Breastfeeding and Weight Loss

Weightloss-banner-call-to-action-23-3During pregnancy you gained between 25 to 35 pounds which 8 pounds is maternal fat. The maternal fat that you have gained during your pregnancy serves as a constant source of energy in the production of adequate breast milk for you baby. Producing milk is an energy demanding process that requires 500 extra calories each day. The energy to produce milk comes from both the food that you eat as well as the maternal fat that you have gained during pregnancy. This naturally help you to lose weight. Besides losing weight after baby, there are other health benefits to the mother which include :-

  • Reduce risk of developing postpartum depression

  • Decrease risk of having osteoporosis and lower risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer

  • Less blood loss following childbirth and improved healing

  • Reduce risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease

  • Promotes production and release of oxytocin which assists uterus to restore to its average size quicker.

Benefits to the baby include :-

  • Reduce your baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS).

  • Contains antibodies from you that assist to protect your baby against tummy bugs (gastroenteritis), ear infections and colds.

  • Reduce risk of allegies

  • Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

  • Nutritionally balanced meals