing their baby . with breast milk coming in to the breasts a few days later.

This is because the arrival of milk is driven by the drop in hormones following the delivery of the placenta—irrespective of whether a mother planned to breastfeed or not. A mother may not have anticipated the presence of breast milk and may find it very upsetting. While some mothers will want to stop lactation as soon as possible after stillbirth, miscarriage or loss of a baby, others may take comfort in pumping and donating breast milk. However your body responds, it is helpful if you, and those around you, understand how to manage the physical and emotional challenges that this can bring.

Here is a list of things you can do to make lactation easier and more comfortable for you:

Express Enough to Stay Comfortable: Wear a Well Fitted Bra

Your bra should be comfortable with no wiring!

For most bereaved mothers, when their milk comes in, they begin the very difficult process of helping their body to stop producing milk. You may be surprised by the sudden engorgement you will feel when your milk comes in, and how quickly you may become physically uncomfortable. In the past, mothers were told to wear a very tight bra, or bind their breasts to help to cease milk production. I do not recommend this
practice, as it can be very painful, can lead to infection, and does not substantially affect the decrease in milk production. We recommend
wearing a bra that is supportive but does not restrict your circulation. (PAID LINK)

Make Good Use Of Your Shower

Showering is a great tool to express milk to comfort
  • Stand in a hot shower and let the water run over your breasts. This can stimulate some milk release and help you to feel less full. Sit in a warm bath and lean into the water. This will allow some milk to leak out. Express just enough milk, by hand or with abreast pump, to make yourself feel more comfortable. To hand express, hold your breast with your fingers a few inches back from the areola. Push your hand back toward
    the chest wall, then roll your fingers forward toward the nipple, taking care not to slide yourfingers over the skin. Wear a comfortable but supportive bra that does not restrict your circulation.
  • Use breast pads to soak up any leaking milk. Change them as they become wet.
  • Relieve pain and swelling by putting cold/gel packs in your bra, or use cold compresses after a shower or bath.
  • Cold cabbage leaves worn inside the bra can also be soothing. Wash and dry the leaves before use and cut out any large, bumpy veins. Keep them in the fridge as they need to be cold. Change the leaves every 2 hours or when they become limp. Continue using the leaves until the breasts stop feeling overfull. Cold compresses (e.g. frozen peas in a damp cloth or chilled cabbage leaves) held against painful areas of the breast for twenty minutes at a time can reduce any pain or inflammation. There is some evidence that cabbage leaves may be better than cool gel packs for reducing engorgement1.
  • Be gentle with your breasts:
  • Handle your breasts very gently as they can bruise easily.
  • Whenever your breasts feel too full, express a little milk. Express only enough to make you comfortable.
  • Use your prescribed pain killers:
  • Mild painkiller medications may help relieve pain. Your doctor will be able to advise you about this.
  • Stay hydrated:
  • Drink when you are thirsty. Cutting down fluids will not help reduce your milk supply.
  • Rest when you feel like:
  • For the first few days you may be uncomfortable lying in bed because your breasts are so full. Try lying on your back or on one side with an extra pillow supporting your breasts. If you like to lie on your front, place a pillow under your hips and stomach to ease the pressure on your breasts. Place a soft towel or cloth nappy across your breasts to soak up any leaking milk.
  • Discuss with your doctor drugs to help suppress your milk:
  • There are some prescribed drugs that have been used to suppress lactation. Talk over the pros and cons of using lactation suppression drugs with your doctor before making a decision about whether they are necessary in your case.

Use Sage And Other Herbs To Help Suppress Milk Production

Sage: Effective for Reducing Milk Supply

This is best used only if you are in the process of weaning, though it may also be used in extreme cases of oversupply when the usual measures are not effective. Be careful with this if you are not in the weaning process! Don’t overdo it once you’re seeing some results.

To use dried sage (Salvia officinalis) for reducing milk supply, take 1/4 teaspoon of sage 3x per day for 1-3 days. You can mix the sage in vegetable juice (for example, V-8), but it won’t mix well into other juices. You can also mix it into other foods or a broth. If you don’t like the taste of sage, try putting it into a tiny piece of sandwich and swallowing it whole – peanut butter or something else a bit sticky seems to work best for holding the sage in place. Tear off the corner of the sandwich containing the sage (it should be a very small section) and swallow it without chewing (that’s why you need a very small section). To use sage tea for decreasing milk supply, infuse 1 tablespoon of dried sage in 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-15 minutes. Drink 1 cup, 2 – 6 times per day.

