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Nov 14, 2016 15:17 PM

Thank you for your message. It is understandable that new mothers can feel keen to get back into their pre-baby clothes as soon as possible.

It may be helpful to think about the purpose of the extra reserves that we build up during 9 months of pregnancy. These reserves are designed to feed our babies, and as they took 9 months to be saved up they can take a similar time to gradually break down and be converted into Breastmilk. A breastfeeding mother uses an estimated 2,500 calories of energy per day - 25% more than an average female intake. Some of these calories come from additional food and drink when a breastfeeding mother feels more hungry or thirsty than usual. The remaining calories are supplied by pregnancy reserves which are gradually broken down in a new mother's body and made into Breastmilk. This gradual breakdown is important as research indicates that crash diets can stress the body as well as release environmental toxins - that we all store in our bodies - too quickly.

For another interesting perspective on the long-term health impact of breastfeeding and weight loss take a look at this talk by an American health expert. Her findings about heart disease and how breastfeeding protects women make for fascinating listening.

Best wishes

Sharon George IBCLC