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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

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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Julia posted this 13 May 2019

Breastfeeding helped some lose the first ten pounds really quick but the last ten pounds really stuck around. I think the problem was that I was always hungry. I tried eating large meals and would be starving between them. I tried eating snacks, and I'd just snack and snack all day long. I didnt lose the last ten pounds til I stopped breastfeeding and returned to running.

Ellen posted this 13 May 2019

I noticed that I didn't lose any weight until I actually stopped breastfeeding. My OB was saying to me that for some women it melts the weight off and for others they retain weight until they stop. OH well...

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user8 posted this 14 May 2019

Same here! I also was told that it was because I was thin to begin with (120 pounds before pregnancy), and my body was holding on to the weight. I stayed at 140 pounds until after I completely weaned my baby boy. After a month or two, the weight fell off!

I noticed that I didn't lose any weight until I actually stopped breastfeeding. My OB was saying to me that for some women it melts the weight off and for others they retain weight until they stop. OH well...

Mackenzie posted this 14 May 2019

Breastfeeding didn't help me lose anything. Healthier eating and exercise helped me to get back into pre-baby weight. I thought it would make a big difference, but I breastfed for the nutritional aspect to my child overall.

Kristyn posted this 14 May 2019

I think it's so hard to even try to lose weight when breastfeeding! Hormones were all over the place for me! And I had to make sure I pumped it all out to even get an accurate weight. I never could quite figure out exactly how many calories I needed to consume either...

Andrea posted this 20 May 2019

I'm not sure if it was specifically the breastfeeding, but with all three of my pregnancies I was able to lose the weight relatively easily. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself as I am pregnant with my 4th! I have heard though that breastfeeding helps, and it makes sense. I am always so hungry when I'm nursing!

Pam posted this 20 May 2019

The breastfeeding cravings are almost worse than pregnancy! Switched to craving major comfort food, sweets, etc. and wanting to eat so often. So that didn't help. But aside from that I definitely lose it when I quit nursing.

Pam posted this 20 May 2019

This is super helpful thanks for posting. I think so many women try to diet immediately after birth and it just doesn't work that early.

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. 

olivia posted this 21 May 2019

I am hoping I lose the baby weight while breast feeding!

Allison posted this 21 May 2019

Did not help me lose weight at all. If anything I feel like my weight stayed around because I was breastfeeding.

Anne posted this 21 May 2019

I breastfed and eased my way back into exercising and watching what I ate. So I can't say if breastfeeding helped fully in losing weight or my other dietary restrictions. I would say it all went hand-in-hand though. 

Gina posted this 24 July 2019

Yeah, I lost all of my baby weight within the first 6 weeks breastfeeding.  You may need to watch what you're eating...?  But then again I eat whatever and crave sugar most of the time so I don't know.  Granted, my boys are ravenous at all times and I also have an oversupply so I have always pumped more than they drank in a day - maybe I have just been losing more calories because of that.

Lori posted this 25 July 2019

I didn't lose any weight when breastfeeding-I found if I limited my calories my milk supply dropped. It sucked! 

Louise posted this 25 July 2019

I followed a strict diet, but the breast feeding did help quite a bit!

Sharon posted this 07 August 2019

The first few months I was able to lose a lot of weight breastfeeding/pumping but then around 3 months I started gaining weight trying to keep my supply up.  9 months later, I still have 10 lbs to go and don't see them coming off till I'm down breastfeeding.

Addie posted this 07 August 2019

I couldn’t breastfeed because it was too painful but a friend of mine did and she dropped weight so fast! Idk if it was the breastfeeding or if her body just snapped back to its “regular” form but she seems to believe breastfeeding helped. 

Callii posted this 07 August 2019

Yes! It helped take the weight off tremendously. 

Chelsea posted this 07 August 2019

No it didn’t. 

Graham posted this 07 August 2019

It didn’t help me  

Erica posted this 08 August 2019

I’m hoping it helps! 

Bristol posted this 08 August 2019

No, it didn’t help me at all. 

Wendy posted this 09 August 2019

I lost a lot at first but after awhile it stopped. 

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Mel posted this 10 August 2019

I lost the first 25lbs really easily-however I gained 50 so it was a struggle to lose the rest. 

Sarah posted this 15 August 2019

I definitely did not lose weight from breastfeeding! I tried not to stress too much about it because I knew I needed the extra calories to produce enough milk.  After I nursed both my kids for 12 months and stopped the weight came off much more easily!

Jennifer posted this 19 August 2019

I think it depends on the person. It did help me lose weight, however I did make sure that I was walking on a daily basis. It's so important to keep moving too!  Every woman's body is different, and we are AMAZING people for creating and bringing life into this world. You do what works for you!

