Monday, September 21, 2009

Breastfeeding Weight Loss After Pregnancy

It’s that time of day again, and you eagerly settle down in your grandmother’s antique rocking chair to breastfeed your newborn. This is the best time of the day for you as it affords more bonding time with your baby. But did you also know that you are gaining more from it then mother-child bond alone? Did you know that if you are breastfeeding weight loss can be an added bonus for you?

It’s true. Studies show that for a new mother who is breastfeeding weight loss is almost a given. The only time that the weight loss becomes nullified is of course, if you go on a eating binge during the time which you are breastfeeding your baby. If you eat sensibly however, and don’t snack on sweet or overly sugary or fatty foods, you will find that eventually breastfeeding your newborn infant can lead to weight loss for you.

Of course, the results aren’t instantaneous and you aren’t going to lose pound after pound of weight each time that your newborn wants to feed. It is more or less a gradual change, with the most concentrated affect being seen only after you wean your baby from breast milk.

However, if you feel disappointment at this, you might want to keep in mind that it took nine months for you to put on the weight, and it will take you almost as long to lose the weight if you are doing it in a healthy manner.

The breastfeeding weight loss link has long been known, although it is only catching on with more and more mothers as of late. That said, one of the reasons that you gain weight when you are pregnant, is because your body is gearing itself up for those months ahead when you will be breastfeeding your baby.

It has been shown that breastfeeding mothers will sometimes use up to 700 calories a day while they are breastfeeding, weight loss with those types of figures then seems a foregone conclusion right? The only problem comes if your food intake is larger than those calories you expend, over and above your normal intake.

So if you are breastfeeding, weight loss might seem like a foregone conclusion, but don’t take it for granted. You will still need to watch your weight, and watch the foods that you are eating. However, this is still great news for new mothers to have, considering the struggle that many have to lose the postpartum weight.

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