Ask Dr. Mike: How To Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Today’s question comes from a Facebook Fan. She asks:

What can do for nutritionally as a nursing mom? Sometimes I feel like it’s not possible to lose weight as a nursing mom because I’m so afraid of losing my milk supply. Any suggestions?

I think that in these situations it is important to focus on metabolism enhancing activities and not metabolism decreasing activities (such as caloric restriction).

In this video I discuss 2 calorie burning keys for losing weight while breast-feeding and then how to estimate your calorie needs to elicit weight loss while breast-feeding.

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  1. Sarah June 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    My issue is that I will be having a C-section. I still would like to do some sort of exercise, but know I am very restricted for six weeks. This is my second C-section, so I am aware of the healing process. Any suggestions on ways to increase calorie burn when it’s not a natural birth?

  2. Aurora T. Agee October 11, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    As a fitness professional and breastfeeding mother, I am still trying to get my behavior to match my knowledge, lol! I have read that 70-80% of the weight loss equation is diet, so that is where I should be putting most of my efforts, right? But no….I would rather spend 1.5 hours in the gym or train for a marathon to get the weight off. I am about 4 days away from completing my 1st full marathon and I will have trained 16 weeks for it. Sadly, I didn’t lose 1 pound!!! I have accepted the reality that I have to change my eating habits, especially since I am not 25 anymore :) . Even with exclusive breastfeeding for 1 year AND consistent exercise, I have never dropped weight easily, and I know the fact that I have not focused on eating better is to blame. My daughter recently stopped nursing at 2.5 and I am sure that my body is still adjusting, and if anything, I probably didn’t adjust my eating to account for the fact that I am no longer breastfeeeding.

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