The good news is that breastfeeding can naturally help new mums to lose weight! The process of breastfeeding helps to burn off stored fat and makes losing post baby weight easier, when combined with a healthy eating plan and moderate exercise.
However, while breastfeeding gives new mums a weight loss edge, it’s also wise not to try and rush it. Excessive dieting and losing too much fat too fast can cause your body to release excess toxins and PCB’s that are stored in the fat cells in the body. This, in turn, can be passed on to your baby and can be harmful to his or her health.
Experts advise that new mums anticipate a ten month to one year weight loss period after a baby, and that weight loss should be gradual. It’s important to make sure that you eat enough to provide extra energy for breastfeeding, and that you stay hydrated too.
So, while you’re recovering from pregnancy, try not to rush things. Take it slow, enjoy your baby, eat healthily and do some moderate exercise. The weight will come off eventually, and no one expects you to be back in your pre-pregnancy jeans overnight.