Jasmine: Great For Decreasing Milk Flow

Another effective treatment is to apply fresh, crushed jasmine flowers (Jasminum sambac) to the breasts to decrease milk flow. A study has shown this to be effective: Shrivastav P, George K, Balasubramaniam N, Jasper MP, Thomas M, Kanagasabhapathy AS. Suppression of puerperal lactation using jasmine flowers (Jasminum sambac). Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1988 Feb;28(1):68-71.

Other Herbs

Other herbs that can decrease milk supply: Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Spearmint, Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Chickweed, Black Walnut, stinging nettles (not nettle – that increases milk supply), Yarrow, Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Lemon Balm, Oregano, Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor), Sorrel (Rumex acetosa).

Sage, peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, oregano, and cabbage leaves can all be incorporated into a pressed oil (cold pressed or hot) to make massage oils for milk suppression.

Most mothers will be able to suppress their lactation by limiting the volume of milk removed, wearing a firm bra, using cold packs or cabbage leaves and medication for pain and inflammation if required.

What To Look Out For After Having Baby

Milk leakage

At times, you may experience milk leaking from your breasts during the lactation suppression process. Here are some tips to help with leaking breasts:

  • Use breast pads. (PAID LINK). Avoid any breast pads that hold moisture against the skin. Make sure your bra is roomy enough to hold whatever sort of pad you choose without putting pressure on your breasts. If you wear your bra to bed, take care that it doesn’t dig in when you are lying down as this may lead to blocked milk ducts.
  • Stop the flow when necessary. If your milk starts to leak out strongly (ie your milk ‘lets down’) you can stop the overflow by pressing firmly on your nipple with your hand or forearm for several seconds.

Engorgement (painful, overfull breasts)

Breast engorgement is breast swelling that results in painful, tender breasts. It’s caused by an increase in blood flow and milk supply in your breasts, and it occurs in the first days after childbirth. If your breasts become engorged and the ideas given above do not ease your discomfort, it may help to express all the milk in the breasts, just once, with an electric breast pump. This can relieve the pressure and from then on, you may be able to prevent it building up to that point again.

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Certain conditions or events may make you more likely to experience the swollen fullness that’s commonly associated with breast engorgement. These causes include:

  • missing a feeding
  • skipping a pumping session
  • creating an overabundance of milk for the baby’s appetite
  • supplementing with formula between nursing sessions, which may reduce nursing later
  • weaning too quickly
  • nursing a baby that’s ill
  • difficulty with latching and sucking
  • not expressing breast milk when it first comes in because you don’t plan to breastfeed.

How to resolve this issue:

Applying a cold compress or ice pack to relieve pain and swelling.

Excellent treatment for engorged breasts
  • Use of cabbage as above

Remember to wear a firm bra and express only for comfort as vigorous pumping can increase your milk supply.

Blocked ducts and mastitis

When breasts are left very full, there is a risk that one or more of the ducts that carry milk to the nipple will become blocked. A lump forms and the breast begins to feel sore. Sometimes there is a red patch on the skin or the breast may feel hot which will appear as tender and painful lumps in your breast, or a breast infection which would manifest itself in a tender, reddened area and would be accompanied by a fever or chills.

If the blockage remains, milk can be forced out of the duct and into the breast tissue, which becomes inflamed. You may get the shivers and aches and feel like you are getting the ‘flu’. This is called mastitis and can come on very quickly. See your doctor if you get the flu-like symptoms or if you cannot clear a blockage within a few days. If this happens, you will need to express more milk than usual to clear the blockage. If mastitis is not treated, a breast abscess may develop. Thank goodness, these are now quite rare. Should either of these conditions present, contact your doctor, midwife or a lactation consultant for further assistance. Getting help as soon as possible decreases your risk of more complications.

What If I Want To Sustain My Breast Milk?

I understand that not all mothers want to express their breast milk after the loss of their baby and this is fine. This actually can help some mothers to better grieve for their baby.

