10 Tips for Losing Weight While Breastfeeding
Number One: Wait
Wait until your baby is at least 2 months old before trying to lose weight to ensure that your milk supply is established.
Start lightly, exercising 10-15 minutes 3-5 days a week and gradually increase from there.
Number Three: Hydrate
Drink a full glass of water one hour before working out, and one hour after, and during. Also, try to drink at least 8 glasses a day.
Number Four:Don’t Starve Yourself
Eat 5-6 small meals a day and try to consume 1800-2000 Calories each day.
Number Five: Take it Slow
Try not to lose more than 1.5 to 2 lbs a week, because losing too quickly is unsafe for your body and poses a risk of jeopardizing your milk supply.
Number Six: Take a Day Off
Take a day off to nurse your baby frequently and as much as possible to reestablish your milk supply.
Number Seven: Rest
Rest is key to losing weight because when you’re tired your body releases stress hormones like cortisol, which causes your body to retain fat.
Number Eight: Don’t Diet
Instead of trying a fad diet, try eating healthily because dieting only leaves room for falling off the wagon, more than changing your eating lifestyle.
Number Nine: Stick to fruits & veggies
Grab an orange or an apple instead of a cookie, and try to include a veggie with every meal.
Number Ten: Clean up
Shower or use wipes to clean yourself off after working out because babies don’t like the salty taste that is left behind.