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How to Breastfeed & Lose Weight

Learn how to lose weight while breastfeeding from lactation consultant Melissa K. Nagin in this Howcast video.

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So, breastfeeding and losing weight is another very popular topic. Because, everyone wants to get back into their old jeans.

They've been in maternity clothes for nine months. They're tired of them. And, you see your jeans hanging in your closet with that small waist. And you are hankering to get back into them.

So, breastfeeding and losing weight. Most weight is going to come off very quickly while you're breastfeeding because your body is burning 500 calories.

There are programs, like Weight Watchers does have a nursing program, that will keep your calorie count up, in order to sustain that.

If you diet dramatically and you start to see a very, very quick weight loss, your milk supply is going to take a severe hit. So, you do not want to have very, very rapid and drastic weight loss while you're breastfeeding.

So, if anything, just eat well. At the six week mark, once your doctor has given you the go-ahead, start to exercise again. All of that is absolutely fine. Your weight will come off.

But, no severe dieting. And, yes, it's fine to workout heavily when you're breastfeeding. You're going to need a good bra that's going to hold you in. But, the baby is not going to reject the breast when you come back from a run.

All I would recommend is wiping down the sweat off of the breast. Because that can cause them to turn away. Has nothing to do with any kind of build up of anything. It doesn't sour your milk, which I have heard many times as well.

And, everything should be fine. Your weight will come off very gradually. And you will probably hold on to a good five to seven pounds of fluid until the baby's completely weaned.

But, go for it. Eat well. No drastic weight loss. And exercise. And you will start to shed pounds.

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