Making enough milk for your baby and losing the baby weight are two of the most stressful things about your postpartum journey. Be sure not to pressure yourself into losing the weight quickly. You are still growing another human being with your own body! Your body will get back into shape in good time. After all it took 9 months to grow that belly, give yourself AT LEAST 9 months for your body to recover. Making enough milk for your little should be priority over losing weight, but here are 3 smart ways to help you lose weight while boosting your milk supply!
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1.) Nurse on Demand
Nursing does burn around 300-500 calories a day, and for some women it helps them shed the pounds like crazy. Nursing on demand is the absolute best thing for your milk supply. This is how your body knows exactly how much milk to make and meets the growing needs of baby.
2.) Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water is recommended for weight loss even if you aren’t breastfeeding. Sometimes our bodies mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking a glass before meals will help keep you fuller and will result in you eating smaller portions. Drinking plenty of water will prevent dehydration and will help replace fluids lost during lactation. Listen to your body when you are breastfeeding, and be sure to satisfy your thirst.
3.) Make Savvy Food Choices
You’ll find that you may crave lots of sugar and fatty foods while nursing, and some days it can feel like you are constantly starving. Being home by yourself with a newborn, it can be easy to just grab the first thing you see, healthy or not. Having your house stocked with whole, non-processed foods can help eliminate the junk food out of your diet. Fruits and cinnamon are great for satisfying those sugar cravings, and yogurt and cheese can satisfy those fatty cravings, while meeting your protein needs. Avocados and coconut oil are other great fat-healthy foods. Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day will also help boost your metabolism.
Certain foods in general have been shown to boost milk supply, such as oatmeal, fennel, and barley. Oatmeal is full of fiber and aids in digestion, Plus, it gives you energy; a must for the sleep-deprived new mommy. Add a bowl of oatmeal to your morning routine. Fennel is also great for digestion, and is an excellent galactagogue. Drink some fennel tea, or add some fennel to pasta or salads. Barley has been shown to increase prolactin in humans and animals. Add whole barley to homemade bread, soups, and salads.
Following these 3 smart tips will help you increase the quantity and quality of your milk supply, all while helping you lose the baby weight. Remember to not pressure yourself into losing the baby weight too quickly. You grew a human inside of you for 9 months, and now you are growing baby on the outside with your body. Your’e amazing mama!
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