7 Essential WeightLoss Tips For Breastfeeding Moms

 

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Are you breastfeeding and feel like no matter what you do, you can’t lose weight?

Do you feel like you’re hanging on to these last 5-10 lbs that no matter what you do you can’t get rid of?

 

Now, there are those moms that actually lose weight faster while breastfeeding because the act of nursing burns so many calories.

I was one of those.

I actually lost more weight while breastfeeding.  

And I gained a few pounds when I stopped breastfeeding.

 

This only happened to me the first time around.

The second time around I had learned my lesson so I knew what to do but we will discuss that on another post.

This one is for the breastfeeding momma’s that are having a hard time losing weight.7 Essential Weightloss tips for breastfeeding moms 1

 

I have worked with thousands of women like you, who had a hard time losing the baby weight because the were still breastfeeding.

I am such a huge breastfeeding advocate that I don’t want to discourage you from doing so just because you can’t lose weight.

 

So I have found 5 Strategies that have helped breastfeeding moms to be able to lose those last 5,10,15,20 lbs their bodies were clinging to.

 

First of all, there are 2 reasons why you may not be losing the weight.

1:  Hormones

2.  Body is holding on to fat

 

Hormones

There are hormones that you are releasing while breastfeeding that you can’t do anything about and actually, my pediatrician told me that those hormones are tougher than the pregnancy hormones. So give yourself a break.

 

But there are other hormones that you can do something about.  

For example:  CORTISOL.

 

This is a hormone that is completely out of wack in your body because you are not sleeping enough or good enough.

These hormones make you gain belly fat.

 

The good news is you can do something about that.

  1. Rest more (I know so hard to do).  But I show my girls how to do that so much easier than you think in my Better Body After Pregnancy Program (my postpartum academy)
  2. Take supplements to combat the cortisol.  I also talk about this in depth in my Better Body After Pregnancy Program but if you can find a good quality LIQUID VITAMIN B, and you take it daily, it will help soooooooo much.

 

HOLDING ON TO FAT

What is happening is that your body thinks it’s going to run out of nutrients for you and your baby so it starts holding (saving)……  actually…… storing them as fat kind of like for insurance purposes in case you run out.

It’s crazy how unbelievable the body is, right?

 

I also discuss the exact nutrition/diet that will combat this in my Better Body After Pregnancy Program as well as including foods in that same diet that will help increase milk supply.  It was so helpful to me and to so many other women.  

I was able to breastfeed my daughter for 16 months easily (stopped having to pump at about 6-7 months) and I was in the best shape of my life about 4 months Postpartum.

 

But let me give you some guidelines here and what you can start doing NOW in your diet to help you combat this “holding on to fat”.

 

 

How To Combat Holding On To Fat

 

The main thing that will help you combat this is speeding metabolism.

 

How do you do that?

 

  • You have to eat often.
  • Every 2-4 hours.

 

I know what you’re thinking……

Michelle, are you crazy?

I don’t have time for that right now with this baby and nursing and working and the house and the toddler.

 

7 Essential Weightloss tips for breastfeeding momsI get it.

But yes you do.

With a very strategic plan and organizing your whole life and your days, I promise you, you will have time.

 

That is what I teach and help you do in the Better Body After Pregnancy Program.

I help you organize your life and your days to make time for all of this.

 

If you are eating every few hours and you are not allowing your body to go into starvation mode, then your body won’t feel the necessity to store any for later (that’s how you store fat) and can’t lose it.

 

You are basically tricking your body into not storing any nutrient reservoirs by always feeding it.

 

It’s not as hard as you think, I have had moms who had to go back to work full time, with a newborn, and breastfeeding be able to lose all their baby weight AND MORE!

So I am 100% sure that you can do it too 🙂

 

So here are the 5 essential weight loss tips for breastfeeding moms.

