While this body may not be perfect, or anything like it used to be, it carried a tiny human for 9 months, brought a beautiful baby into the world, and now it’s feeding your baby too. That’s pretty amazing!
As you work on losing the weight, remind yourself just how amazing that body of yours is!
Be careful not to compare your weight loss journey to other moms. They all have different bodies, metabolisms, home environments, and work situations that contribute to their unique story and body weight.
For me, it took 6 months to loose all of my 40 pounds of pregnancy weight, and about a year to really fit back into my clothes again. I did all this while breastfeeding my babies for the first year.
I’ve had 2 babies, one in 2014 and another in 2017. While I breastfed both of them for a year, I was also able to lose my baby weight.
Here’s what helped me, and I hope may help you too!
How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding
1. Stay Active
I believe I was able to get under my pre-pregnacy weight partially because I was constantly running after my little one. But I also made walking a priority at least 3 times a week and limited screen time during the day. That way I was staying active rather than sitting on the couch throughout the day. However, in the evenings I did watch TV.
Here are some ways you can be active too:
- walk the neighborhood with baby in stroller
- do a YouTube workout
- meet friend to walk laps at an indoor mall
- walk or run on park trails
- walk laps in the backyard while baby naps
- clean your house
2. Eat a fruit or veggie at mealtimes and for snacks.
You don’t have to eat a salad for every meal, unless you want to! Instead, just make sure you are having at least one fruit or vegetable at each meal and at snack times. If you eat 3 meals and have 2 snacks, that means you’ll have had at least 5 servings or produce the entire day!
Eating a fruit or vegetable along with your other food will fill you up with less calories and provide the nutrients you need for breastfeeding.
You’ll be more likely to eat fruits and veggies when they are easy to grab-and-go like apples, bananas, or grapes. Frozen vegetables are also really convenient for meals because there is no peeling or cutting involved.
Here’s an example day’s worth of meals:
Breakfast- scrambled egg, toast, apple
Morning Snack- carrot sticks and hummus, cheese stick
Lunch- sandwich, chips, grapes
Afternoon snack- yogurt, granola, strawberries
Supper- Spaghetti, garlic bread, steamed broccoli
See how easy it was to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies in one day! You’re still able to eat yummy food while you provide your body with nutrient rich food that will feed both you and your baby without adding empty calories.
3. Don’t deprive yourself.
The meal plan above shows that you don’t have to skip foods you like. The key is balance. You don’t have to eat salad for every lunch and dinner unless you really love it! You can have small portions of those other foods too.
A trick that helps me is to eat the fruit or vegetable first. That way you fill up on nutrient rich foods and end up eating less of the high calorie foods. Those nutrient rich foods help you produce more milk and keep your body healthy.
If you deprive yourself of foods that you like, you’ll eventually cave and over eat. Instead, include those foods in your day, but balance them out with healthy foods as well.
4. Drink lots of water.
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do as you breastfeed. It will help you stay hydrated, produce more milk, and cleanse your body.
If you find it hard to drink water, here are some of my favorite tips:
- Carry an insulated water bottle with you everywhere you go.
- Use lots of ice to keep it cool.
- Add a slice of lemon or lime.
- Pour yourself a glass of water at each meal and drink it first.
- Consume water by drinking tea or unsweetened drinks (not soda).
5. Keep breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding for an entire year burns thousands of calories. I also believe that it helped take off stored fat in my thighs that I had also had a hard time losing before. That is just my opinion, I don’t know if it is always true!
But breastfeeding naturally burns calories and will help you lose weight. So don’t give up.For more breastfeeding help here’s How to Find Relief When Breastfeeding Hurts and How to Survive the first week of breastfeeding.
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