Some mothers may not want to suppress their milk production after the loss of their baby. These mothers may appreciate the time expressing gives them to connect with and grieve for their baby. Mothers may want to continue to express their milk for days, weeks or even months. You can express as often each day as you like for as long as it suits you. The lactational amenorrhea method is an accepted and effective method of family planning and is a factor which may be relevant for some mothers to consider when expressing. Avoiding significant and sudden changes to your expressing regime can help reduce the risk of your breasts becoming engorged and blocked ducts.

When you decide to wean from expressing, doing so gradually (eg by dropping one expressing session every few days or so) can help your breasts adjust more comfortably. For tips of expressing and storing breastmilk, see Expressing and storing breastmilk.

There may be stores of your frozen milk at home or in the hospitalIf you have frozen breastmilk stored in the hospital, you can approach the hospital staff to make decisions about what to do with these frozen stores of milk such as to discard it, keep it as a memento or donate it (if possible).

Some women have used their breastmilk in an activity or item to help create a memory. For example defrosting it and pouring it on a special plant in the garden, using it to make breastmilk jewelry, burying some milk with the baby, using breastmilk as a symbol in the funeral service, donating it. You do not have to make these decisions quickly. You can keep your milk in a freezer and take it with you if you move house.

Hormonal birth control pills and certain decongestant medication : Reduces Breast Milk

Decongestants can reduce your milk supply

There are some birth control and decongestants (sudafed)that (containing pseudoephedrine) can also reduce a milk supply in some mothers. For further information about using any of these drugs to dry up breast milk consult with your doctor.

What About Milk Banking And Donation? Another Option

Breast milk donation is another option

Some bereaved mothers find that the presence of milk is upsetting and want to eliminate it as quickly as possible, while other mothers find
the milk to be a comforting reminder of their body’s ability to care for the baby they so love and had wished to care for. There is no right or wrong way to feel. It is your choice to follow. If a mother is interested in pumping and donating breast milk she can find her nearest milk bank in the country where she lives. When you decide to stop donating milk, you can gradually pump less often and for shorter pumping times over a period of a couple of weeks. In this way your breasts will adjust naturally so that the production of breast milk can come to a gradual end without engorgement.

Take One Day At A Time

It can take a long time to recover from the death of a baby. There will be times when you feel you have made some headway, only to fall back into the deep sadness of it all. You may find it hard to get to sleep or you may wake often. This is quite normal.

This is the time to be kind to yourself. Talking with others who have also have lost a baby may give you support and some comfort. Details of support groups are listed below. (PAID LINK)

Helpful resources

There are many other support websites that a mother or her supporters may find helpful including Glow in the Woods and Still Standing Magazine.

Bottom Line

Whatever decision you make concerning your lactation Mama is totally up to you. I hope you are able to remain as comfortable as possible. As you grieve I want you to know that God loves you. Ask Him to stay with you during this hard journey. Find family and friends who support and love you. Thank you for stopping by today. Do visit again. I wish you a happy, healthy, and successful breastfeeding journey. Here is a video that talks about breastfeeding and infant loss. Let me know if you’ve ever tried these methods out and how they worked out for you.(PAID LINK)

Great treatments for drying up your milk!

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss : How To Get Amazing Results!

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Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift given to mankind by God. For centuries Breastfeeding is known to really benefit so many families. But did you know that breastfeeding helps you to loose weight? Yes it really does. With persistence and commitment, you can shed those flabby pounds beginning the first few weeks of delivery if you choose to breast feed. Here is a program that will get you off to a great start. You can lose inches and gain confidence with this 21 day body transformation.

So many women have taken advantage of this fact. I sure did. One of the things I really enjoyed about breastfeeding after having my babies was looking forward to loosing my weight quickly. It became a goal of mine that after six weeks, I would get into a consistent exercise regimen. Do you believe, after only six weeks I could also fit into my prepregnant clothing? No joke ladies! Getting the right tools e.g. clothing gears, sports bra, and tennis.

This article sheds light on how breastfeeding may help you to loose weight. There is no doubt that breastfeeding mothers do loose weight faster than non breastfeeding moms.

