Is Breastfeeding Helpful For Postpartum Weight Loss?

According to the researchers of a 2021 research, postpartum weight fluctuations during and immediately following pregnancy can have serious long-lasting health implications for all women. Postpartum weight change can reduce the likelihood of developing obesity and long-term weight gain. However, women should approach postpartum weight loss very carefully, because the body takes awhile to return to its previous shape. The first three weeks postpartum are a vital period to return to normal eating patterns, exercise routines, and sleeping patterns. Women should stay vigilant about their postpartum weight loss, especially if they are nursing.


A good starting postpartum weight loss program is to stick to your pre-baby diet, at least up until the day you stop taking the medicine. Then you can start eating normally, but with careful record keeping and sensible exercise and dieting, you can lose up to five pounds in the first two weeks. You can then begin a gradual, controlled exercise regimen to help you lose per week the rest of your excess weight.

It is possible that your baby could be sickle cell disease or sickle cell metabolism, both of which can increase the risk of postpartum weight loss. The baby can also have allergies, which can affect milk production. In cases such as these, it’s best to consult with a doctor to learn the best course of action. In most cases, though, the mother can expect normal breast milk production after the first three months.

Exercising is also a key component of postpartum weight loss. Starting an exercising routine is a good idea to help you lose those excess pounds. You can start by walking around the neighborhood or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Then you can gradually move on to doing moderate resistance exercises, such as sit-ups, push-ups, and crunches. Once you’re losing a few pounds, you can try a higher resistance workout. You can also increase your calorie intake gradually to burn more calories, so the extra pounds will soon be dropping off too.

Good nutrition is important for postpartum weight loss, especially since breastfeeding may help you lose weight faster than normal. Be sure to stay aware of your weight, eat a balanced diet, and check with your doctor for any further questions. You can reach your doctor easily through an online consultation, so he or she can help you get started on a new and healthy diet.

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