Betty posted this 19 August 2019

I lost weight when breastfeeding and am continuing to lose weight. I breastfeed exclusively, but he is not ready to take on any solids. I also have a really good milk supply and pump constantly along with having regular feedings. I don't exercise heavily and I don't necessarily watch what I eat, but I do have good dinners with veggies, carbs, and usually red meats because I have an iron deficiency. But I'm pretty sure that it is like the other women said, it depends on the individual woman and how her body reacts. Some may lose weight and some may maintain their weight, but I don't think that you're supposed to be gaining weight.

Amanda posted this 20 August 2019


I lost weight when breastfeeding and am continuing to lose weight. I breastfeed exclusively, but he is not ready to take on any solids. I also have a really good milk supply and pump constantly along with having regular feedings. I don't exercise heavily and I don't necessarily watch what I eat, but I do have good dinners with veggies, carbs, and usually red meats because I have an iron deficiency. But I'm pretty sure that it is like the other women said, it depends on the individual woman and how her body reacts. Some may lose weight and some may maintain their weight, but I don't think that you're supposed to be gaining weight.

I think my body's metabolism slows down initially after having my Babies. I would always lose a little initially,then kind of maintain until I stopped breastfeeding,or when the child was older,and not exclusively breastfeeding,then I would lose the weight really fast. I know everyones body is different.  It

Melody posted this 21 August 2019

I lost weight, however it was more of a gradual loss over a few months time.  

Rachel posted this 21 August 2019

I lost weight, but that was in combination with light walking and cycling AFTER I was cleared to work out.  I think diet is super important as well.

Sophia posted this 23 August 2019

I have not this time but I know I don't eat well. Plus I'm on birth control and haven't been in like 10 years which I know isn't helping. 

Susan posted this 23 August 2019

I felt like with my first ,i lost weight very quickly,however,with my second,it took a good year to go back to baseline weight. 

Caroline posted this 25 August 2019

I did lose weight rather quickly after having my daughter, and I assumed the fact that I was breastfeeding helped the weight come off faster, but I've heard so many mamas say the opposite. I guess it really does depend on the person. 

Brianne posted this 28 August 2019

Every body is different. In my case I was able to drop pregnancy weight by breastfeeding within 2 months post partum with each of my pregnancies. I gained about 40 lbs each time. I am also trying to get more physical activity in. I play outside with my 3 year old, and started doing yoga to work on strengthening my core and back. Keep track of what you're eating each day, and talk to your doctor about it. It is probably just how your body deals with breastfeeding. Maybe once you're done, your body will lose weight more easily. Right now, keeping baby fed is important. Hang in there. 

Fina posted this 28 August 2019

I think eating healthy is key. You burn up to 500 extra calories a day breastfeeding but it wont matter if you are not eating right!

Caroline posted this 30 August 2019

I did lose weight quickly while I was breastfeeding, but I have heard so many women say the opposite. I guess it really does depend on the person! 

Ana posted this 31 August 2019

I am thankful that I decided to breastfeed. I know there are some amazing benefits for breastfeeding your baby, but I really appreciated losing all the baby weight so fast! I think if I didn't breastfeed it would have taken me waaaay longer to lose the weight.

amber posted this 15 September 2019

I lost weight dramatically while breast feeding and pumping but my sister in law gained weight and is still struggling to lose weight even after weaning. I think it all depends on the individual. 

Jade posted this 15 September 2019

I think people are just different. Breastfeeding made the weight just fall off me (I was always starving and ate frequently and whatever I wanted). I ended up 10 pounds less than before I got pregnant.  When I stopped just a few months ago I immediately gained back about 6-7 pounds.  On the other hand I know some people who's body held onto fat until they were done breastfeeding and then they lost weight. 

Katy posted this 17 September 2019

Breastfeeding helps me lose weight in the first 6 months, however it does nothing for my sister. Every body is different...

Anne posted this 17 September 2019

It does burn calories, but not a ton.  I lost a lot of weight while nursing but suspect it had something to do with hormones as well. 

Maggie posted this 18 September 2019

For me, I found that I needed to eat extra calories (I tried to be healthy, but not always successful!) when I was both pregnant and nursing.  I started gaining weight when I weaned my babies off breastfeeding because I was used to eating more but I didn't need it anymore.  But each body is made differently.  Don't beat yourself up if you are carrying some extra pounds

karlie posted this 3 weeks ago

Nursing was one of the biggest ways I lost weight. I still had to track my calories and make sure I didn't overeat because for some reason nursing made me extra hungry. As long as I ate proportionately and nursed the pounds came off. 

Carmen posted this 3 weeks ago

I am with you on this. EVERYONE told me the weight would just fall off but it didn't happen to me

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