 

7 Essential WeightLoss Tips For Breastfeeding Moms

  1.  Eat Often
  2.  Pre-Make & Pack Healthy Snacks (after breastfeeding snacks)
  3.  Take Supplements to combat fat holding hormones
  4.  Exercise 20 minutes a day
  5.  Don’t let yourself get hungry
  6.  Hydrate
  7.  Lower Stress

 

1.  Eat Often

We spoke about that above.

Make sure to eat a small meal with a little protein, healthy carbs, vegetables and a little healthy fats.

If baby is 4 months or less, make the food as bland as possible to prevent colic.

 

In my Better Body After Pregnancy Program, the meal plan includes all meals that are fat burning but that have the right  nutrients the baby needs while avoiding colic. 
Pretty cool right?

 

2.  Pre-Make & Pack Healthy Snacks

In the BBAPP, I also give you a ton of healthy snacks that you can make ahead of time one time a week that will help you feel satisfied, are yummy and good for you and the baby.

But take some time to look online for healthy snack recipes that you can make maybe one time a week.

 

These are essential for middle of the night feedings.

You know……….

Those feedings at 2am and then you are ravenously hungry and end up eating really bad stuff and then going back to sleep…..  

BAD……  REAL BAD !

 

If you have healthy and satisfying snacks pre-made, you will be able to just enjoy say 2 healthy chocolate chip protein cookies instead of a cheese sandwich  😉

 

Main thing is you have these ready for post-breastfeeding sessions but also for in between meals.

Always pack some healthy snacks for you in your diaper bag.

 

3.  Take Supplements to combat fat holding hormones

We already spoke about this above {Liquid Vitamin B is a good one to start with}.

 

4.  Exercise 20 Minutes a day

You may be exhausted right now but just 20 minutes a day won’t just help you lose the weight, it will also give you so much more energy and better moods 🙂

 

If you are 6 weeks postpartum or less there are some safe and super beneficial exercises you can do, I discuss those in my BBAPP.

If you are 6 weeks or more postpartum and have been cleared, you can do any kind of workout for 20 minutes.

 

Resistance based or weight training workouts are the best for burning calories and toning up.

If you want to do cardio, HIIT or interval cardio is best, and 20 minutes is more than enough.

 

In BBAPP, I show you when and how to workout depending on if you’re baby is sleeping the night or not.

But try even if its 15 minutes a day to exercise, I promise it will make you feel better and look better too.

 

5.  Don’t let yourself get hungry

 

This is huge!

You see when you let yourself get hungry, you have LOW BLOOD SUGAR.

When you have low blood sugar what your body needs PHYSIOLOGICALLY is SUGAR.

 

When you are hungry, your body is in a state of emergency and the only thing that will bring it back to normal is sugar.

 

This is why you CRAVE SUGAR.

 

This makes it really hard to have will power and you tend to OVER EAT and make BAD CHOICES.

 

Not only this, but then you’re body thinks its not getting nutrients for you and the baby so you will store whatever you eat as FAT.  

 

The trick is to eat before you get hungry.

If you eat small meals every 2-3 hours, you will never have to go through this and your chances of losing weight will be greater.

 

6.  Hydrate

This is crucial if you are breastfeeding for your milk production but also, you won’t absorb the nutrients properly if you don’t drink enough water.

 

Also, your ability to burn fat is greater when you are hydrated. 

It will also prevent you from getting bloated and retaining water which makes it even harder to look good.

 

7.  Lower Stress

 

I know this is hard because right now you are not sleeping, you are trying to adapt to this new mom life, maybe you have even started working and it’s all very overwhelming and stressful.

 

Taking a good liquid Vitamin B will help reduce the hormones you release when you are stressed that PREVENT YOU FROM BURNING FAT AND LOSING WEIGHT.

 

Also one thing that really helped me and has really helped so many moms is doing AFFIRMATIONS.

I have a whole section in my BBAPP that goes over affirmations and gives you a huge list of them.

This affects your subconscious and helps lower stress, its amazing.

 

I hope these help.

If you apply all of them, they definitely will.

And you will be able to breastfeed your baby and also lose weight.

 

Good luck!

I’m believing in you and knowing you can make some of these changes.