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Breastfeeding Diet: How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

As a retired lactation consultant, mother of 3 and grandmother of one, I get asked this question quite often:  "How do I loose the baby weight?"  More recently I was asked about diet pills, which are unsafe for the nursing mother.  That caused me to take action so I am giving you a guideline below based on two decades of experience and the additional 500 calories per day needed by nursing mothers or 1000 extra calories if you are nursing twins.  As with any diet, consult your doctor before beginning this and do no begin until the baby is at least 3 months old. 
     Losing weight is not necessarily how much you eat, but what combination of foods you eat in order to jump start your metabolism.Start by measuring yourself and not just weighing yourself because you begin to lose inches faster than pounds so it is encouraging to see the smaller waistline, etc.An inexpensive food scale and measuring cups is helpful for this process.Do not “cheat” by exchanging servings and eat eve…