16 Tips To Help You Safely Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

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Make Sure You’re Eating Enough

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The thing is, you actually can diet while breastfeeding. A little. But you have to be smart about it. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet while nursing a baby is a terrible idea that can lead to a problem with your milk supply. Most doctors and other experts advise not going below 1500-1800 calories daily, depending on your body type and how much weight you’re trying to lose; most women do better staying at the higher end of that range. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, meanwhile, recommends that women of “normal” weight aim for 2500 calories daily. Instead of worrying too much about calories, it’s smarter to instead focus on what you’re eating, and make sure that what you’re taking in is the healthiest possible. Calories matter less than nutrient-density, but if calorie-counting is your thing, just make sure you don’t go too low.

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