Moms typically gain weight during pregnancy. This is because the body will automatically store fat which can be converted as energy after the baby is born. Many mothers experience weight loss during breastfeeding. This is because the body will convert the stored fat into energy so that the body can provide milk that the baby will nurse on. This is one of the reasons why breastfeeding is not only beneficial to babies but to mothers too. Breastfeeding, proper diet and exercise can aid in post pregnancy weight loss.
Breastfeeding makes it easier for mothers to lose weight because the body is burning extra calories to nurse the baby. According to research women who breastfeed exclusively for 3 months find it easier to lose weight compared to those who do not. Additionally, women who continue to breastfeed lose more weight in the process.
In order to lose weight effectively post pregnancy, it is important to go on a diet and exercise too. Some women gain 50-70 pounds after giving birth and find it harder to shed the weight compared to those who gained only minimal weight. Exercising and dieting while breastfeeding will speed up the weight loss process. It is also important to take note that foods consumed during this period should be healthy and nutritious. Stay away from empty calorie foods such as junk food, processed food, sweets, salty treats and soda. Alcohol is a source of empty calories and should be avoided especially during the breastfeeding months.
For mothers who are losing weight too fast, it is important to eat more. Breastfeeding and looking after an infant require lots of energy. It is important that energy stores not be depleted during this time period. So eat more calories per day. For women who are still losing weight too quickly, consult your physician.