Large research reviews all find that breastfeeding does lead to greater weight loss at 6 months after birth, but that the amount lost is so tiny as to be trivial: Breastfeeding mothers shed an extra 1-2 lbs on average–provided they breastfed for at least 6 months.
Secondly, how much weight can you lose 6 months postpartum?
Through diet and regular exercise, it might be reasonable to lose up to 1 pound (0.5 kilogram) a week. It might take six months to one year to return to your pre-pregnancy weight, whether you’re breast-feeding or not.
In this way, when do you start losing weight from breastfeeding?
When can I start losing weight? It is recommended that you wait at least 6-8 weeks postpartum to start to lose weight, as your body needs this time to recover from childbirth and establish a good milk supply. Many mothers lose weight in the early months by following a well-balanced diet and eating to hunger.
Can breastfeeding make it difficult to lose weight?
Why can’t I lose weight while breastfeeding? Losing weight while breastfeeding can be difficult because breastfeeding (and being postpartum) can be a very stressful time for you. As a result, high levels of stress + the stress of breastfeeding can paradoxically increase your risk of weight gain instead of weight loss.
Unfortunately, the fat stored during pregnancy will not automatically disappear postpartum. Your body will likely cling to the extra stores of fat and ready itself for breastfeeding – something that can actually help you lose pregnancy-gained body fat – but more on that in a minute.
Your abdominal skin and muscles stretch a little more than they did the first time around, so it can take longer for them to tighten up and shrink back in. This can make you feel like you still look pregnant, even months after your baby is born, which can be pretty disheartening!
And lastly, being a new mom is stressful, and stress hormones can promote weight gain, and women are more likely to eat when they are stressed. So there you go, thyroid problems, sleeplessness, and stress contribute to postpartum weight gain.
How Can I Improve My Postpartum Belly?
- Exercise. Over time, your postpartum belly will lessen on its own. …
- Eat well. Just like you maintained a healthy diet while pregnant, try to commit to eating healthy postpartum. …
- Be realistic. Remember that giving birth is one of the most incredible things you’ll ever do.
Beyond providing nourishment and helping to protect your baby from getting sick, breast-feeding can also help you lose weight gained during pregnancy. When you breast-feed, you use fat cells stored in your body during pregnancy — along with calories from your diet — to fuel your milk production and feed your baby.
To help you in losing weight while breastfeeding, try to work yourself up to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, which is about 20 to 30 minutes a day of walking. You can also resume things like yoga or tai chi, especially if you were practicing before baby.