Can breastfeeding aide in weight loss? Sure.
Does it always help with weight loss. No.
Over and over I hear advice given to moms like “just breastfeed and the weight will fall off”. This gives moms this belief that if they just start breastfeeding that they will be back to pre baby weight in no time.
What if that doesn’t happen? What if 6 months into breastfeeding the weight hasn’t melted off like they were told it would?
Disappointment and frustration probably sets in.
Even if you lost weight while breastfeeding the first time, doesn’t mean you will the second or third time around. Each pregnancy is so different and things that worked before, may not work again.
We need to start giving ourselves grace. Realize that your body knows what it’s doing. It’s already stressed out from no sleep, giving birth, and trying to produce milk, as well as feed a tiny human. It doesn’t need the added stress of a calorie deficit, which is likely what she will resort too if breastfeeding isn’t working.
And I know that it’s easy to tell a new mom, “don’t worry, the weight will fall off once you start breastfeeding”. You want to reassure here and give her hope. But that’s not always the case.
So instead of focusing on the weight loss postpartum. We need to focus on giving our body the nutrients it deserves to heal itself and produce milk for your growing baby.
Focus on nourishing your body with the right foods to heal it and weightless will come secondary. But right now, your focus shouldn’t be on healing and producing milk for your growing baby.
What is one thing you were told to do postpartum to lose weight?