At Lose Baby Weight we believe that breastfeeding and weight loss can go hand in hand which is why we have created the 28 Day Breastfeeding Friendly Diet & Exercise Plan and have ensured that our weight loss plans are safe for breastfeeding mums.
More and more mums are breastfeeding their babies for longer these days but mums still want to lose their baby weight whilst breastfeeding and there is much confusion about what mums should or shouldn’t do while combining breastfeeding and weight loss.
Everyone has a different relationship with their body and with their own fitness and weight loss – and this becomes even more apparent after we have had children.
Some mums choose to lose the weight straight away and many others don’t even think about losing weight for a year or two later (or more).
There is no right or wrong time to start thinking about pregnancy weight loss – unless you have a medical problem where weight loss is essential. But instead no one should ever feel pressured to lose weight and you should only do it when you feel 100% emotionally and physically ready to do so.
But if you are breastfeeding and do want to start a losing pregnancy weight, the good news is that it is possible to lose weight when breastfeeding providing you follow a breastfeeding safe diet. This means following a diet plan that is based on healthy eating principles and light exercise and is free from caffeine and any weight loss accelerants.
It is important not to follow any extreme diets which advise cutting out food groups or eating too much of one group – for example a diet that tells you to only eat protein each time you eat.
At Lose Baby Weight, we ensured that all our pregnancy weight loss plans are based on getting optimal nutrition into your body and being in the best health possible. Our plans help to nourish your body and ensure you lose weight in a safe and healthy way.
Our 28 Day Diet & Exercise Plan was created to be breastfeeding safe and the meal plan has been formulated by top nutritionists to help support your milk supply and ensure you do not go hungry.
And our Healthy Mummy smoothies were specifically designed to be free of chemicals, weight loss accelerants and caffeine so that as well as being the best possible product for all mums’ bodies, it is also safe in breastfeeding.
And added ingredients in the smoothies include fenugreek, flaxseed and pumpkin seed to help support your milk supply and you can read reviews from mums here. The smoothies are also gluten and dairy free if you or your baby have allergies. You can read about the nutritionsists’ reviews (including the Body & Soul nutritionist)
If mums are breastfeeding with weight loss aspirations, then they can still have a ravenous appetite, so focusing on a calorie-controlled breastfeeding and weight loss diet plan can be very challenging. When breastfeeding, mum’s need to intake approximately 500 calories extra for their own health and nutrition as well as that of their baby – but the good news is that breastfeeding and weight loss can go hand in hand as mum’s will also burn approximately 500 calories per day.
Mum’s often want to lose their baby weight immediately after birth and will do anything they can to lose the weight quickly – however a point that needs to be noted is that toxins are stored in our fat cells so if the weight is lost too quickly then those toxins are released into the body and can pass through the milk to the baby. So the message is to aim for slow and steady weight loss (500g – 1kg a week) so there is no dramatic release of the toxins and so you and your baby stay healthy.
Mums who wish to combine breastfeeding and weight loss also need to be cautious about supplements on the market to aid weight loss as there are some programs that contain products that could make your baby sick when passed through the milk to them such as phentermine, aloe vera, caffeine, kelp, high doses of chromium and phenylpropanolamine (an ingredient in dexatrim and acutrim). Also, many weight loss supplements also contain ephedrine which is a substance that increases metabolic rate and has been associated with severe increase in blood pressure, palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and seizures – not a good option for you when you are breastfeeding.
So what is our philosophy on breastfeeding and weight loss ? We believe that it is important to lose the baby weight through safe and healthy methods and by taking a multi-layered approach towards breastfeeding and weight loss, which when followed correctly will help you shed the weight. The multi-layered approach towards breastfeeding and weight loss includes a focus on the health and nutrition on the mum’s diet, as without consuming the right nutrients and achieving optimum cellular nutrition then the body cannot function correctly which becomes a barrier to weight loss and in turn has a big impact on the mum’s energy levels; as well as mild exercise, motivation and support. Through our unique breastfeeding weight loss programs and our Healthy Mummy smoothie range we also aim for a maximum weight loss of 500g – 1kg per week which varies according to the metabolism of each mum. We are big believers of a slow and steady weight loss while breastfeeding.
The Healthy Mummy products we use on our breastfeeding and weight loss plan are nutritionally focused and do not which contain any caffeine or weight loss accelerators, are gluten free, are dairy free, are high in fibre and protein, are low in sugar, have over 25 vitamins and minerals in and contain fenugreek and flaxseed. In creating the Healthy Mummy range the Monash University in Victoria were consulted in development stage with the list of ingredients to ensure breastfeeding safety. Please also note that the Monash University do reiterate that dramatic weight loss when breastfeeding should not be attempted when breastfeeding. Please see the breastfeeding and weight loss Q&A for more information on our breastfeeding and weight loss plans.
The concept behind the weight loss plan is that through the healthy mummy smoothies the mum gets the right amount of nutrition for her body at breakfast and lunch time. The smoothies are filling and are easy to make so that you don’t have to worry about skipping vital nutrients which are important for you and your milk supply. There are no weight loss accelerants added and the reason the mums lose the weight is because they are now giving their body everything it needs to function properly which means it can eliminate waste better, it doesn’t have the sugar cravings and it can function better from a metabolic perspective.
Breakfast – 1 x caffeine free green tea, 1 x nutritional smoothie with oats, low fat milk and fruit
All popped in a blender and easy to make
Mid morning snack – cottage cheese and carrot sticks or a fruit salad with yoghurt plus a caffeine free green tea
Lunch – 1 x caffeine free green tea, 1 x Healthy Mummy smoothie or a lunch from the 28 Day Diet & Exercise Plan
Mid afternoon snack – wholegrain toast with tinned sardines or a handful of nuts and piece of fruit with a caffeine free green tea
Evening meal – A high protein and high vegetable (including wholegrains)healthy meal such as seafood and vegetable pasta, stuffed peppers with lamb, super nutritional rice salad, white fish, tomato and eggplant – all available under the recipe section.
Evening snack – some nuts and fruit, or a yoghurt and nuts or some dark chocolate and nuts
Night time snacking – An apple with peanut butter or some chopped up veggies with cottage cheese
We also recommend mums to drink at least 1.5-2 litres of water per day.
*This material is for information only and not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. Please consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program and do not begin any exercise routine unless you have your Doctor’s clearance.
We also recommend talking to your doctor if your baby suffers from colic or reflux before starting any diet plan as certain foods may exacerbate the colic if you are breastfeeding.
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If you have any queries on our breastfeeding and weight loss plans, contact us and we will be happy to help!
If you are ready to lose weight then the Lose Baby Weight plans offer a healthy and safe exercise and diet routine. And don’t forget to check out our current promotions and discounts page to see what specials we have on this week on our Healthy Mummy product range