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How Breastfeeding May Help You Shed Weight

Breastfeeding according to research can allow a woman to loose 500 calories per day. This is amazing. Exercise, and diet also helps to ensure this. In addition, nursing Moms are more alert of what they eat. They do not suddenly pick up a chocolate bar and eat it because they are hungry. No, they plan what they are going to eat by by decreasing the amount of process foods, and taking in more lean protein, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, legumes, and wholesale. These eating habits have proven to be very effective in weight loss after having baby.

For instance, in one study, women who breastfed exclusively for at least three months lost 3.2 pounds (1.5 kg) more in the first year than those who formula-fed or supplemented with formula. What’s more, the longer the mother breastfed, the stronger the effect (6Trusted Source).

Breastfeeding women were also 6% more likely to return to or dip below their pre-pregnancy weight than non-exclusively breastfeeding women (6Trusted Source).

Other studies report similar results, adding that breastfeeding mothers appear to achieve their pre-pregnancy weight on average six months earlier than those who formula-feed (7Trusted Source8Trusted Source).

Breastfeeding may also have positive long-term effects on your weight. In one study, women who breastfed for 6–12 months had lower overall body fat percentages 5 years after giving birth than those who didn’t (9Trusted Source).

Another study found that women who exclusively breastfed for more than 12 weeks postpartum were on average 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) lighter 10 years following their pregnancy than those who never breastfed.

These mothers also remained 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg) lighter than those who breastfed for fewer than 12 weeks (10Trusted Source).

This suggests that both the duration and frequency of breastfeeding can influence how much weight you may lose after giving birth. However, not all studies find a strong link, so more research is needed (11Trusted Source12Trusted Source).

SUMMARY: Exclusively breastfeeding for at least 3–6 months may help you lose more weight than formula-feeding or a combination of the two. Breastfeeding may also have lasting effects on your weight — years after giving birth.

Why Some Women Don’t Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Losing weight while breastfeeding is a delicate balancing act.

Did you know that losing weight while breastfeeding may not be equally easy for all mothers.

A deficit of 500 calories per day may theoretically help breastfeeding mothers lose around 1 pound (0.45 kg) per week for a total of about 4 pounds (1.8 kg) per month (3Trusted Source).

Therefore, breastfeeding mothers who increased the recommended 25–35 pounds (11.5–16 kg) during pregnancy should be able to lose this weight within the first 6–8 months postpartum (13Trusted Source).

However, many nursing mothers take longer than this interval to shed their baby weight. In fact, research shows that many women only lose up to 86% of the weight gained during pregnancy within the first 6 months after giving birth (14Trusted Source).

What’s more, some studies find no difference in weight loss between breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers altogether (1516Trusted Source).

The reasons why some women may have a harder time losing their baby weight while breastfeeding can differ.

For one, breastfeeding tends to increase hunger. I found this to be very true from my experience . Studies show that some women eat more and move less while nursing — compensating for the extra calorie burn of breastfeeding (17Trusted Source).

New mothers also tend to have irregular and interrupted periods of sleep. Sleep deprivation is another known factor for increased hunger and appetite — both of which may make it harder to lose weight (18Trusted Source19Trusted Source20Trusted Source).

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8 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Losing weight while breastfeeding is a delicate balancing act.

You need to create a calorie deficit to lose weight, but cutting calories too drastically can make it difficult to get enough nutrients and leave you feeling tired and hungry. Plus, eating too little may make it hard to produce enough milk. Here are some strategies you can try in your diet planning:

  • Develop a real, long term plan and try to stick to it as much as possible.
  • Individualize your diet to to include foods you like and indulge yourself once in a while
  • Include foods from all five food groups
  • Eat foods with plenty nutrients. Check labels and eat more natural foods
  • Stress what your must DOs, more than your Don’ts
  • Eat on a regular schedule, at least 3 times per day
  • Never skip your meals. This is not a good practice because you usually eat more with the next meal or even binge.

Some links are available to assist you in shopping on this site. I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Here are some tips to help you lose your baby weight in a healthy and nutritious way:

1.Eat less but not too little. Breastfeeding mothers should avoid eating fewer than 1500–1800 calories per day. This allows you to consume enough nutrients and avoid producing too little milk (21Trusted Source).

