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I just had a baby and I am trying to get rid of the extra weight I gained while pregnant. How can I lose the weight in a way that will be safe for breastfeeding my baby?
Posted by Stephan Mackenzie on 22 April 2011 11:18 AM
You gained weight during your pregnancy for a reason -- to nourish yourself and your baby. While breastfeeding, your body needs to use some of that extra fat to produce milk. It is especially important for you to get enough nutrients while breastfeeding because your baby depends on the nutrients that you consume. For this reason, it is not a great idea to actively diet while you are breastfeeding. Increasing your activity level to try to lose weight is fine, as is eating a well-balanced diet full of healthy nutrients from fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and lean protein. This is definitely not the time to be restricting calories or following any sort of fad diet. If you are trying to lose weight when breastfeeding, even through physical activity and a balanced diet, it is best to be supervised by a qualified healthcare practitioner like a dietitian. Also, before exercising, check with your doctor to make sure that enough time has passed since your delivery and that it is safe.
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