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How to Calculate How Many Calories Breast-Feeding Burns

Curious how many calories breast-feeding burns? Here's how to find out.


  • Step 1: If requested, enter the percentages of fat, protein, and carbohydrates you consume.
  • Step 2: Indicate how long you have been breast-feeding. Hit calculate to determine how many total calories you are burning.
  • FACT: Research has indicated that breast-feeding can lower the risk in mom and baby for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Step 3: Enter data about your body, such as your weight, height, age, and activity level.
  • Step 4: Find an online calculator that can help you determine the total number of calories you burn each day, including additional calories due to breast-feeding.
  • Step 5: Figure out how much you breast-feed. A nursing mother can burn up to 500 additional calories per day.
  • TIP: Be aware that breast-feeding also increases your appetite.
  • Step 6: Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your dietary needs. Ask them to estimate how many calories you are burning and recommend what your daily caloric intake should be.

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