Weight loss while breast-feeding

You may lose weight gradually while breast-feeding without trying. The rate and ease of weight loss varies widely among individuals. Some women find that it takes up to a year to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy.

If you wish to lose weight while breast-feeding, both diet and physical activity have a role. Physical activity or exercise is the safest way to lose weight during this time. Moderate calorie restriction (eating less) may be safe for some overweight women, but breast-feeding women should generally eat at least 1,800 calories a day and should be especially careful to eat balanced, nutritious meals with adequate calcium. Typically, you will gradually lose about 1 lb (0.5 kg) to 2 lb (0.9 kg) per week. Extreme weight-loss diets should be avoided while breast-feeding.

Talk to a nutritional counselor, registered dietitian, or your doctor about a safe, healthy weight-loss diet.

Last Updated: May 4, 2009

related physicians

related services

Bon Secours International| Sisters of Bon Secours USA| Bon Secours Health System

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2010 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.