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Did breastfeeding help you lose weight??

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Anna posted this 18 March 2019

I know people say breastfeeding helps you slim down after having your baby, but that just hasn’t been the case for me. I know it must be burning calories, and I don’t feel like I’m over eating, but I think I’m slowly gaining weight?? 

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Maya posted this 25 March 2019

I lost weight breastfeeding. Are you eating too many calories? If you feel that you're gaining, I'd consult the scale and then your doctor. Unexplained weight gain is a red flag. 

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Amy posted this 25 March 2019

I've lost while breastfeeding. Have you been tracking your weight/calories? I would talk to your doctor if things aren't adding up. 

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Carrie posted this 25 March 2019

I don't know about GAINING weight, but I didn't lose my baby weight (after the initial couple months) until AFTER I stopped breastfeeding. And I know a few people who had the same experience.

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Katlynne posted this 24 April 2019

I exclusively pump and constantly am eating 24/7 but do not gain any weight!! Such a blessing 

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Shelley posted this 24 April 2019

I lost all my baby weight from breastfeeding but I was super careful about what I was eating. 

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Brit posted this 24 April 2019

I'm not sure if it was the breastfeeding, but I certainly felt like the weight fell off faster than I expected. Take care of yourself and try not to be too critical (I know easier said than done). When it feels appropriate start adding in some tiny bits of exercise and I'm sure you'll feel better.

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Jamine posted this 24 April 2019

Following this thread for tips.  I want to breastfeed and I have also heard that weightloss and a great plus side of breast feeding.

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Elizabeth posted this 06 May 2019

I wish! I felt like I gained weight. I was constantly hungry, so I ate a lot. 

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Chelsea posted this 06 May 2019

I got down to my pre-pregnancy weight pretty fast while nursing. I kept the weight off even while eating a lot.

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Tracey posted this 06 May 2019

I thought it did! But I think I recently read an article that said that is actually somewhat of a myth...

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Ella posted this 06 May 2019

Biggest myth ever (lose weight by breastfeeding)! For some people, like you and me, it just doesn't work like that. I didn't eat a ton, and I didn't eat unhealthy. I also worked out. For some reason, my body just held on to weight. It may be that I am a plant-based eater; vegans and vegetarians are known for having difficulty breastfeeding. About 3 months after LO was born, I lost 5 pounds. I was excited! Excited until I noticed that my milk supply was dipping! I had to spend that day eating protein bars, and increasing my milk! This happened any time I lost weight; I had to eat more! I stayed at the same weight until my baby started on solids. I was able to lose 5 pounds, and not have any trouble with milk supply. After I realized that I could lose without hindering her supply then I focused on weight loss. She is still breastfeeding, at 13 months, and I am 15 pounds down now. I am taking it as slow as possible in order to ensure that she is still getting the nutrients that she needs from me.

Hope this helps!

The best advice I can give you is concentrate on eating healthy foods, and definitely workout. When the weight starts to fall off, you want to make sure that you are toned.

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Robin posted this 07 May 2019

I got down to a lower weight but I’m not sure if it was because bf or healthy diet or activity. Either way, I would keep doing all three!

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carla posted this 07 May 2019

I did loose weight in the beginning but I now feel like I'm at a stand still. Almost 4 months post. 

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rashelle posted this 07 May 2019

Ive also been curious about this. Ive seen so many mixed responses. I guess everyone just has a different experience.

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Jane posted this 08 May 2019

I feel like I lost weight quicker when I was successful with BFing than when I wasn't, but I also had other factors at play with my daughter, so I'm not entirely sure I can credit BFing with that. While I'm sure I was burning calories, I was also starving ALL. THE. TIME. I was doing serious carb loading. But just remember, it took you 9 months to gain the weight, it's ok if it takes you some time to lose it (and even ok if you don't lose it all). Our bodies are amazing, and growing humans is hard work. 

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Aisha posted this 10 May 2019

BFing helped to a degree. But I was so freaking hungry all the time. 

I wish I knew how to eat and lose weight as I now do. I seemed to go after tons of carbs at the time —-unbeknownst to me. 

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user3 posted this 11 May 2019


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user3 posted this 11 May 2019

Not all women lose weight with breastfeeding. I was one of them! Just pulled an article of the internet. Hope it helps!!!


Average milk production is about 750 ml (25 oz) per day and the energy required to produce that milk is about 200-500 calories per day. Your body has been storing fat (especially in the tummy, hip and thigh areas) for 9 months in preparation for breastfeeding. 

Nursing or pumping moms will often retain an extra 5 or 10 pounds until several weeks after weaning. This additional body weight protects mom's ability to produce milk in cases of illness or a severe reduction in caloric intake. However, the mom who is gaining weight while breastfeeding should closely examine her diet for "empty calories" and increase her activity level. 

Weight reduction diets shouldn't be started before 6 weeks postpartum. Liquid diets or other very low-calorie diets are not recommended because they're basically starvation diets. When mom is deprived of calories, her body fat will be retained and lean muscle tissue will be used for her milk production instead. When mom returns to her previous diet, her body may then store more fat as a defense mechanism against future episodes of starvation. Take home: Eat a well-balanced diet, start with some light or moderate exercise and pace yourself -- fad diets or starving yourself will not be helpful in the long-term and they may in turn, impact your milk production. 

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Leigh posted this 12 May 2019

Breastfeeding helped somewhat. I also seemed to need more food and perhaps more nutritious selections would have been wise. It was tough because generally time was not always on my side but in the future I’d be sure to keep veggies around that I could grab in a moments notice. 

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Smruti posted this 12 May 2019

Yeah, I surely did lose quite a lot of weight while nursing. But I did ensure keeping a healthy and nutritious diet also .

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