A lot of moms worry about the fact that breastfeeding and weight loss don’t go hand in hand and that one might affect the other. We can totally relate. Who wants to affect their milk supply and risk their babies being underfed jus for the sake of losing a kilo or two? Honestly, losing baby weight just isn’t as important as having a healthy child.
But here’s the good news: when done the right way, you CAN lose pregnancy weight WITHOUT your milk supply dropping. Here’s how:
Tips to combine breastfeeding and weight loss
1. Focus on drinking loads of water
Breastfeeding moms need to stay hydrated, and the good news is that drinking water can curb your appetite, which helps you burn more calories. Drink a glass of water before and after every meal and try drinking another glass of water each time you sit down for a feeding session.
2. Don’t starve yourself
Breastfeeding and weight loss can only work well together when you strike a perfect balance. The average breastfeeding moms need about 300-500 calories more than a regular woman to keep her milk and energy supply in check. But it’s really not necessary to count calories when you’re breastfeeding and trying to lose weight at the same time. All you have to do is to ensure that you’re fueling your body with nutritious foods whenever you’re hungry. That being said, it’s important to cut out any processed junk. Focus on consuming whole foods, lean proteins, and a variety of fresh fruits am vegetables. The “rawer” the foods you consume, the higher their thermogenic effect, which means you’ll be burning calories as you eat.
3. Limit the caffeine
Who doesn’t love a good cup of Joe in the morning? Especially as a busy new mom, coffee might be your go-to friend, but it’s definitely not a beneficial friend while you’re breastfeeding and trying to lose weight. You should limit yourself to two or three cups of caffeinated beverages a day. Caffeine in your breastmilk might agitate your baby or even disrupt his or her sleep. And that is the LAST thing you want on your plate. Also, when you limit caffeine, you’ll sleep better. This, in turn, revs up your metabolism and burns more calories during your waking hours AND promotes fat burning when you go to bed as well. It’s a win-win.