BREASTFEEDING AND WEIGHT LOSS
Mums want to know how soon they will be able to regain their pre-pregnancy weight after the birth of the baby. Most experts advise mothers that the act of breastfeeding their babies will help reduce the weight gained during pregnancy, but are reluctant to put a time frame to it.
If you are a breastfeeding mum looking for ways to lose weight while breastfeeding, it is important to know that cutting down on calorie intake while breastfeeding, can often have the opposite effect. The problem usually is not that you are eating too many calories, but more often the problem is that you are taking in insufficient calories. If you cut down on calories while you are breastfeeding, your body is prompted to think that it is starving, and it slows down your metabolism. Although it may seem counter-intuitive to you, taking in more calories while breastfeeding will actually facilitate the process of weight loss, because the body is not trying to hold onto fat in order to store it for lean times.
WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY
During pregnancy it is beneficial for your body and for the growth of the baby to gain extra weight. Approximately five to twelve pounds of weight gained is maternal stores, which supplies extra energy to the mother