2.Eat foods rich in protein and fiber. Replacing processed foods with ones rich in protein and fiber can help reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

3.Exercise. Despite what some women fear, moderate exercise is unlikely to negatively affect your milk production. A combination of diet and exercise helps breastfeeding mothers preserve muscle mass. (23Trusted Source24Trusted Source). Our 21 day Weight Loss Challenge is helping women all over the world. Consider giving it a try today.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Walk, swim, dance or participate in some physical exercise at least 10-20 minutes daily in your normal routine.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Focus on strengthening your muscles, heart, and lungs. make sure you consult your doctor before any exercise program. Safety is key.

4.Keep nutritious foods visible. Research shows that you’re most likely to eat foods that are visible or easily accessible. So stock up on nutritious snacks and keep pre-cut veggies and fruits within view (25Trusted Source). Here are some healthy snacks you can stock up on in this link

A nutritious diet goes a long way in weight loss

5.Stay hydrated. Drinking enough — especially unsweetened drinks like water — is important for your milk supply. It may also help you lose weight by keeping you full and more energized (26Trusted Source27Trusted Source28Trusted Source).

Water ! the body’s purification engine

6.Find alternatives to take-out. A meal train, in which friends and relatives help provide nutritious, home-cooked meals, is a great alternative to take-out and can contribute to weight loss.

7.Eat slowly and consciously. Eating for fewer than 20 minutes or while distracted may make you eat up to 71% more calories. Try to sit down and tune in at mealtimes instead — ideally while your baby sleeps (29Trusted Source30Trusted Source31Trusted Source).

8.Sleep when you can. Sleep deprivation can increase hunger and cravings. Try to offset your lack of sleep by planning at least a few 30-minute naps for yourself while your baby sleeps (18Trusted Source19Trusted Source20Trusted Source).

SUMMARY: The tips above may help you lose weight while breastfeeding — yet still provide you and your baby with the nutrients you need. You can set your goals and work steadily towards them. I remember going on the scale once per week to check my weight. I would be so excited to see what I had loss, which in the beginning was very slow. At this stage it is very easy to give up . Please do not give up.

Give yourself some time before excelling.

More Valuable Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby

Breastfeeding offers several other benefits:

  • Provides ideal nutrition for babies. Breast milk contains everything your baby needs during the first months of life — including immune-strengthening antibodies (22Trusted Source32Trusted Source33Trusted Source).
  • Protects your baby against disease. Breastfeeding helps protect your baby against ear infections, colds, diabetes, leukemia, and even certain types of allergies (34Trusted Source).
  • May prevent childhood obesity. Breastfeeding helps babies self-regulate their milk intake, promotes healthy weight gain, and may protect your baby against childhood obesity (35Trusted Source36Trusted Source).
  • May promote brain development. Breastfeeding is linked to higher intelligence scores and may be particularly beneficial for brain development in preterm babies (37Trusted Source38Trusted Source39Trusted Source).
  • Helps your uterus contract. Breastfeeding encourages postpartum uterine contractions, which can minimize bleeding and help your uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size (32Trusted Source40Trusted Source).
  • Reduces your risk of depression. Mothers who breastfeed tend to have a lower risk of postpartum depression. However, other factors may also be at play (41Trusted Source42Trusted Source).
  • May reduce your risk of disease. Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as breast and ovarian cancer (32Trusted Source43Trusted Source44Trusted Source45Trusted Source).
  • It saves time and money. Breastfeeding is free and requires little to no equipment. It’s also easily portable, without having to worry about warming up or cleaning bottles on the go.
Studies indicate that breastfeeding mothers have the lowest rate of depression


Breastfeeding may contribute to postpartum weight loss in some women, though not all nursing mothers notice an effect.

To lose your baby weight, eat protein- and fiber-rich whole foods, stay hydrated, and exercise. Also, avoid eating fewer than 1500–1800 calories per day, as this may affect your milk supply.

Most importantly, keep in mind that breastfeeding offers many other benefits – for both you and your child. Here is another weight loss program, you might prefer to check out. This one has also helped thousands of women to effectively loose their unwanted weight.

Last medically reviewed on January 28, 2019 Written by Anna Crollman on January 28, 2019 — Medically reviewed by Anna Crollman

I sure hope you have learned quite a bit about breastfeeding and weight loss. As you can see deciding to breastfeed your baby is moving in the right direction towards a life filled with more positive outcomes.

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