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breastfeeding and dieting at the same time?

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June 20, 2019 / By Flower
Question: My son is 8 weeks old and I am nursing him. However I would like to be in a bikini this summer. I want to know if working out is going to effect my milk supply. I enjoy eating and I am awful at dieting but I do enjoy working out and exercising. I use to work out 5 days a week doing yoga, walking, and playing on the wii as much as I can. I have been having a hard time keeping my milk supply up as it is so the last thing that I want to do is mess my milk up and have to feed my son formula.
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Dandrane Dandrane | 10 days ago
Despite one highly publicized but very questionable study about exercising during lactation, there is NO evidence that moderate exercise is anything but beneficial for nursing mothers (or anyone else, for that matter.) Plan to exercise after nursing so your breasts won't be full and uncomfortable. Wear a supportive sports bra. Drink a glass of water before and immediately after exercising. Drink more in hot weather. If you regularly lift weights or do other exercises involving repetitive arm movement, start slowly. If you develop plugged ducts, cut back and start again more slowly. Rinse off your breasts before nursing - some babies don't like the taste of the salt. Take walks with your baby. If you carry him in a backpack, his extra weight will use up even more calories. Weather permitting, go for lots of walks - this counts as exercise and gets you out of the house as well. It the weather keeps you inside, try carrying your little one in a sling while you do housework - and try dancing with him. You may feel silly, but he'll love it and so will you. Nobody will see you, and postpartum mothers are supposed to act a little bit goofy - the technical term is "baby brain". As for dieting, just make healthy choices but make sure your getting the proper amount of calories to not interfere with your milk production!!! Best wishes and congrats on your new bundle of joy.....my newest one will arrive MONDAY!!!! :) Happy Easter :)
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Dandrane Originally Answered: breastfeeding and dieting at the same time?
Despite one highly publicized but very questionable study about exercising during lactation, there is NO evidence that moderate exercise is anything but beneficial for nursing mothers (or anyone else, for that matter.) Plan to exercise after nursing so your breasts won't be full and uncomfortable. Wear a supportive sports bra. Drink a glass of water before and immediately after exercising. Drink more in hot weather. If you regularly lift weights or do other exercises involving repetitive arm movement, start slowly. If you develop plugged ducts, cut back and start again more slowly. Rinse off your breasts before nursing - some babies don't like the taste of the salt. Take walks with your baby. If you carry him in a backpack, his extra weight will use up even more calories. Weather permitting, go for lots of walks - this counts as exercise and gets you out of the house as well. It the weather keeps you inside, try carrying your little one in a sling while you do housework - and try dancing with him. You may feel silly, but he'll love it and so will you. Nobody will see you, and postpartum mothers are supposed to act a little bit goofy - the technical term is "baby brain". As for dieting, just make healthy choices but make sure your getting the proper amount of calories to not interfere with your milk production!!! Best wishes and congrats on your new bundle of joy.....my newest one will arrive MONDAY!!!! :) Happy Easter :)
Dandrane Originally Answered: breastfeeding and dieting at the same time?
Working out won't affect your supply, being healthier and fitter will benefit your supply if you do it in moderation and don't go exhausting yourself. Eating very healthy fresh meals and eliminating junk food all togrther will also help you lose weight a lot faster and again will benefit your milk supply. BUT the biggest thing is making sure to keep your fluids up. You should be drinking 3 litres of water a day while breastfeeding and exercising, this will help your milk supply as your body needs lots of fluids in order to produce enough fluids/milk for your baby. If you aren't drinking enough now that could be what is affecting your milk supply already. You can also take a drug called 'DOMPERIDONE' / MOTILLIUM that increases milk supply in 24-48 hours. You can see your doctor about getting a prescription for it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domperidone

Bobbie Bobbie
Working out won't affect your supply, being healthier and fitter will benefit your supply if you do it in moderation and don't go exhausting yourself. Eating very healthy fresh meals and eliminating junk food all togrther will also help you lose weight a lot faster and again will benefit your milk supply. BUT the biggest thing is making sure to keep your fluids up. You should be drinking 3 litres of water a day while breastfeeding and exercising, this will help your milk supply as your body needs lots of fluids in order to produce enough fluids/milk for your baby. If you aren't drinking enough now that could be what is affecting your milk supply already. You can also take a drug called 'DOMPERIDONE' / MOTILLIUM that increases milk supply in 24-48 hours. You can see your doctor about getting a prescription for it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domperidone
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Alanis Alanis
It depends what you mean by dieting. If you mean eating healthy foods that have enough calories for your needs rather than eating crappy fastfood, that's great. If you mean eating processed, low-calorie "health-food" bars, not so much.
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Alanis Originally Answered: Has anyone tried dieting while breastfeeding and succeed?
Right now you need to focus solely on your baby. Dieting while breastfeeding is futile...your body needs a lot of extra calories to produce milk. Many breastfeeding mothers eat more frequently than normal because they need the energy. Drinking lots of water may help, but really you shouldn't concentrate or worry about losing the baby weight yet...it's still very early. Remember, it took you nine months to put the weight on, so it's not going to come off any sooner. Good luck!

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