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Postpartum: Want to lose weight fast? Breastfeeding baby!


Here’s another good reason to nurse your baby: Quicker (and sometimes effortless) postpartum weight loss. It’s true, ladies. The energy your body expends on producing quality milk for your baby equals 500 – 600 calories per day (full time breastfeeding and/or pumping). That’s the same as doing a hard core cardio session for 1 - 1 ½ hours.

So, instead of dieting and one-hour cardio sessions, why not try nursing instead? Bond with your baby while melting that jiggly belly fat away. Sounds great, right?

Now, some of our new moms tell us that breastfeeding does not make a difference in their weight. While that may be true, give it a try for 6-8 weeks to see what difference it makes for your body. While nursing, be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but don’t go ON a diet. Chances are, you will see the pounds melt away regardless.

If you are currently nursing, but aren’t sure about continuing, think about the benefits for you and your baby. If you are feeling tired of whipping out your breast with your baby’s every demand, consider pumping. Many moms find it is a great compromise.

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