Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

Does breastfeeding really help you lose the baby weight?

by Ali's Wonderland (follow)
Do something today that your future self will thank you for...
Health (513)      Motherhood (31)      Babies (29)      Weight Loss (14)      Breastfeeding (8)      Parenthood (4)     


Breastfed Infant by papaija2008
Image Source: freedigitalphotos.net by papaija2008


I breastfed my first child for 12 months. I am currently breastfeeding my 2nd child, who is 6 months. I am doing more exercise 2nd time around than the first, but still finding it hard to shift the baby weight.

I will continue breastfeeding as I believe if it is working for both mum and bub, it is the best start I can give her. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on if breastfeeding helps to lose the weight or is it all just a myth?

#Breastfeeding
#Motherhood
#Weight Loss
#Babies
#Parenthood
#Health
I like this Question - 10
Ask and answer questions for a share of ad revenue - click here
[ Submit an Answer ]
Top Answers
When you first start it definitely does, because it causes contractions in the womb, which help to shrink the tummy a little bit. This effect only seems to work for the first 6 weeks. As to whether it helps to lose weight long term, that depends on your diet and exercise routine (if you have one with a newborn). I have read that breastfeeding burns 500 calories per day, so if you are consuming the right amount for your body, you can still lose weight. It should be slowly though, I know that Jenny Craig recommends a breastfeeding mother lose no more than half a kg per week. Any more than that can be bad for the baby and mum as you aren't getting enough nutrients to pass on. It's probably best to wait until you're finished breastfeeding for hard-core weight loss, but you can lose it slowly while you're breastfeeding.
While you're pregnant, your body automatically layers on extra fatty tissue so you'll have enough fat stores to begin and support breastfeeding. After you have your baby, however, if what you eat is varied and well balanced, breastfeeding can help you lose your pregnancy weight without compromising either your health or your baby's by dieting. And you naturally burn calories to make breast milk every time you nurse.
After I gave birth, I didn't do much exercise and was still eating more than my fair share, so I credit my weight loss to breastfeeding.
by Vee
You would be more than likely to lose weight.
For some women it does. It depends a bit on how much you are feeding and for how long. I tandem fed my two year old with my second baby and within about a month I was lighter than I had been before I became pregnant with my first baby (ie. I lost about 12 kilos, though 3.5kg of that was the baby, plus a couple for the placenta and extra blood, but it's still a fair bit). I think a lot of that must have to do with all the breastfeeding I was doing, with my newborn cluster feeding and my toddler suddenly going back to wanting to be fed four or five times a day. I was certainly a lot hungrier than usual.

Of course you still need to exercise as well.
For some women it does. It depends a bit on how much you are feeding and for how long. I tandem fed my two year old with my second baby and within about a month I was lighter than I had been before I became pregnant with my first baby (ie. I lost about 12 kilos, though 3.5kg of that was the baby, plus a couple for the placenta and extra blood, but it's still a fair bit). I think a lot of that must have to do with all the breastfeeding I was doing, with my newborn cluster feeding and my toddler suddenly going back to wanting to be fed four or five times a day. I was certainly a lot hungrier than usual.

Of course you still need to exercise as well.
I didn't lose weight, I gained weight. But I didn't exercise for 6 months. I was doing the eat up big and make plenty of milk thing. I couldn't see how I would gain weight but within the next 12 months I could see that I wasn't really moving enough to shed even a kilo. Always fed whilst watching day time tele or reading magazines. Don't know what I was thinking. But, paying for it now.
although I breast fed all 3 of my children it was with my first daughter that I put on weight after she was born, I was just so hungry all the time and by mid afternoon I was tucking into honey sandwiches !! with the other two I was just too busy running around to gain any weight and the baby weight came off slowly. I really hate exercising !!
Can't remember, too may years' ago, & I hated it.
More Questions by Ali's Wonderland
view all questions by Ali's Wonderland
Articles by Ali's Wonderland on Other Hubs
Let me begin by pressing rewind and explain how our bed time battles began
902 views
Last Sunday, I participated in a fun run to raise money for the McGrath Foundation
319 views
It's funny, at the beginning of this journey, 12 weeks seemed like a really long time
175 views
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 10813
Trending Questions
Categories
Health (513)
Life (382)
Parenting (216)
Beauty (142)
Food (672)
Travel (244)
Money (148)
Fitness (60)
Career (58)
Lifestyle (334)
Family (309)
Fun (277)
Children (252)
Home (187)
Shopping (182)
Personal (177)
Cooking (171)
Fashion (139)
Christmas (129)
Animals (116)
Wellbeing (113)
Kids (112)
Social (107)
Work (103)
Holiday (90)
Sleep (88)
Clothes (87)
Ethics (86)
Love (84)
Fruit (78)
Music (76)
Hobbies (76)
Body (69)
Silly (64)
Friends (64)
Advice (63)
Reading (63)
Healthy (61)
Hair (56)
Books (55)
Car (54)
Nature (53)
Movies (53)
Women (53)
Medical (52)
School (52)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version