Does breastfeeding help you lose weight?

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Everyone is different, I was quite slim after I gave birth but gradually gained on the pounds due to the extra calories you have to consume in order to keep your milk supply up, plus I was hungry a lot!

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Yes it does help you lose weight, you lose 60 calories for every ounce you pump. But you’re also supposed to eat an additional 400 calories a day, and stay hydrated while breastfeeding

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It helped me because I couldn’t eat much to compensate for the calories due to stress. Also my milk started to dwindle because of stress. So while it made me lose weight, I didn’t breastfeed for long.

I think it’s different for each person… I lost the 60lbs in about 5 months and continued to lose & maintain for a year and a half of nursing.

I didn’t eat a ridiculous amount and always ate healthy during… but never had a big appetite because of it. Just added in one large snack per day and stayed hydrated as best I could.

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Different for each one & their daily lives, diets, metabolisms etc…my last baby, I seemed to be hungrier, leaking more, not much daily excercise…I think it all depends on how exclusive & religiously pumping/feeding, if your hydrated, daily physical activity, daily diet, limited daily sugar/junk food diet, etc

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I gain weight when I breastfeed because I’m soooo hungry. Way more so than when I’m pregnant. Hopefully you get the opposite

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Breastfeeding helps the muscles of the uterus to contract and therefore helping it to return to its natural size. Therefore your belly will shrink in size back to normal. However I don’t believe it burns fat to help lose extra kgs we put on during the pregnancy. That all still comes down to what we are eating and how we are exercising. I walked a lot with the pram instead of driving. That helped.

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Your body burns slightly more calories while breastfeeding, which caused me to feel like I was starving so I consequently overate while producing. I didn’t lose weight until we quit breastfeeding.

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For me yes I even had to buy a couple new jeans :jeans:because all my pre pregnancy jeans were huge on me. Breastfeed for 2 yrs and then my weight returned to my normal pre pregnancy weight

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Breastfeeding is causing me to gain weight unfortunately. That’s because I have a HUGE appetite ever since I started breastfeeding and I have bad eating habits. I don’t eat the healthiest of things.

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Yes
I had humongous twins… (they were 6.5 and 8.5 at birth) I gained 100 lbs.
I nursed them for 9 months. And after 4 months was back at my prebirth weight .

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The weight fell right off for me. Breastfeeding was the best thing I ever did.

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It helps your uterus shrink down to normal size after delivery quicker.

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I think so, my sister nursed all 3 of her babies and shes still 130 lbs.

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No. Eat a well balanced diet, drink lots and go for walks. Baby excess will eventually deplete.

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It doesn’t help you to lose weight… It’s just a myth… You actually tend to EAT MORE when you are giving birth… Breastfeeding makes me hungry…

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I lost what i gained in a few weeks then 10 more pounds within the 6 months

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Not for me almost 2 years of nursing and I’m the same weight

It’s helps you to burn a lot more calories!

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