If you’ve just become a mom you might be among those who gained some weight, perhaps even up to 50lbs more throughout the duration of your pregnancy. It can be hard enough losing weight, but weight gain associated with pregnancy usually seems twice as hard to get rid of.
This may be attributed to a variety of reasons – including but not limited to that constant feeling of hunger you may experience particularly if you had problems keeping down your food before your little one got evicted :).
Still breastfeeding and or exclusive pumping can turn out to be one of your greatest helps in postpartum weight loss if you want to melt that fat and return to your usual weight in no time.
If the lactation specialist told you that a benefit of breastfeeding is weight loss, don’t scoff at the idea because it has some merit. I was skeptic but after hitting my college weight after two weeks of breastfeeding, I’m sold.
So here is how it works: you are bound to lose about 10lbs that accounted for the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid. It is said that you lose an extra 300-500 calories per day while breastfeeding.
If your little one is feeding at least every two hours that’s between 2100-3500 calories per week! Plus that doesn’t even account for the calories your body will burn while making the milk :).
Now for every one ounce of breast milk you burn 20 calories, so what you can do is calculate how much your baby drinks each feeding time and multiply it by 20 to figure out how many calories you lose each day.
If you breastfeed exclusively it can be hard to calculate and track the calories you are burning to ensure you monitor your food intake correctly, so you can express some milk and see how many ounces will satisfy your little munchkin.
An electronic pump can be a big help since you can express and freeze your milk for months, and each time you pump you’ll be able to measure your calorie output.