Breastfeeding is best for moms and their babies for several reasons. Besides providing nourishment and helping to protect your baby against becoming sick, breastfeeding may help you lose the weight gained in pregnancy. Moderate exercise and eating less can help breastfeeding mothers lose weight.
- A great time to lose weight after pregnancy is while breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding may make it easier to lose weight because you are using extra calories to feed your infant.
- Women who breastfeed exclusively for more than 3 months tend to lose more weight than those who do not.
- Those who continue breastfeeding beyond 4-6 months may continue to lose weight.
While you are breastfeeding, your need to increase your fluid volume. You may notice that you are thirstier than before. Drink enough water and other fluids to quench your thirst.
A common suggestion is to drink a glass of water or other beverage every time you breastfeed. Some beverages, such as soft drinks and fruit drinks, contain added sugars. Limit your intake of these beverages.
Use caution when drinking beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. These substances pass from your bloodstream into your breast milk and to your baby.
Drinking a moderate amount (less than 200mg
) of coffee or other caffienated beverages does not affect your baby. Some baby's may tolerate caffeine better than others.
Breastfeeding provides many benefits. Do not stop breastfeeding altogether just because you would like to have an occasional drink.