I personally believe that there is too much pressure for women to 'lose weight' in general. There is a cultural stigmata when it comes to the way women look, and it is unhealthy. Keeping on excess weight is also unhealthy but I don't believe that is the basis of the question, am I wrong there? If so then I am sorry for railroading your question but pressure to lose weight to 'look pretty' is wrong, losing weight to be healthy and happy is not. Pressuring someone to lose weight so you're happy with them is wrong, someone choosing to lose weight, because they are not at the fitness level they desire is not.
Yes, there is. It's a shame that women are ever pressured about their weight, but even more of a shame during a time when they need to focus on being with their new baby. Enough with the expectation that it's our job to be pleasing for others to look at! Besides, your baby will find you the best thing in the world to look at regardless what you weigh.
There are plenty of good reasons to breastfeed, but weight loss shouldn't be the main one. It doesn't even work as weight loss for all women. I would say it did for me but I don't know. I breastfed a lot and I lost weight quickly, but I was also stressed out (after my first baby anyway), lacking sleep etc so those might have been factors, and all the walking I did would have helped.
When I had children, admittedly a long time ago, there was absolutely no pressure.
However as time goes on, there seems to be more pressure on women in general to look "skinny".
Part of this is because the models are always so skinny, they sometimes look sick. I believe they should use larger size models as this would be more realistic, and perhaps that would stop expectations of a skinny woman.
It is hard enough to be up several times a night with a new baby, and to cope, and I think each individual will either bow to that pressure or as many do, just ignore it!
I think it's more of the pressure that new mums put on themselves. Giving birth to new life is such a beautiful experience - we should learn to savour it and take our time as well as give time to our body to recover from such a major change.
I think age may have something to do with that. I think our bodies are more resilient when we are younger than when we are older. Apart from my yucky looking skin and my drooping breasts, the rest of me has, for the most part, gone back to how it used to be. What I don't understand is how celebrities' bodies appear to be unchanged by pregnancy and birthing - it's as if they haven't actually had children. Though I suppose the reality of it all is mediated by the media.
Women put the pressure on themselves. They also don't open there eyes in classes before baby is born. I know I didn't. They need to ask questions too, about what will return to the prebaby state and what won't. But more importantly, watch the films etc. in prebaby classes - it helps to reduce the shock post-baby.