Myths surrounding breastfeeding and weight loss

November 14, 2015



If you look up stories surrounding breastfeeding and weight loss, you’ll often hear two theories – the problem is that these theories are a direct contradiction of each other. On one hand you’ll hear people tell you that breastfeeding can help you to lose weight and on the other you’ll hear people say that it can cause you to gain weight! So which is true?


What The Experts Say

If you listen to experts in this field then most of them will agree that this really depends on circumstances and that there are no guarantees that breastfeeding will make you gain weight or help you lose it. It can sometimes be the case that mums who breastfeed for a long time return to their pre-baby weight much more quickly, but that is not always the case.

For starters it depends on how much weight mum-to-be put on during the time she was pregnant, how much she weight before and whether she exercised during her pregnancy. Of course the amount of calorie consumed after you have given birth will also have a big affect on your weight, how quickly you lose it or whether you gain it.


Medical Advice

If you ask for solid advice in this field then you will find that GPs and Midwives won’t use breastfeeding as an incentive to lose weight. Although breastfeeding is recommended in most cases, it shouldn’t be done just because mum feels that this is the quickest way to drop pounds.

Many people assume that as breastfeeding burn up to 500 calories a day, it is the best way to lose weight but that is not the case. You’ll have to eat more to compensate for this and ensure that you’re giving your baby a good quality milk – as well as the fact that breastfeeding will naturally feeling more hungry.

The truth is that, there is no real answer when it comes to breastfeeding and weight loss/gain. Instead you need to do what feels right for you and your baby at the time, as this is the most important thing .

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