The Healthy Way To Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    Being a new mother is exhausting and stressful enough without setting unrealistic goals to lose weight. Health experts say that losing weight slowly is the way to go.

    "You've gained that baby weight in more than nine months, don't expect to lose it overnight," said Debbie Petitpain, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Gradual weight loss, one pound per week, is a safe and reasonable goal for a breastfeeding mother.

    "A new mother who is losing weight slowly is more likely to be successful with her weight loss and is not committed to minimizing breast milk production," Petitpain said.

    Women who eat less than 1,800 calories per day can reduce the amount of milk their body produces.

    Be sure to eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and three servings of dairy products a day.

    "Low-fat dairy products help you meet your protein needs, as well as get some extra calcium, but if you don't mind dairy products, you can also get those nutrients through other foods," Petitpain said. in your general well-being. Get a variety of healthy foods, a slow exercise routine, lots of rest and time with your friends and family. "

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