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Does breast-feeding make you lose weight?

All this talk about mommy-milk made me ask

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Nov. 1, 2008 in Pregnancy

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Answers (8)
  • I formula fed and was back in my skinny jeans two weeks after my son was born. My sister breast fed and it took her about a year to lose the baby weight. Every woman's body is different. When I was pregnant I did not eat a ton of food I realized my baby was very tiny and did not eat like my sister did. She ate like she was carrying two linebackers. So I only gained 30lbs she gained 80 lbs. I only had 4 lbs to lose when I left the hospital she had a lot more. Eat healthy and sensible while pregnant and you won't have that much to lose after delivery no matter if you breast feed or not.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • I believe it helps. I breastfed my first four children, and didn't my fifth. I noticed a difference. Don't think you won't have to work out because you are breastfeeding. You will you just have a little help because of the breastfeeding.
    Jjwebb

    Answer by Jjwebb at 1:41 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • personally, I think it depends on the woman. For me, it didn't -- I lost weight AFTER I was done breastfeeding. But I've heard of some moms say it does. And of course, it says it in all the baby books and things you look up online. I also remember seeing in an interview with SJP that she said the exact same thing as me -- it didn't help her lose weight -- it happened AFTER.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • Some women do, I unfortunantly was not one of those women. With all 4 of mine I lost some in the beginning, and then I maintained until at least 6 months after I was done nursing. My body just held onto everything and wouldn't let me loose anything
    crazymomof42006

    Answer by crazymomof42006 at 1:43 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • It can help because it burns calories to make milk. It doesn't work for everyone though.
    SamanthaAgain

    Answer by SamanthaAgain at 1:46 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • It helped me lose quite a bit in the beginning. Since then, my weight has sort of maintained. I am not losing and I am not gaining. I have more weight to lose, and I am still BFing. It does help burn calories and does help for many women. It helped me, but I still have to do some of the work myself.
    TeaAndrews

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 1:52 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • I'm hoping and praying I'll be one of the lucky ones that loses weight by breastfeeding xP I haven't gained practically any weight during my pregnancy, but I'm overweight to begin with and it would be nice to shed a couple pounds.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:18 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • Breast feeding burns calories. So, it does help in the weight loss area. However, a healthy diet and exercise are best!  Breast feeding alone will not shed the pounds!

    Courtney610

    Answer by Courtney610 at 2:29 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

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