Breastfeeding makes it easier to shed the extra pounds put on during pregnancy, according to different studies , the lactation may be an ideal time to lose weight. Breastfeeding naturally mobilizes fat stores, even fat accumulated before pregnancy. But it is important to go slowly.
Nursing mothers do nothing consciously to bring about weight loss during the first two months after birth. During that time your body needs to recover from childbirth and establish a good milk supply. Most breastfeeding mothers will lose a few pounds while following a normal diet. Breastfeeding mothers often shed extra pounds gained during pregnancy when their babies are three to six months old. In one study, breastfeeding mothers lost more weight when their babies were three to six months old than formula feeding mothers who were consuming fewer calories.
If you aren’t losing weight as quickly as you’d like, you can begin by increasing your activity level and decreasing your caloric intake. By taking a two-mile walk five times a week with the baby in a stroller or baby carrier while at the same time eliminating 100 calories from your daily diet (the number of calories in three teaspoons of margarine or butter), you can expect to lose two or three pounds a month.