Breastfeeding is best for mothers and their babies for several reasons. In addition to providing food and helps protect your baby from getting sick, breastfeeding can help you lose the weight gained during pregnancy. Moderate exercise and eating less can help mothers who breastfeed lose weight.
Breastfeeding Diet Plan
A good time to lose weight after pregnancy is during lactation.
Breastfeeding can make it easier to lose weight because you are using extra calories to feed your baby.
Women who breastfeed exclusively for more than three months tend to lose more weight than those who do not.
Those who continue breastfeeding beyond 4-6 months can continue losing weight.
For more tips on weight loss during lactation and why breastfeeding is best for you and your baby, visit Womenshealth.gov.
Follow your daily eating plan for moms to choose the right amount of each food group. Furthermore, women and baby breastfeeding continue to visit your doctor or health care professional during lactation. He or she can keep track of your weight and tell you if you are losing weight as it should. If you are losing weight too slow or too fast, change the amount you’re eating.
If you are not losing weight or losing too slowly, cut the calories you are eating.
The best way to eat fewer calories is by decreasing the amount of “empty calories” you are eating. “Empty calories” are the calories of added sugars and solid fats in foods such as soft drinks, desserts, fried foods, cheese, whole milk and fatty meats. Look for options that are low fat, no fat, no sugar or no-sugar added. They have fewer “empty calories.” Alcohol is also a source of “empty calories.” See nutritional needs during lactation for precautions and guidelines on alcohol consumption during lactation.
If you are losing weight too quickly, you need to eat more calories. You can do this by eating a little more of each food group. Try adding a healthy snack every day, or increasing portion sizes at meals. If losing weight faster than you want remains, consult your doctor.