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Sep 302011

Breastfeeding and weight loss

Right after mother had a baby, here stars the rapid phase of weight loss during the next first six weeks.

Not only is breastfeeding better for the baby, however, research also says it’s better for the mother. Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories a day, with the typical range from 200 to 600 calories burned a day. It’s estimated that the production of 1 oz. of breast milk burns 20 calories. The amount of calories burned depending on how much the baby eats. Breastfeeding twins burn twice as much as feeding only one baby. With twins their mom burns 1000 calories a day. Burning an extra 500 calories a day will result in one pound of weekly weight loss.
Studies have shown that breastfeeding mothers lose more weight after pregnancy than bottle-feeding moms. Another study discovered that breastfeeding for at least 6 months leads to lower maternal weight gain several years later.

Exercising With a BabyDoctors advice that moms should eat healthy too. They should consume at least 2,400 calories a day. Even you are loosing weight while breastfeeding, you still should watch what you eat. As usually, you should avoid junk and fattening food, don’t drink sodas, consume proteins and fruits.
If you feel like it, you can go ahead and exercise too. Researches have proved that being active will not impair your milk supply if you are breastfeeding.

When loosing weight after pregnancy, it’s very important to take it slowly. Remember, that your body had stressful time gaining weight rapidly during 9 months. Avoid following aggressive diets and overexercising. Being healthy is a priority.

Other breastfeeding benefits for mothers are…

– Lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancer
– Possibly leading to stronger bones
– Possible reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis
– Reduce postpartum depression
– Lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

Calories burned breastfeeding a baby equals the calories burned jogging for few miles.

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